The Ultimate Guide on How to Choose a Chandelier

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Nowadays, there are many types of chandelier to choose from. Unfortunately, when choosing a chandelier, people would be confused on what kinds of chandeliers they should take since there are many options, and each one stands for a unique style. It's better look before you leap.

We will start with the definition of chandeliers and then the types, styles, shapes and finish, finally we move on to the questions on what size you should choose for different areas of your home in the following parts:

 

  • What is a chandelier
  • Types of chandeliers
  1. Designing styles
  2. Common shapes of chandeliers
  3. Finish & Material
  • Where to place a chandelier (Position & installation height)
  1. Foyer chandeliers
  2. Dining room chandeliers
  3. Living room chandeliers
  4. Bedroom chandeliers

 

 

What is a Chandelier

 

Definition of Chandeliers

 

Chandeliers are usually a lighting fixture that are hung from the ceiling. Some of small sized chandeliers are used in living room, foyer and bedrooms. Although, many large family rooms or high ceiling common areas often incorporate large & over-sized chandeliers to help fill the space as a décor or make it feel cozier.

 

 

Types of Chandelier

 

What are the different types of chandeliers, and which one fits the best for your different area? Hope you could find some ideas after reading the details below.

 

Designing Styles

 

There are 5 styles of chandeliers which are commonly used in our home

French Country Chandeliers

Farmhouse Chandeliers

Modern Chandeliers

Island Chandeliers

Rustic Chandeliers

 

French Country Chandeliers

 French Country chandelier

 

"French country embodies a soft, airy, feminine, and refined elegance," Richardson says

French country style combines European elegance with rust design. Using antique accents like the above popular decorating chandelier creates an inviting look that's both elegant and kindly.

 

 Farmhouse Chandeliers

Farmhouse features a cleaner look, more defined lines, and has a casual style. Most of farmhouse chandeliers are made of wood or antique accents because they are not just made for brightening your home, but also enlightening your home with warmth and coziness.

Generally, we recommend these used in your kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms and bedroom.

 

 Modern Chandeliers

Most components of modern & contemporary chandeliers include clean, straight lines with no additional detail and are made from some materials like glass, crystal, gold, bronze, gold or silver.

This picture above is a linear and sputnik chandelier, showing off a futuristic vibe.

Basically, we recommend these used in the living room or foyer since modern chandelier could not leave that much impressions in other settings, like kitchens or bedrooms, though, if you can make your ideas with a certain amount of details, it would fit your settings with a unique style even funky stylez.

 

 

Island Chandeliers

 kitchen Island chandelier

Island chandeliers always bring brightness and coziness to your kitchen room, dining room or living room. There are different types of island chandeliers like mid-century, traditional, farmhouse, modern and etc. Most of them have medium or large size.

 

 

Rustic Chandeliers

 Rustic drum chandelier

Wooden and wrought iron design is always the signal of rustic chandeliers. Rustic chandelier, similar to but not the same as farmhouse chandelier, features a more antique accents and shape. It is widely used in your foyer, living room, master bedroom and kitchen areas. 

 

Transitional Chandeliers

 Transitional french country chandelier

Transitional chandeliers are a combination of traditional and modern finishes, rustic shapes and modern shapes. Transitional chandeliers are unadorned yet fascinating, featuring either modern accents or minimalist silhouette.

 

Common Chandelier Shapes

 

Glass Chandeliers

 Glass pendant

One chandelier type named for its material. People in favor of glass chandeliers because of their diversity. They are made in a wide range of designs, like mason jar glass, textured glass, seeded glass, clear glass and etc. So it would not be so hard for you to find one that fits the room.

 

 Tiered Chandeliers

 tiered chandelier

If you're going for really modern and luxury designs, you should probably take a look at tiered chandeliers. Tiered chandeliers are all boil down to multiple layers. Many people are wrong to believe that tiered chandeliers might comparatively expensive. Actually, it’s not.

The concept of layering tends to make tiered chandeliers taller than other varieties, Basically, don't go with a tiered chandelier for your home areas with traditional accents. Otherwise, try to put the tiered part out of your mind when designing.

Anyway, they could be a great piece for dining rooms and living rooms if it fits well.

 

Linear Chandeliers

Linear Island chandelier

Linear Chandeliers have straight lines and offer an unadorned minimalist silhouette. It can be used everywhere: on stairs, in hallways, kitchens, living areas, studies, bathrooms, outside, and for all sorts of commercial spaces such as gyms, offices or restaurants. It can be used both to emphasize features, and to create general mood light.

 

Rectangular Chandeliers

rectangular chandelier

Rectangular chandeliers are always the first priority for the kitchen table since its open cage shape and the width can perfectly fit the kitchen island. 

 

Deer Antler Chandeliers

 

 

Cluster Chandeliers

 

 

Globe Chandeliers

Globe chandelier

Sputnik Chandeliers

Sputnik chandelier

Sputnik chandeliers have straight lines and linear shape, which represents a symbol of modern styles. It would be a good choice to place it in a modern décor room.

 

Wagon Wheel Chandeliers

 Wagon Wheel Chandelier

 

Beaded Chandeliers

Beaded chandelier

Beaded chandeliers are known for their wood beads that hang from hoops that hold the fixture together.

 

Finish & Materials

 

Gold Finish

Gold Drum chandelier

Chandeliers with gold finish usually have a brighter feelings compared to brass or copper.

Gold is an expensive precious metal, rare in nature, so chandeliers with gold finish are commonly used in areas with modern décor.

 

Matte Black Finish

Black linear chandelier

Chandeliers with matte black finish is commonly used for your home areas. The color is widely used and could easily fit many kinds of space and styles of your home. Since there are many types of black chandeliers you can choose from so it would not be difficult for you to pick one that fits the mood.

 

Brass Finish

 

Compared to Gold, brass have a warmer color and is not that dazzling and sparkling. Brass is a yellow alloy of copper and zinc, keeping the lighting fixture from being aged and oxidized. And the warmer color (compared to gold) adds a sense of coziness to your space, which is the good alternative to gold finish.

 

Silver Finish

Like gold finish, silver finish could also add a sense of luxury for your space, but in an antique and nostalgic way. If you choose lighting fixture with silver finish, make sure the whole design goes harmony with your areas.

 

 

Wood Finish

 

 

Copper Finish

Copper is also used for chandeliers due to its good strength, good formability and resistance to corrosion. They can be polished and buffed to almost any desired texture and luster.

 

 

Where to Place a Chandelier?

 

Foyer Chandeliers

 

To decide where to place your entryway chandelier, the first step is to take stock of your space. The chandelier should be in the center of the space, in most cases directly in line with the front door to appear balanced.

Height: The height of your chandelier should reflect the height of your ceilings. Many designers recommend that for each additional foot of ceiling height you should add about three inches to the suspension height.

 

Dining Room Chandeliers

Chandeliers, especially farmhouse chandeliers and rustic chandeliers, are perfect for a kitchen table and dining table, adding a timeless dining accents. The most vital things to consider when hanging a chandelier above a dining room table are height, size, and placement of the fixture.

Size: Choose a chandelier that has a diameter 2/3 or 1/3 of the table’s width. This will ensure that no guest bumps their head while leaving from the table.

Height: Designers say that the bottom of the chandelier should hang no less than between 30 and 36 inches or even higher from the top of the table.

Placement: Chandeliers are suggested to be centered and hung in the middle of the dining table. If one chandelier is too small, you might need another one and place them in a line parallel with the table’s longest side, and basically the width between chandeliers are better 1/2-2/3 of the width of the dining table.

 

Living Room Chandeliers

For a well-balanced look, place the chandelier at the center of the living space. Since this space sees a high level of traffic, make sure to hang the chandelier at least 7 feet above the ground. It would be a good idea to place a chandelier directly above a coffee table or large ottoman.

 

Master Bedroom Chandeliers

The bedroom is where you start and end your day, so you better make sure that you have sufficient light that meets the desired ambiance for your space. The right bedroom chandeliers will provide enough illumination, while fitting the mood of your areas.

Chandeliers might be the best choice for your bedroom lighting since they can make a lasting impression on your room. Whether you want dazzling elegance that light up the room or a minimalist design that exudes rustic charm, chandeliers just might be the perfect option for your master bedroom.

 

Kitchen Island Chandeliers

 

Kitchen areas are not only just a place of preparing food, but also a place for chatting and entertaining.

We generally recommend that the width or diameter of the chandelier should be between 1/2 and 2/3 of the width of the dining table or kitchen island, and the height over dining table or kitchen island are better higher than 30-36 inches based on your ceiling height.

 

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