What size Chandelier is best for my room size and how high should I hang it?

The Interior Designers we work with here at Teton Lighting use general guidelines or rules for determining the size of a chandelier for the room, entryway or hallway.They also use established guidelines when determining how high a chandelier should be when hanging in these rooms and areas. The guideline for most dining room chandeliers is that the bottom of the light fixture should hang between 30" and 36" from the top of the table in a dining room with an 8' ceiling. Have a taller ceiling than 8', no problem, for each additional foot of ceiling height the Decorators tell us to add about 3" to the suspension height. Of course rules are made to be broken and Interior Decorators will be the first to break those rules to get the desired effect they want when decorating. 

Which size Chandelier should I get for my room size?

This question is a little more difficult to answer because of several different factors. The majority of times your decision for determining which size Copper Chandeliers to choose will come down to the size of the room or area where it will be hung. Here again, the basic decorating guidelines are used by our interior designers to determine the right size of chandelier for your room. The general rule used for determining the size of a chandelier for a room or area is to add the width and the length of the room in feet and convert this number into inches (for example, if the room is 18' x 18' (18 + 18 = 36), so the chandelier you choose should be 36" in diameter. All of our copper chandeliers and Copper Lanterns have line drawings in with the pictures so you can see what sizes the mini, small, medium, large and grande sizes actually are.

Now comes the curve ball, because many times Interior Designers will throw out the "general rules" for determining the size of the chandelier because they desire a greater lighting impact or a lesser lighting impact for that room or area. Think about this, do you want your chandelier to really stand out and impress like it should in a large entryway, hallway, outside entrance, dining room or entertainment area like a St. James Tear Drop Copper Chandelier will do. If this is the case, then choose a large, bold and robust chandelier that will make a statement. You may have a small entryway, room or area and you want to make sure that it DOES NOT dominate the room or area, like a moose chandelier- Moose Antler Chandelier, 60" Wide by 40" Tall or over sized copper chandelier could do. In that case go by the general rule and shave an inch or two off the total number for the suggested diameter size.

As far as height, 8 - 10 feet off the floor to the bottom of the chandelier is usually right, so there is plenty of clearance underneath the bottom of the chandelier. If it is for the dining room, interior decorators suggest that the size of the table should be taken into consideration so that the size of the chandelier should not overwhelm the table. For standard height ceilings (8') hang the chandelier 30" above the table. Normally, add 3" per foot of height over and above that (10 ft ceiling = 36" space from table top to bottom of lantern). 

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