Choosing & Hanging Dining Room Chandeliers

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It’s amazing how a light fixture can completely change the look of a dining space when you invest in one that makes a statement.

Contemporary and traditional chandeliers at Lamps Plus
Contemporary and traditional chandeliers at Lamps Plus

Any dining room can benefit from a stunning chandelier, whether it’s a small breakfast nook or a formal dining room.

When choosing and hanging a dining room fixture, keep these five tips in mind:

1) Style

Choose a chandelier that appeals to your decor style, not one solely for resale (unless of course, you’re staging your home for sale). A dining room chandelier is an easy fixture to replace and something you can take with you if and when you move.

It’s perfectly fine to mix styles: industrial, coastal, contemporary, they all work with traditional furniture and vice versa.

2) Dimensions

When selecting lighting for a dining room table, it’s more important to size the chandelier to the dining table rather than the room. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your chandelier is one half to two thirds the width of the table.

A chandelier that is too small for the dining area can look out of place and has little impact.

3) Hanging Height

For the proper hanging height, the bottom of the chandelier should be 28″ – 34″ above the table. It should be low enough to create a focal point in the dining area, but high enough not to interfere with conversation.

4) Function

Your chandelier does not have to be the main source of lighting in the dining room. Wall sconces, lamps, or other overhead lighting should also be part of the lighting design plan.

Lastly, they don’t need to match, merely complement each other.

5) Dimmers

A chandelier that radiates too much heat or light can be uncomfortable for you and your guests. Most designers agree on the importance of dimmer switches. Nothing creates more ambiance than lighting turned down during intimate gatherings.

These six statement fixtures from Lamps Plus will jazz up your dining room, large or small!