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How to Choose the Perfect Chandelier

A lighting guide for the discerning decorator

Linda Holmes
By Linda Holmes, Interiors Director
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As a symbol of elegance and sophistication, a chandelier can transform any room into a breathtaking space that exudes luxury. But with so many styles, sizes, and finishes available, choosing the perfect chandelier can be a daunting task. Fear not! We've compiled a comprehensive guide to help you select the ideal chandelier for your home.

Determine the purpose & placement of the chandelier

The first step in choosing the perfect chandelier is to consider its intended purpose and where it will be placed. Will it serve as the centrepiece of your dining room or living room, or will it be installed in a bedroom or foyer? The size and style of the chandelier will largely depend on the room's function, as well as the ceiling's height and architectural details.

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Consider which chandelier style will suit your home

A chandelier should complement the style of your home, rather than clash with it. If you have a traditional or vintage-inspired home, a crystal or iron chandelier with candle-style lights may be the perfect fit. For a modern or minimalist space, a sleek and simple chandelier with clean lines will add a touch of contemporary glamour.

Choose the right scale & size of a chandelier

The scale of the chandelier should be in proportion to the room's size, as well as the height of the ceiling. A good rule of thumb is to measure the length and width of the room, and add those two numbers together to determine the diameter of the chandelier. For example, a room that measures 12 feet by 16 feet would require a chandelier with a diameter of 28 inches or 70 centimetres. Additionally, consider the ceiling height. Higher ceilings can accommodate larger chandeliers, while lower ceilings require smaller fixtures to avoid overwhelming the space.

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Pick the perfect chandelier finish

The finish of the chandelier can either blend in or contrast with the existing decor in the room. If you have metallic accents in the room, such as brass or chrome, consider selecting a chandelier with similar finishes to create a cohesive look. On the other hand, if you want to make a statement, choose a chandelier with a bold finish that pops against neutral-coloured walls or decor.

Don't forget about the bulbs

The bulbs in the chandelier can significantly impact the ambiance of the space. Consider the wattage of the bulbs, as well as the colour temperature, to ensure that the chandelier provides the right amount of light for the room's function. Additionally, consider whether you want a dimmer switch installed to adjust the light levels based on your needs.

Choosing the perfect chandelier doesn't have to be an arduous task. By determining the purpose and placement of the fixture, considering the style of your home, choosing the right size and scale, picking the perfect finish, and selecting the right bulbs, you can find the ideal chandelier for your space, bringing an extra touch of whimsy and sophistication to your home.