Selecting Your Dining Room’s Chandelier
The focal point of any stylish dining room is the chandelier. When well chosen, the chandelier completes the ambiance of the room both with its design and lighting. With such a wide variety of options, selecting the perfect chandelier can seem like a daunting task. Narrowing down your choices based on your taste, budget, and available space can help to make the process fun and easy.
You can narrow down your choices of chandeliers by limiting yourself to options that match your home’s style and architecture. Modern, minimalistic style calls for a chandelier of the same type. You can also play off your home’s style to create unexpected mixes of style. For example, take the same modern, minimalistic home and add an artistic, brightly colored chandelier. Take a few pictures of the space as well as the room measurements (length, width and ceiling height) to take with you when you go out shopping for your chandelier. This will help you to better imagine the possibilities and determine what is likely to work and what won’t.
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Chandeliers are often hung too high but hanging a chandelier too low can also be a problem. As a rule of thumb, hang your chandelier approximately 30 to 36 inches between the table and the bottom fixture. You want to have enough room for a large centerpiece, such as a tall vase of flowers. Be sure to center the chandelier directly above the dining room table. Keep in mind that bigger isn’t necessarily better. Small chandeliers with intricate designs can also have an impact on a room.
Many designers are even placing two smaller chandeliers in dining rooms with long tables to give better light and a dramatic effect. The size of your chandelier should be relative to the size of the room itself as well as the dining room table. There are varying suggestions on how to measure chandelier against the space where it will be residing. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the chandelier is meant to balance the space. With that in mind, your chandelier shouldn’t exceed the width of your dining table. In addition, your chandelier should be an appropriate distance away from any given wall.
Consider how much lighting is needed in your dining room. In many cases, you may want to consider purchasing wall sconces in addition to your chandelier. A dimmer switch will allow you to adjust the light depending on the occasion. Chandelier shades can also provide a softer look to your lighting. Shades can be purchased in a variety of colors and textures, adding to the ambiance as well.
Invest in Quality
When choosing a dining room chandelier, be sure to follow the tips above but most importantly, remember to go with what you love. Industry polls show that the average life of a dining room chandelier is approximately 15 years. With that longevity, it’s worth it to invest a little extra because you’ll see it every day. Furthermore, holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions most often take place in the dining room. A great looking chandelier will impress your guests and make a dramatic statement in family photos.