Chandeliers used to only be reserved for dining rooms, entryways, and the occasional living room. However, modern designers are taking risks, and installing chandeliers in everything from kitchens, to bedrooms, to bathrooms. Style:
Pick a look that's going to complement your space. Note that this doesn't necessarily mean that the chandelier needs to be in the exact same style as your room's decor. Sometimes a bold fixture that almost contradicts the look of your room can make the entire ambiance work. Be original! You don't have to go with a standard lead crystal chandelier. A chandelier can be made of just about anything, so get creative with your choices. Opt for an unexpected black chandelier or something in a bold color. Go traditional with a candle chandelier, rustic with a wrought iron look, or pick out a mini chandelier for the perfect accent. Size:
If style isn't your concern, then it might be deciding what size of chandelier you should choose. The size and height of a chandelier and the room it's going in can make hanging a chandelier very challenging. Keep the visual weight of the chandelier in mind. You want it to be a visual fixture, but you don't want it to overwhelm a space.
If this is for a dining room, a classic formula that's often used is to choose a fixture that has a diameter that is half of the diameter of the tabletop. So, if your dining table is 60 inches wide, choose a chandelier that is 30 inches wide.
The height of a chandelier depends on the overall height of the room. Another classic formula for this is allowing 3 inches of chandelier height for each foot of a room's height. So, if a room has a ten foot ceiling height, the maximum height of its chandelier could be 30 inches.
While these are the standard rules for choosing a chandelier size, it's not always appropriate. When it comes down to it, it's a style preference, so simply make sure you choose what feels right for you, and what looks best. As many designers know, sometimes breaking the rules means that it just looks better. Just make sure that your chandelier isn't going to endanger anyone's lives. Make sure it's hung at a height that won't bump any heads! Light:
If you're planning on making the chandelier the main light fixture in a room, the total wattage of all the bulbs should be between 200 and 400 watts. But keep in mind that a chandelier doesn't always have to be the primary light source. If you'd rather have it be a more subtle complement to other lighting, it doesn't need hundreds of watts. Also, be sure to always take note of what kind of bulbs a chandelier will need, whether its standard base bulbs, incandescent, or even halogen.
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