How to choose a chandelier for your dining room?



If you are trying to add elegance and style to your dining room, there is no other better way than introducing a chandelier to the room. The décor of the room will be instantly enhanced and illumination in the room shall also be increased.

With the wide range of designs, styles and size available for chandeliers, selecting the right chandelier to complement the décor of the room is definitely a challenging task. The right chandelier can create an impressive statement in the room, whereas a wrong (either too small or too large) chandelier can totally distort the look of the room. Selecting the right chandelier involves consideration of various factors such as the size of the room, the size of the dining table, and more.

Here is a list of steps to assist you choose the right chandelier for your dining room –

First of all, you need to measure the room. The measurement that is important in terms of lighting for a dining room is the floor to ceiling height of the room. There must be a gap of at least 30 inches between the dining table top and the bottom of the chandelier.
Once you have ascertained the right height of the fixture, you need to ascertain the correct width of the chandelier. For this you need to measure the narrowest dimension of the dining table. The right chandelier should be minimum 12 inches less than the width of the table. Of course this is the minimum requirement. The chandelier can certainly be smaller in size than this.

After ascertaining the maximum dimensions for your chandelier, you need to decide the type of chandelier to be introduced in the room. The visual appeal of the chandelier is to be considered here. If you wish to introduce the chandelier as the focal point of the room, then you should go for a traditional and heavy fixture featuring a lot of visual appeal. On the other hand, if you wish the chandelier to blend with its surroundings, then you should settle for a delicate chandelier with a subdued look.

Lastly, you need to decide on the lighting capacity of the chandelier. The right chandelier would be the one that perfectly illuminates the entire room instead of a particular area. Always have dimmer switches installed for the chandelier so that you can vary the brightness of the light as required.


Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on January 26th, 2011

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