How to Select the Right Size Chandelier

One of my favorite parts of designing a room is selecting the light fixture. A beautiful chandelier can take a room from good to great, it can really be the icing on the cake!  

Size Matters…

But often the trick to good design is about sizing up your choices. Even the most fabulous chandelier, if too large, will simply overwhelm the room. 

Simple Math

To select the right size fixture for the entryway or your favorite living space you can use a very simple math formula. Add the length and width measurements of the room together, and your answer equals the right size diameter your chandelier should be.

For example, if your living room is 10′ x 14′, a 24″ diameter chandelier is the appropriate size.

When Furniture Counts 

One of the most popular places to show off a great lighting piece is over your dining room table. For Chandeliers going over the dining room table it is more important to size your chandelier design to the table than the room. The rule of thumb is to make sure your chandelier is one-half to three-quarters the width of your table. It should hang approximately 30 – 34” above your table. Another one of my favorite places for a chandelier is over the kitchen island. The same rules apply, simply measure the island like you would for a dining room table. 


Another popular option for lighting over the kitchen island is the placement of two chandeliers instead of one. Use the same dining room math formula and simply divide your result by 2 giving you the dimension for two individual fixtures. 


Something Unexpected

By placing a chandelier somewhere slightly unexpected it can add character and charm to an ordinary room. Try replacing a simple fixture in your closet or over the crib in a nursery with something more elegant. It can completely change the dynamic of the room. 

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