Picking the right lighting fixture for a room is a big decision. Lighting sets the tone of a room, so it is important to consider a number of factors when selecting just the right fixture.
Here are some very helpful guidelines from HINKLEY LIGHTING courtesy of lightingtrends.com to help you select just the right lighting for your space.
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.
To make sure your chandelier is the right size for the room in which it will hang, consider the following:
How high is your ceiling? Taller ceilings demand larger fixtures.
What is the size and shape of your table? Island? The chandelier should complement, not overpower, anything you plan to suspend it over.
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.
What is the form and design of the chandelier? Light, airy fixtures tend to look larger.
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′
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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 table top.