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Choosing the Perfect Chandelier for Your Home

Choosing the Perfect Chandelier for Your Home
Whether dramatic, elegant or romantic, a chandelier is sure to make a style statement in your home. Both functional and attractive, a chandelier can set the tone for the space or add character. While dining rooms and foyers are perhaps the most popular locations for chandeliers, they also look great in master bedrooms, children's rooms and even bathrooms.


When choosing the style of chandelier, the most important factor is the style and decor of the room where it will be hung. A quaint, French country style chandelier will be a better fit for a shabby chic room than a modern design. A classic crystal chandelier looks great in a traditional room, and an industrial fixture with sleek lines complements a contemporary room.


A chandelier that's too small can get lost in a room, while one that is too large overwhelms the room. One rule of thumb is to measure the length and width of the room in feet, add those numbers together, then choose a chandelier with a diameter that is the sum of those measurements in inches. So if your room is 10 feet long by 9 feet wide, a chandelier that is 19 inches across should be just right.


While the instinct may be to hang the chandelier in the middle of the room, it's a good idea to take furniture placement into account, particularly in the case of dining rooms. Very often the dining table is not centered in the room because there must be space between the table and china cabinet or sideboard. In that case, the chandelier should be centered over the table.

Make sure the chandelier is hung high enough over the table that it doesn't impede your view of fellow diners. 30 inches from the bottom of the chandelier to the top of the table is a good rule of thumb. Keep in mind that a chandelier can make a low ceiling seem even lower and may not be the right lighting choice for that type of room.


Putting the chandelier on a dimmer switch allows you to control the intensity of the lighting in the room - bright for a lively family gathering, dim for a romantic dinner for two. This is particularly helpful if the lightbulbs are not shaded.

At Urban Ambience we carry a variety of chandelier styles for your home. To learn more, please contact us.

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