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Foyer Chandelier Buyer's Guide

Last Updated on April 14, 2015 by Steve Brielmaier | 0 comments

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Buying a foyer chandelier for your entryway is something most homeowners only think about once or twice. Picking a chandelier isn’t an activity to be taken lightly, however. An entryway chandelier is the first thing your guests see when they enter your home, and as such it sets the tone for your entire house right off the bat. Wow your guests with a stunning foyer chandelier and you’ve gone a long way towards making their visit a memorable one.. With that in mind, here are a few simple tips you can follow on how to buy a foyer chandelier.

Know the area of your foyer

Measure your foyer or entryway so that you will know the dimensions of your space. Once you have the dimensions, you can proceed to the finding the right foyer chandelier for your home. It’s important to remember when shopping for chandeliers that if you have a low ceiling, don’t pick a low chandelier that could bump into your guests, in this case, consider a small chandelier. On the other hand, if you have a two-story entryway, you can go with a large foyer chandelier that hangs lower and better fills the space.

Determine the right size for your entryway chandelier

Armed with the dimensions of your foyer or entryway, you can calculate the appropriate chandelier size. All you have to do is add the width of the foyer to its length in feet. Its sum will give you the rough diameter of the right-sized chandelier-in inches, not in feet (unless you have an incredibly large foyer). For example, if your foyer's dimensions are 10 feet by 12 feet, add 10 and 12. The sum, 22, is the diameter of the chandelier that you should get in inches.

Measure the height of your ceiling

Measure the distance between the floor and the ceiling. This is important in determining how high your chandelier must be. Ideally, a foyer chandelier should hang about 7 feet off the floor for ceilings measuring 10 feet. With a ceiling height of less than 10 feet, you need a smaller chandelier which measures less than 27 inches tall. For higher ceilings of 11 to 16 feet, an entryway chandelier can range between 27 inches to more than 40 inches tall. If a ceiling is two stories tall, the foyer chandelier should be larger and  composed of two or three tiers to properly wow your guests visually.

Consider the style and main color scheme of your foyer

Yes, the look and style of your foyer counts as well. If your foyer is decorated in an elaborate style, then you can select a piece that commands attention. For this, you might pick a crystal chandelier with sparkling lights. On the other hand, an opulent crystal chandelier might look out of place in a smaller, more understated foyer or entryway. If that’s the case it’s often better to stick to a smaller, less intricate modern chandelier with a metallic finish or a charming foyer chandelier with lampshades.

Assess the amount of illumination

To provide enough illumination for your entryway, you should make sure that your chandelier is between 200 to 400 watts of power. That should be enough to keep the hallway well lit both for safety and beauty. They should also have appropriately bright light bulbs. Make sure you buy the correct size for your entryway chandelier.

However, if there is a particular foyer chandelier that you love but it doesn’t provide bright light, you can forego this tip and purchase it anyway. Brighter bulbs or additional light fixtures around the perimeter can provide the extra light.

Lamps USA stocks a wide array of chandeliers, and you’re sure to find one that suits your home’s needs. For all things lamps and lighting, Lamps USA is your source.

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