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How to Buy a Dining Room Chandelier

A chandelier greatly affects the atmosphere in your dining room. Through a well-chosen chandelier, you can create the mood you want and bring full circle the design of the place where you hold family meals and gatherings. However, pick the right chandelier for your dining room can be a bit hard, what with all the factors that you should consider. Thus, you can surely benefit from guidelines that help you pick just the right lighting fixture.

So, when shopping for a dining room chandelier, be sure remember the following:

Determine size of the room

Make sure to know the dimensions of your dining room. You need this information to know whether you need a small chandelier or a big one. A teeny chandelier won’t stand out in a big room while a large chandelier will overwhelm a small space. So, what you need to do is get the width and the length of your dining room. Sum up the figures. The sum of the figures, when converted to inches, will show the diameter of the chandelier that best fits the room.

Measure the size of the dining table

When you are done with measuring the room, you also need to measure your table. Specifically, get the width of your dining table. Be sure to remember the width when you go hunting for a chandelier that should not be wider than its width. Basically, the chandelier that you must get should have a width that is 12 inches smaller than the dining table width.

Get the distance between the ceiling to the table surface

If you have an eight-foot ceiling, you must let your chandelier hang around 30-34 inches above the tabletop. For ceilings that are higher, you can do with hanging your chandelier an additional three inches for every additional foot. Now, ceilings that are nine feet or higher, you can buy a two-tier chandelier so that the space won’t look empty with a small one.

Assess the furnishings and finishes in your dining room

As you intend to use the chandelier both for illumination and decoration, you must also consider the finish and material of the dining room chandelier to purchase. The key is to allow the chandelier to complement the other items that are already present in your dining room. If you aim to make the chandelier the main point of the room, you can opt for a traditionally styled chandelier with lots of detail. On the other hand, if you want a chandelier that will merge well with its surroundings, you can pick one that has a more subdued appearance.

Consider the amount of lighting

Yes, you need to do this in order to get a chandelier that can provide you with just the right amount of light that you need. Sure, your dining room needs ample lighting but you don’t want lighting that is too bright to be overpowering. As such, look for a chandelier that offers just the right illumination for your needs.



Steve Brielmaier – Lighting and Lamp Design  

 

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