Choosing the Right Size Chandelier

Let's just get right into it. You find a chandelier, and it's the perfect style for your home. Maybe you'll put it in an entryway or your kitchen. The next question that should follow is:

What size chandelier would fit best?

Let's start with height. Begin by measuring the height of your room; the higher the ceiling, the larger the chandelier you can utilize in your space. The typical rule of thumb is that for every foot of height your room is, you should add 2.5 inches of height to the chandelier.

For example, if you have a 10-foot ceiling, your chandelier choice should be 25 inches, give or take a few inches.

Now, for the diameter. The rule of thumb for diameter is that it should be half of the room's perimeter treated as inches. It might sound a bit confusing, so I will give an example.

Let's say your room is 12 ft. by 26 ft. You add 12 plus 26 to get a total of 38 feet. Therefore your chandelier diameter should have a size of 38 inches, give or take a few inches, of course.

Now, these rules are great for an entire room, but what if you're hanging a light above a kitchen island or dining room table?

These rules are a little simpler. For the height, make sure the chandelier is about 30-34 inches above the tabletop. For the diameter, the chandelier should be one foot less than the width of the tabletop. For two lights, make sure each diameter is one-third of the width of the table.

Hope this helps!