Decorating Tip: How To Hang A Chandelier

DECORATING TIP:  How To Hang A Chandelier

Chandeliers add a touch of elegance to a dining room or a little romance above a tub. Here’s how to hang them so they look just right…


Step One:  Chose the Correct Style.  If your style is Tuscan choose a chandelier that’s ornate iron or crystal.  If your style is Contemporary choose a style that has less ornamentation, clean lines and sleek finishes.


Step Two:  Select the Size / Scale.  If you’re hanging it above a table then the size should be at least half of the table width.  For example, if you have a 60″ round table then the chandelier should be at least 30″ dia.  If the ceilings are high you can select a two-tiered style or a taller fixture.  If you have a large room then go bigger.  The bottom of the fixture should hang approximately 30″ above the table. (don’t go lower than 36′)

If you want to hang the chandelier in the center of a room.  Measure the room’s length and width in feet and then add them together.  For example, a 12′ x 16′ room would use a 28″ dia chandelier.  Make sure the fixture doesn’t hang lower than 7 ft from the floor.


Step Three:  Illumination.  It’s important to have the correct amount of wattage. So what you’ll need to do is multiply the length and width of the room in feet.  For example, a 12′ x 16′ room equals 192′.  Take 192 and then multiply it by 1.5 = 288.  288 watts is the the total illumination needed for that room.  It’s approximately eight (8) 40 watt bulbs.  I recommend installing a dimmer switch so you can lower the amount of light to create an ambiance.



Step Four:  Buying Bulbs.  Buy clear bulbs to add sparkle, frosted bulbs to add a glow.  Try colored bulbs such as pink for a warm rosy glow.

For me chandeliers are a must when I decorate a room…they’re like jewelry for an outfit.  They are so versatile, available in many sizes, styles and finishes.  Add some Glam and Glitz to your room!



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