Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Choosing the Right Chandelier For Your Dining Room

I am pleased to have a guest post from Kevin of Lamp Click to shed some light (pardon the pun) on how to select a chandelier for your dining room.

Setting the right mood in your dining room is one of the most important choices you can make when it comes to lighting your home. The dining room is where you entertain guests, host holiday meals, and maybe even settle in for a romantic dinner for two from time to time. It should beautify the room but it should also be functional – who wants to sit down for an amazing meal and then spend ten minutes trying to figure out how to dim the lights just right? They should be a subtle but beautiful addition, not an attention getting distraction. You can choose any style you like that fits your taste, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you are choosing the fixture that is right for the space.
(Interior by Kirsten Nease Designs)
Chandeliers are the centerpiece of a living room, and should mesh with the décor and style of the home. If you have an antique dining table and chairs, an ultra-modern chandelier probably isn’t the wise choice. The American Lighting Association suggests that you should size a chandelier twelve inches less in diameter than the dining room table’s smallest width.  Be sure to match the height of the chandelier to the table and the ceiling height, keeping it at least 30-34 inches above the table. You definitely don’t want grandpa hitting his head when he leans in to cut the turkey on Thanksgiving. Another trick is to measure the length and width of your dining room and add the numbers together. Convert the sum to inches, and that equals the diameter of the chandelier you should go with – pretty neat. Keep these measurements and tricks in mind when making your final decision.

Chandeliers should create the feeling that the room is lit by candles. After all, they did start off historically as fixtures literally lit by candles. There should be a soft glow rather than a harsh light. This is not the room you will be studying in or doing needlepoint in most likely. It is a space for relaxation, entertainment, and pleasure. Think soft light, giving the illusion of flickering candles or even holiday lights. Since chandeliers illuminate the area below and surrounding it, you may need supplemental lights in the recesses of the room. Sconces or other lights might be in order, but first test your chandelier to see what you need – or do not need.

As for style, you can go from contemporary to classical, depending on your taste. Bronze, crystal, art deco, pendant or bronze or brushed nickel – take your time and make sure you are choosing the one that feels right for the room. There are even halogen chandeliers which may or may not fit your style – the point is think outside of the box, but make sure you are not too far outside so you end up with a sleek modern dining room table lit by an antique crystal chandelier. No need to confuse people! Have fun, get the measurements, and take your time finding the chandelier that’s right for you.


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