How to Choose the Right Chandelier For Your Dining Room…

Arteriors Breck Chandelier

How do you select the right chandelier for your dining room? First of all, examine your space – there’s a lot to consider. What are the dimensions of your room? How high are the ceilings? What is the size and shape of your table?

Today we’d like to share a few simple tips for selecting the right light fixture for your dining room space:

Chandeliers are designed to float in a room, which is an important part of the designing a space. Too large and this fixture will overpower the space. Too small and it will look out-of-place.

To make sure your chandelier is the right size for the room in which it will hang, consider the following questions:

- How high is your ceiling? Taller ceilings demand larger fixtures.

  • What is the size and shape of your table or island? The chandelier should complement, not overpower, the furniture you plan to suspend it over.
  • How big is the room you are trying to illuminate? Again, be sure the chandelier is not too big or too small for the room.

Sizing Your Chandelier For the Dining Room

To determine the proper size chandelier for a dining table, choose a chandelier with a diameter that is 50% of the table width or greater. This assumes the table is sized appropriate for room. It should be hung with the bottom of the fixture 30” above the tabletop for an 8’ ceiling. Go up 3” for each additional foot of ceiling. For ceilings nine feet or higher, consider a two-tier style chandelier to fill the space from the fixture’s top to the ceiling.

To size a chandelier for your dining room, or to be the focal point of your space, measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together. The sum, converted to inches, will equal the diameter of the correct-sized chandelier (via Chandelier Lighting Express).

Here are a few rooms done right:


via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

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