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Chandeliers
wrought iron chandelier in silver-leaf finish and Italian glass trim
wrought iron chandelier
hand-wrought iron chandelier in silver-leaf finish
wrought-iron chandelier
small Florentine style crystal chandelier
Florentine crystal chandelier
solid cast brass Empire style chandelier in French gold finish
Empire style chandelier
Maria Theresa crystal chandelier for low ceilings
Maria Theresa crystal chandelier for low ceiling
small Empire crystal chandelier on an antiqued gilded hand wrought iron frame
small Empire style crystal chandelier

Chandelier's Placement

There are only a couple of special spots in our homes that we reserve for chandeliers. Usually placement of chandeliers over dining tables and in the main entrance way is a given. But there are many other places were chandelier would work just fine. Chandeliers can do a great deal to help create the overall look of a room, well beyond the amount of light that a chandelier sheds.

Accepting that chandeliers retainer elements of grandeur and luxury, no meter how modest the chandelier is, makes them that much more interesting to incorporate into the decorative scheme of a room. Chandeliers, when used over dining table, should be suspended approximately 30" above the table in an 8'00" high room, chandeliers should be raised three inches for each additional foot of ceiling height


where to hang a chandelier

Exactly where chandelier goes in the room is an important design consideration. A chandelier is usually a significant part of a room's decorative scheme and has a strong visual presence. The first thing to consider is the wiring because it involves not only electrical work, but often carpentry, plasterwork, and painting. So where to place the junction box, which will determine where the chandelier will be hung, is something you want to get right the first time. This is often a decision that needs to be made during construction or renovation and so it is often made in advance of choosing the exact fixture. You can make this decision while you're standing in the room with your contractor, but it might be better to start thinking about it with the aid of a floor plan.

grand home entry with alabaster chandelier abowe a center table; gorgeous millwork
grand home entry with alabaster chandelier above a center table

using a floor plan for chandeliers placement

If the chandelier will be hung over a table, either in the hall or the dining room it is important that you determine the exact placement of the table, because the chandelier, in turn, needs to be centered over it. The table and chandelier together become an inseparable unit.

 

Well appointed interior with classic architectural details and lighting

Well appointed interior with classic architectural details and lighting; Meticulous wall panels and crown molding bring rhythm and order to a space, the sconces add additional dimension to the wall, the swing-arm floor lamp combines beauty and functionality, and the gorgeous crystal chandelier brings true crowning glory to the room.

 

dining room with wrought iron chandelier in silver-leaf finish and Italian glass trim; dining room chandelier ideas
dining room decor with wrought iron chandelier in silver-leaf finish and Italian glass trim

 

beautiful traditional dining room decor with clear glass chandelier, green walls and blue ceiling; green dining room decorating and lighting ideas; glass chandeliers

beautiful traditional dining room decor with clear glass chandelier, green walls and blue ceiling

 

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beautiful living room design with Empire style crystal chandelier; interior design by Villa Decor; Empire crystal chandelier >>

Generally, chandeliers over tables are hung below average head height so if you move the table, you'll bump your head. Chandeliers that are not exactly centered over a table look awkward and poorly planned. Using a floor plan, you can make sure that there is adequate space to walk all around the table if it's in a hall or library, and room for chairs in the case of a dining table. There has to be enough room around the chairs, even when they're occupied, to pass by. Once you've placed the table, the chandelier simply gets centered above it. If you are uncomfortable using a floor plan, a large piece of cardboard cut to the size of the table works just as well.

gorgeous dining room with crystal chandelier; dining room decorating and lighting ideas
interior design by Sara Hopkins

Giving a kitchen its own personality requires careful consideration focused on decorating, and adding the right finishes and details. Beautiful double island antiqued white kitchen with acanthus corbels, beautiful ceiling design, fabulous lighting fixtures;

Beautiful double island antiqued white kitchen with acanthus corbels, beautiful ceiling design, fabulous lighting fixtures
kitchen co-designed by Diane Durocher Interiors and Peter Salerno Inc

chandeliers height adjustment

The second consideration is the height, "How high should I hang the chandelier?" This is easier in a living room or library or den, where the chandelier is hanging above you and you should pass under it. The final height is determine once the exact chandelier is chosen such that their is enough clearance to walk under comfortably and high enough that it is not in your peripheral vision such that you feel the need to duck every time you pass under it. The chandelier should be centered in the room or aligned architecturally and you should not worry about the furnishings below it. In other words, if there are significant architectural features in the room - a fireplace, and arched opening, a pair of windows - use those as a guide for the chandeliers placement.

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beautiful traditional living room with carved wood chandelier; interior design by Sara Hopkins; carved wood chandelier with tassels motif >>

dining room decor with Empire style crystal chandelier; dining room lighting ideas; crystal chandeliers
dining room decor with Empire style crystal chandelier

If the chandelier is to be hung above a dining table, the lowest point of the chandelier should be 36" above it, this allows a pair of diners to see across the table when seated. The chandelier should be centered above the table surface.

Chandeliers in the bathrooms

When square footage is no object and the imagination is generous, there is no limit to the options available today for bathroom design;

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luxury bathroom by Jennifer Bevan Interiors

luxurious bathroom with beautiful fireplace, crown molding and gorgeous crystal chandelier above the marble tub; luxury bathroom inspiration; bathroom lighting ideas
Glorious bathroom; luxurious bathroom with beautiful fireplace, crown molding and gorgeous crystal chandelier above the marble tub;

beautiful blue bathroom with crystal chandelier and cast brass sconces
beautiful blue bathroom by Peter Dorne Architects with crystal chandelier and cast brass sconces

Chandeliers in the powder room

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beautiful powder room design by Jennifer Bevan with cast brass chandelier and sconces, carved mirror and crown molding

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wrought iron chandelier in antique silver leaf

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