Choosing a Dining Room Chandelier
May 22, 2008 | by Wendy Weinert
Nothing lights a dining room with warm, diffused light like a chandeliers. But many people are vexed when trying to decide what chandeliers to consider for their dining room décor. Use the following guidelines to find the best dining room chandelier.
1) Size does matter and the chandelier size should fit your dining room and your dining table. The width of a dining room chandelier should be about a foot less than the width of your table at its widest point. The chandelier’s length should not be closer than four feet from any wall. And it should not hang any lower than thirty inches from the top of the table or be closer than two feet from your ceiling. This will help ensure that your chandelier balances within the space and does not block the view of dining guests.
2) Illumination. Your lighting should illuminate the room without being bright or harsh. This is why many hanging lights, including chandeliers, are put on a dimmer switch. For daytime, it would be nice if your chandelier could light the whole room. For evening dining, a chandelier dimmed to approximate candlelight is comfortable. If you have a dark spot over your buffet or sideboard consider adding a couple of small hanging lamps that compliment your main lighting fixture. If your china hutch is dark, focus a few recessed lights on the items inside. (If it seems that your chandelier is not as brilliant as it once was, it is dirty! This is one of the hidden chores of keeping a shiny chandelier.)
3) Fitting in with your décor. A crystal chandelier will not work in every home’s dining room. But there are many other hanging lights and chandeliers that will fit your home’s design and interior furnishings. Lighting options range from frou-frou to austere, from whimsical to ornate. By taking pictures of your dining room and furnishings with you to the lighting gallery, you can more easily envision what type of chandelier will fit your room best. Remember to also consider your place settings and flatware, picture frames and silver, candlesticks and wallpaper. All of these items can also offer hints for chandelier design.
Almost every home can benefit from a well-placed chandelier or other hanging lamps. Prices range considerably, but most styles are available for almost anyone, starting at a few hundred dollars. You may not be able to purchase the thirty-thousand dollar crystal chandelier of your dreams, but you will be able to find a lovely chandelier to fit your room for a reasonable price.
Since chandeliers are becoming more popular lighting options and are available in such a wide variety of styles and prices, there is no reason that you should not be dining by “chande-light”!