Tips for Choosing the Right Chandelier for Your Room June 26, 2015 11:03

Choosing a chandelier may seem simple enough on first thought. But, in reality, there are a few things to consider when choosing a chandelier to ensure that you achieve the ideal look for your room. A chandelier is a true statement piece, something that anyone’s eye will be immediately drawn to when entering a room. For this reason, you want the impact to be a positive one and not a negative one. A chandelier should make an impact on its own but it should also coordinate with and elevate the rest of the room’s decor.

The first thing to consider when shopping for a new chandelier is size. Your instinct may be to first choose a particular style based on the decor in the room but you might end up giving yourself false hope by finding the perfect chandelier only to realize it is too big or too small for your space. Begin by taking measurements of the room. From here, there are a few ways to determine the appropriate size chandelier for your room. Take the two numbers for your room and add them together, for example, if you room is 14′ x 14′ the appropriate size chandelier for the room would be a 28” diameter chandelier. Keep in mind that this is an approximate number so if you find an incredible chandelier that you love but it is a 30” diameter it will probably look great. the other thing to consider when choosing chandelier size is the size of your dining table. A teeny tiny table in a large dining room with a huge chandelier is just going to look odd and out of proportion. Choose an appropriate size table for your dining room and the diameter of the chandelier should be approximately 1/2 to 2/3 the width of the table.

The next important thing to consider when choosing a chandelier is style. First, you will want to honor the architecture of your home. To choose a chandelier that completely clashes with the existing architecture, regardless of decor style, will be jarring to the eye. Next, you need to look at your home decor style. Are you traditional? Transitional? Modern? Eclectic? In today’s diverse world there are countless chandelier options for any design aesthetic and for any size room. Determine how much light you want (because this will affect how many bulbs are in the chandelier) and how you want the chandelier to impact the overall appearance of the room. Do you want the chandelier to simply blend with decor or do you want it to be the centerpiece of the room. Whether opting for eye-catching, opulent, ornate, or simple, a chandelier as an integral part of any room’s decor and should be chosen carefully so you will enjoy it for many years to come.

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