How to Select the Perfect Dining Room Chandelier

So, you’re ready to buy a chandelier for your dining room. With 1000s of chandeliers to choose from, how do you know which one is right?

A modern chandelier hangs over a dining room table.
A chandelier should unify a dining room area without being overpowering.

There are a few steps to finding the perfect chandelier for your dining room.

Before you even start looking, decide on a style. Are you going for a more contemporary look? Possibly traditional? Somewhere in-between?

Crystal chandeliers tend to be more traditional, while those made of chrome and glass will create a more modern vibe. Do you like the industrial look? Try a chandelier made of iron. These material suggestions aren’t rules written in stone, there are always exceptions!

Think your decision through and make sure you really like the chandelier – it’s an extension of your style and lighting is an important detail in your design.

Next up is the size. Scale is very important when it comes to chandeliers. A too-small chandelier will get lost in a large room, and a too-big chandelier will overpower the space.

Watch the video for tips on how to buy the chandelier that is just right for your dining room:

Here are two different ways to decide the correct size of your chandelier:

Infographic to determine chandlier size based on room size.
Method One: Determine chandelier size from the room size.
Infographic to determine chandelier size based on table size.
Method Two: Determine chandelier size by table width.



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