Tips when sizing a lighting fixture for your home

Interior designers agree, decorative lighting is an essential part of contemporary decor. Modern styles use elegant contours, attractive luminosity and fragments of transparent glass to showcase the luminosity, add a touch of sophistication, provide a spacious feel and harmonize the room’s style and design elements. Few things make as dramatic a statement that will impress visitors to your home as much as an exceptionally designed, brilliantly-lit chandelier or ceiling fixture over the dining room table. 

When measuring for the perfect chandelier for your kitchen, entryway or foyer, add the length and width of the room together and substitute the feet for inches; the result is the diameter of the perfect chandelier for your intended space.

When sizing a chandelier for your home, keep in mind that concentrated shapes appear dense and may seem smaller, while more open designs tend to appear larger, filling the space.

In the dining room, choose a chandelier that is 6” narrower than the width of the dining table. It should hang at least 30” above the tabletop in a room with an 8’ ceiling. For each additional foot of ceiling height, add one inch. Also, consider hanging two or more fixtures over a larger or rectangular table.