Chandelier Buying Guide:
How to Choose Your Chandelier
Chandeliers aren't just for the dining room any more! Accentuate your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, foyer or any room with a wide assortment of chandeliers to add a sense of style and design to your home.
Where can you put a chandelier?
Chandeliers come in a wide variety of styles, colors, sizes, energy star compliancy and price.
Mini Chandeliers (20'' in diameter and under) - Use over kitchen islands, in a bathroom, bedroom, dressing room or create a special corner.
Mid-Sized Chandeliers (Up to 36'' in diameter) - Use over your dining room table, bedroom, or in a small foyer.
Foyer Chandeliers (36'' in diameter and over) - Use in a large foyers and great rooms.
What size Chandelier do you need?
It depends on your room size.
Professional design tips for hanging your chandelier
* When choosing a chandelier for your dining room
The chandelier should be about 12" narrower (smaller in diameter) than the width of the table over which it hangs.
When hung, the bottom of the chandelier should be approximately 30 inches above the surface of the dining table to ensure no bumped heads and good illumination.
Pay attention to scale. Bigger is usually better; too often a chandelier can look tiny and be overlooked.
* When choosing a chandelier for your foyer
When placing a chandelier in the foyer, take into consideration the height of the ceiling and size of the space. Optimal placement would be at least 9 feet from the floor.
If there's a window above the front door, you may want to center it in the window for maximum curb appeal and aesthetics.
* When choosing a chandelier for any other application in your home
Chandeliers can steal the show or be the elegant finishing touch to any room. Decide how you want yours to work in the room of your choice.
A mini-chandelier can add whimsy to a child's bedroom or romance to a dressing room, while a mid-sized or large chandelier can create a commanding and elegant feeling in a master bedroom or formal living room.