Decorating with Chandeliers

Decorating with Chandeliers

Draper chandelier featured; Merrick Model Home at Regency at White Oak Creek, courtesy of Toll Brothers and Possibilities for Design

Ask any designer and they will tell you: lighting is a key element in any well-designed space. How we choose to light a space relates to how we view all the elements within – so taking the time deciding on how to place light in a room is definitely time well spent.

Chandeliers can make a statement in a room – as long as it’s placed at the right height!

We’ve learned from some of the best interior designers that there are general rules for how tall and wide a lighting fixture should be for its location.

In this article, we’ll address several room settings and general rules for how to best install a chandelier.

First things first: Make sure the chandelier is the right size for your space!

Don’t know how? Follow these simple steps:

• Add the dimensions of the room together in feet.
• Then convert the answer to inches.
• The answer in inches should equal the diameter of the fixture. (For example, if your room measures 10′ x 15′, the diameter of the fixture should be about 25″.)

Nisse chandelier featured; Deerfield Model Home at Regency at White Oak Creek, courtesy of Toll Brothers and Possibilities for Design

Foyers
• Be sure your chandelier is not lower than 84” from the floor – so it doesn’t interfere with the door or people passing underneath.
• For higher ceilings, consider a taller chandelier – or select a more linear fixture design.
• The rule of thumb is to accommodate 2.5” to 3” of chandelier height for each foot of ceiling height. (For example, a standard 8’ ceiling requires a chandelier that is 20” to 24” in height.)


Caress chandelier featured; Deerfield Model Home at Regency at White Oak Creek, courtesy of Toll Brothers and Possibilities for Design

Dining Rooms
• Hang a dining room chandelier between 30” and 36” from the tabletop
• Be sure to hang a chandelier low enough – so that it illuminates the desired area – but not so low that anyone would bump their head!


Equinox chandelier featured; Merrick Model Home at Regency at White Oak Creek, courtesy of Toll Brothers and Possibilities for Design

Progress Lighting offers a wide variety of chandeliers, featuring a range of styles, finishes and looks – find your new lighting on our website today!