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A Guide To: choosing chandeliers

Posted on December 28 2016

Luxury chandeliers are designed, created, and displayed as pieces of art. Far from just being functional, the purpose of a chandelier lies arguably more in its aesthetic than its technical use. Finding the right one for your location can certainly be a challenge – but it doesn’t have to be a chore. To make the process easier, we've created a guide to a few things you may wish to keep in mind. These tips will ensure the end result is as idyllic as you set out intending it to be.


Where your chandelier hangs does have an impact on the type that would be most suited. It’s the specifications of the location that carries the most impact. A chandelier can be as suited to a bathroom or bedroom as a living room or hallway. Some chandeliers are even suited to adorn outdoor locations. Similarly, the shape of a chandelier is equally as adaptable. Whether mirroring or contrasting against the layout of a room the design can be just as complementary.

Size, however, does matter. Chandeliers are focal points within any setting. A small design in a large room can become lost among the furniture. A large design in a small room can seem garish. Of course, these effects can be toyed with to suit your intended effect. It’s worth keeping in mind the scale of lighting designs within a setting.


How low a chandelier hangs can greatly alter the effect it casts on a room. Higher hanging fittings can offer more scattered illumination, while lower handing fixtures create a greater sense of drama. A general rule of thumb is to keep chandeliers suspended seven feet off the ground (ensuring they don’t feel too close overhead). If the design is to hang over a dining table or other such feature then there’s more room to play with the intimacy of the design.

Lighting Plans

Chandeliers are, by their nature, a feature of decoration. They act as part of the furniture of a room. Illumination is almost secondary. As such, it’s recommended the use of a chandelier in any setting is complimented by the implication of a lighting plan. Chandeliers are, more often than not, independent pieces – whilst they can complement each other, it’s worth taking space into account so the room doesn’t start to feel overcrowded. Adding other lights alongside a chandelier to act as a main light source allows the chandelier to retain its majesty with all the intensity or drama that you seek.