What Size Chandelier Should You Purchase?

Chandeliers are designed to float in a room as an important part of the decor. Too large and this fixture will overpower the space. Too small and it will look out of place. Placing a chandelier that is too small in a space is likely the biggest mistake.

Great designers, therefore, tend to make their decisions on fixtures that may appear slightly larger than might be appropriate. It’s generally always best to make the mistake on a fixture being too big than too small.

“I am a classicist at heart and observe the rules of proportion so with chandeliers placed over dining tables I like the height to be about 30’–36′ above the tables for optimal lighting.” —Sara Gilbane Sullivan

To make sure your chandelier is the right size for the room in which it will hang, consider the following:

1. How high is your ceiling? Taller ceilings demand larger fixtures.

2. What is the size and shape of your table? Island? The chandelier should complement, not overpower, anything you plan to suspend it over.

3. How big is the room you are trying to illuminate? Again, be sure the chandelier is not too big or too small for the room.

4. What is the form and design of the chandelier? Light, airy fixtures tend to look larger.

Consider a Hanging Shade as an elegant, yet simple addition to a small table. Add more than one over a kitchen island. Use in a bathroom in front of or between two mirrors

Consider a Hanging Shade as an elegant, yet simple addition to a small table. Add more than one over a kitchen island. Use in a bathroom in front of or between two mirrors

MEASUREMENT GUIDELINES

To size a chandelier for your dining room, or to be the focal point of your space, measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together. The sum, converted to inches, will equal the diameter that you can use as a guideline when selecting the size of your chandelier.

Example: 14’+20’=34′ Converted to inches=34′

Correct Size Chandelier=34’Diameter

If the resulting measurement (room length + width, converted to inches) seems inappropriate due to the size of your table, size your chandelier three quarters the width of your table.

In most cases, the bottom of your chandelier should sit approximately 30’–32′ above the tabletop.

Add a little humor to your life. This conversation piece of “Walking the Tightrope” is beautiful over a kitchen island with the rectangular shape.

Add a little humor to your life. This conversation piece of “Walking the Tightrope” is beautiful over a kitchen island with the rectangular shape.

SIZING A CHANDELIER FOR YOUR FOYER

When determining whether to hang a flush, semi-flush, or multi-tiered chandelier in your foyer, be advised that the bottom of the fixture should be at least 7′ from the floor.

For two-story foyers, if there is a window above the front door, center the chandelier so it can be seen from outside.

If your foyer is extra-large, you may also want to add sconces. Sconces should be installed 60″ from the floor and 6″– 8″ apart.

To make sure your chandelier is the right size for the room in which it will hang, consider the following:

1. How high is your ceiling? Taller ceilings demand larger fixtures.

2. What is the size and shape of your table? Island? The chandelier should complement, not overpower, anything you plan to suspend it over.

3. How big is the room you are trying to illuminate? Again, be sure the chandelier is not too big or too small for the room.

4. What is the form and design of the chandelier? Light, airy fixtures tend to look larger.

An updated twist on an antique style. Light and Airy!

An updated twist on an antique style. Light and Airy!