DESIGN TIP: How to Choose and Hang a Chandelier

Whether they are of the crystal variety, glistening above a dining table or chic, modern and sophisticated in an entryway, or soft and sweet in a little girl’s dream bedroom, chandeliers and pendants can truly be the crown jewels in a room. Here are a few basic rules to follow  for finding the right size fixture for your space and hanging it at the perfect height.

IN AN ENTRYWAY

IMAGE SOURCE: Design New Jersey   Photographer: John Ferrentino | Designer: Rachel Minaya 

IMAGE SOURCE: Design New Jersey   Photographer: John Ferrentino | Designer: Rachel Minaya 

IMAGE SOURCE: Dig This Design

IMAGE SOURCE: Dig This Design

The height of a chandelier in an entryway should be at least 7 feet from the floor. If you have taller ceilings, of course, you can go higher.

ABOVE A DINING TABLE

IMAGE SOURCE: Wilson Lighting (this chandelier available through Savvy Surrounding Style)

IMAGE SOURCE: Wilson Lighting (this chandelier available through Savvy Surrounding Style)

IMAGE SOURCE: Wilson Lighting (these chandeliers available through Savvy Surrounding Style)

IMAGE SOURCE: Wilson Lighting (these chandeliers available through Savvy Surrounding Style)

In most cases, the bottom of your fixture should be 30”—36” above your table top and ½ to ¾ the width of the table. Remember to consider what function the table has – will there be accessories or florals on it? For rooms with ceilings higher than 8 feet, the chandelier can move up 3” per foot.

IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROOM

IMAGE SOURCE: Wardrobe Trends Fashion   The St. Regis Hotel, Singapore

IMAGE SOURCE: Wardrobe Trends Fashion   The St. Regis Hotel, Singapore

IMAGE SOURCE: The Barn Light

IMAGE SOURCE: The Barn Light

To size a chandelier to be the focal point of your room, measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together and change the sum to inches. That number will be the approximate diameter of the chandelier for your space. Remember, this is just a starting reference. Depending on the room setting and the ceiling height, you may want to go bigger!