How to Hang a Chandelier
So you have found the perfect chandelier and placed your order, now what?
To start with, remember that lighting from any lighting fixture, especially a chandelier, should make a room, the people in it, your home furnishings and your prized possessions look as great as they can. Because of this it is important to hang a chandelier in the right spot and at the right height for the best effect.
- If you hang a chandelier in a dining room the setting should be positioned in the center of the dining table and be proportionate to the room.
- Be aware of the size of your dining room table. You never want your chandelier to be larger than your table since people might bump into it when getting up. The best way to judge is to make sure the chandelier is 12 inches narrower than a table and at least 48 inches of space from each of the room walls or edges.
- You want hang a chandelier about 30 to 34 inches over a table when you have an 8 foot ceiling height. If you ceiling is higher than 8 feet, be sure to mount the chandelier an additional 3 inches higher for each foot of ceiling.
- To prevent unflattering facial shadows from the chandelier be sure to position the chandelier correctly. Also keep in mind that the heat from bulbs can be uncomfortable with placed directly overhead.
- Be sure to avoid high wattage bulbs. The bulbs will increase the heat and cause excessive table glare.
- Adding shades to a chandelier candelabra bulbs or a wall dimmer to help you control the light and set a flattering mood.
- If your chandelier has no central down light, you can enhance the dining room setting and centerpiece by using a recessed fixture with adjustable head and narrow beam bulb. Aim these bulbs at the dining room table’s centerpiece to create additional visual interest to work with the chandelier.
- In a larger foyer setting, a chandelier can provide a great transition from outdoor to interior spaces and set the mood for your entire home. Hang the chandelier high enough to illuminate stairways or side passages. If you have a staircase about knee-level of the upstairs landing is a good standard.
- Chandeliers in a lobby setting can be wider and taller than dining room pieces so that they comfortably fill a space without appearing too small. You don’t want to have a chandelier that is too small for a large space. You should also allow for at least 7 feet of clearance from the floor.
- For kitchen islands and dinette tables, pendant chandeliers are usually the best choice. . Depending on their arrangement and number, position the pendant 30" to 34" inches up from the table surface.
- Adding a medallion will add style and elegence to your room.
- Dress up the hanging wire or chain of a chandelier by covering it in a narrow sleeve of fabric. Fabric should be three times longer than the chain to achieve a gathered appearance.
Many larger chandeliers are heavy and tricky to hang, so be sure to hire an electrician if you are unable to install the chandelier yourself.