It’s no secret that adding a chandelier to your space instantly gives it a sense of elegance and grandeur, so let us guide you through the steps of selecting your next statement piece. Choose from one of our timeless designs and create a place that people will gravitate toward for years to come.
1. Begin With Function
First, consider what type of lighting you need in your space and where it will go. Figure out which room the chandelier will go in and how it will function in that space. Then, you can determine the size and type of chandelier you need.
Your entryway is where guests first experience your home. What better way to update an often overlooked part of your home than with one of our heirloom-quality chandeliers? Keep in mind the height of your ceiling and the size of the room. If your entryway is smaller or has low ceilings, your chandelier should also be small. If this is the case, we recommend you consider our Hoyt fixture or one of our semi-flush mount chandeliers. If you have more room or a vaulted ceiling, we recommend a larger statement piece like our Willamette or Radcliffe chandeliers.
Dining rooms have been the chandelier’s quintessential space for centuries, and there are many different aspects to consider when selecting one for this area. First, look at the scale of your current furniture in relation to your new chandelier. Consider the height of your ceiling and what kind of style you’re looking for. Will this piece fit perfectly with your current look or do you want to mix and match styles? A modern chandelier can instantly elevate a standard, traditional dining space.
For a true statement, consider a large piece like our Victorian-inspired South Shore chandelier. This will quickly become the focal point and give your room character and ambiance that is steeped in history.
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Your kitchen is the heart of the home—add distinction to yours with an elegant chandelier. Because of the size of most chandeliers, we recommend hanging a single light over a kitchen island to keep your space from feeling cramped. Leave 30 to 36 inches of room from the top of your counter to the bottom of your light.
2. Find Your Aesthetic
Once you've decided where you will put your chandelier and what size is best, now it's time to think about the right style. Keep your home updated with one of our chandeliers, all designed to connect centuries-old tradition with modern innovation.
- Finish: Depending on the light fixture, the finish you choose will have a big impact on the style of the finished piece. Brass tones will add warmth to your space, while oil-rubbed bronze brings contrast and precision. Polished chrome and polished nickel are classic choices for a streamlined, contemporary look.
- Shades: The right shade will complete your light. Many of our customizable lights come with a large variety of shade options, from vintage-inspired Schoolhouse shades to sleek metal designs. Fabric linen shades, like on our Berkshire chandelier, are best for an eat-in dining space, but not too close to the kitchen cooking areas due to the moisture in the air.
3. Light Your Space
Consider how much light your room will need and how your chandelier will coordinate with any other lighting in the space. A chandelier is ideal for bringing bright ambient light to illuminate the whole space—consider installing a dimmer for added versatility. Pair it with sconces, flush-mounts, or table lamps for an inviting, layered room.
4. Determine Your Measurements
- Height: The ideal length for your chandelier depends on the height of your ceiling and the type of room you're installing it in. Many of our chandeliers feature customizable lengths so you can create one that suits your space. For a dining room with standard 8-foot ceilings, a chandelier should hang about 30 to 34 inches above the table. For a living space or any room where people may walk directly underneath the light, ensure there’s at least 7 feet of clearance between the bottom of the fixture and floor.
- Diameter: To choose the overall size and width of your chandelier, you'll need to figure out the height and width of your space in feet. Add those measurements together to give you the ideal diameter of your chandelier in inches. For example, if your space is 26 by 14 feet (26 + 14 = 40), you’ll want a chandelier that is around 40 inches wide.
Lastly, keep your chandelier’s weight in mind; 50 pounds is the maximum weight for a standard ceiling outlet box. Check the product information on your light of choice to see if an additional junction box is required. If you need help deciding on the right chandelier or arranging for professional installation, contact our Design Crew team of experts.
We responsibly craft our chandeliers from the highest quality materials, so that your family can enjoy them for generations to come. From hand-blown Italian glass shades to streamlined bare-bulb designs, choose from an array of chandelier styles to suit your home.