Chandeliers have always captured the eye, their glittering presence adding whimsy, charm, and drama to any space. Need help on picking the perfect chandelier for your space? Here are a few do’s and dont’s to help you to select the perfect one! And as always we have a fabulous selection of vintage chandeliers in the store for you to choose from. These beauties come in all shapes and sizes and add instant character and interest to any room!
DO make sure your chandelier is the right size. A good rule of thumb is to add the dimensions of the room together in feet and then convert the answer to inches. The answer in inches should equal the diameter of the fixture. So if your room measures 10′ x 15′ the diameter of the fixture should be about 25″.
DON’T necessarily follow the size rule in dining rooms. Take the size of the table into account. The diameter of a dining room fixture should be about one half to two thirds the width of the table or about a foot less than the width of the table at it’s widest point. (In many cases these measurements will be the same).
DO go bigger rather smaller in a dining room. If the fixture seems too large hang it a bit closer to the ceiling so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming.
DON’T let it be closer than four feet from any wall if you can help it. Really it shouldn’t be closer than 48 inches to any piece of furniture such as a cabinet or sideboard. This isn’t always possible in small spaces but it’s a good rule to keep inDO hang chandeliers low enough so they light up the desired area, but not so low that anyone will hit their head.DON’T limit yourself to just one chandelier in a very large room. Instead opt for two slightly smaller fixtures.
DO use chandeliers in a variety of rooms. They look great in bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and even home offices.
DON’T be afraid to experiment with styles. Sometimes a modern chandelier can look great in a room full of antiques, and a vintage piece can look terrific in a contemporary room.DON’T hang overly ornate chandeliers too low. Since heavy-looking fixtures take up a lot of visual space it’s okay to break the rules and hang them a few inches higher than the normal standard.
DO install dimmer switches on every chandelier in your home. They’re terrific for creating ambiance and offering a more flattering light.