Home Decor: Chandelier Sizing and Placement

by | Nov 4, 2023 | Stephens Homes, Stephens Living

Finding the perfect chandelier is like discovering the jewelry that completes an outfit. It’s not just about style—size, proportion, and placement are pivotal to elevating your living and dining areas. In this chandelier sizing guide, we’ll walk you through the essentials of picking the right size and type for your living and dining rooms.

Chandelier Sizing for Your Living Room

Here’s a simple rule of thumb we find invaluable: the chandelier’s diameter should be in inches what the room’s length and width in feet add up to. So, if your living room is 12 by 16 feet, aim for a chandelier with a diameter of about 28 inches (12+16=28).

Ceiling height is also a game-changer. A higher ceiling calls for a larger chandelier to fill the space. A common practice is to hang the chandelier so its bottom is 7 to 8 feet from the floor. If you have a two-story living room, ensure it hangs at least 6.5 feet above the floor to maintain a grand appearance without interfering with your line of sight.

Chandelier Sizing
Studio McGee- Round Chandelier

Chandelier Sizing for Your Dining Room

Transitioning to the dining room, the focus shifts to the table. Here, let the dimensions of the dining table dictate the size of the chandelier. A good starting point is selecting a chandelier with a diameter that is half to two-thirds the width of the table. This proportion ensures the chandelier is neither too small to be noticeable nor too large to overwhelm the space.

For ceiling height, the bottom of the chandelier should ideally hang about 30 to 34 inches above the tabletop. This creates an intimate ambiance without bumping heads. Remember, every inch counts in creating the right mood and functionality.

Round or Linear: Choosing the Right Chandelier Shape

Now, let’s talk shape. Round chandeliers exude a sense of softness and are incredibly versatile. They’re our go-to for living rooms as they radiate light equally in all directions, providing a harmonious glow that accentuates the coziness of the space.

In the dining room, lean towards a linear chandelier, as it mirrors the table’s shape and provides directed light that’s perfect for dining without casting shadows. If you have a long rectangular table, a linear fixture is your best bet.

But what about a round dining table? A round chandelier complements the table’s geometry, creating a balanced, cohesive look. It’s all about mirroring shapes to unify the room’s design.

As you set out to select your chandelier, keep in mind the balance of size and space, the importance of proportion, and the impact of the right shape. With this guide, we hope you’ll feel confident in finding the chandelier that not only fits your space but also elevates it to new heights of elegance.


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