Interior Design – How to choose the correct chandelier

Over the past few years, lighting has become a key element in design. Its not just used as a utility piece, but has become beautiful centerpieces and jewels for a room. You might need to decide how much or how little the chandelier will shine. Will it determine the style of the room or blend in? Since this is somewhat of a permanent piece, I would try to blend with the style of the house.

So when searching for just the right chandelier, you need to take a few things into consideration. Where is the chandelier going? What style is right for my room? What size should I use?

If you’re going to purchase a chandelier for the dining room you must first determine the size of the room and the table, which it will hang over.

1. The average height over the table should be about 30 to 34 inches above the table.
2. The diameter should be about half the size of the table. If you have a dining table that is 60 inches in diameter, then your lighting should be 30 inches in diameter.

Now, if the entry is the space you’re shopping for, then we need to use a different formula for measuring.

1. The bottom of the chandelier should be about 84 inches above the floor. This allows enough clearance to walk under.
2. Next, you’ll need to measure the entry. Measure the length and width of your entry and add together. If your space is 12×12 then you need a chandelier with a 24-inch diameter. If you have 10-foot ceilings, your light piece should be about 34 inches long. You get that number by adding the length, width and height together.

Remember these measurements are meant to be used as a guideline. Enjoy!

Christopher Porikos
Author: Christopher Porikos

Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts.