This post was updated in February 2022.
Often, the trick to good interior design is about sizing up your choices and less about the decoration of the piece. This is especially important when selecting a chandelier size for your space. Even the most fabulous chandelier, if too large, will simply overwhelm the room.
A Simple Chandelier Size Formula
If you don’t have furniture yet, there’s a very simple interior design and decorating rule you can follow. Simply add the length and width measurements of the room together, and your answer equals the right size diameter your ideal chandelier should be. For example, if your dining room is 10′ x 14′, an appropriate chandelier diameter is 24″.
Another key part of selecting the right chandelier size is considering the amount of people at your table. Make sure that your chandelier is large enough to wash the entire table in light, so you don’t leave some of your guests sitting in the shadows.
However, if you already have a table or desk, it’s more important to size your chandelier design to the furniture piece rather than the room. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your chandelier is one-half to three-quarters the width of your table.
Lastly, for the right hanging height, position the bottom of the chandelier about 30-32 inches above the table, adjusting to work with the size of the table and the overall scale of your interior.
Browse all of our lighting options and for more inspiration check out these posts below:
- Podcast, Ep. 127: Lighting 101
- Living Room Lighting: How to Layer More Light into Your Space
- How to Light Your Room with LED Lighting
- How Do I Choose the Right Lamp Shade?
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