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How High Should My Chandelier Hang?

hookThere are a lot of opinions about what height your chandelier should hang. Your chandelier is the focal point of your dining room. It should not be too high. If you often move the table and you are afraid people will hit their heads on the chandelier, don’t permanently raise the height of your chandelier. Simply pick up an inexpensive S-Hook or Chain Quick Link at Lowes or Home Depot. When you need it raised, just loop up the chain.

Fine Art Lamps 815940 Chandelier from the Villandry Silver Collection

Fine Art Lamps 815940 Chandelier from the Villandry Silver Collection

“Hang at the right height. The bottom of a chandelier should hit about 30″ (36″ at most) above the tabletop. That brings the light close enough for tasks, clears the view for conversation and avoids unflattering shadows.”
Decorating Dos Womans Day February 2012

Harco Loor Jewel Oval Chandelier

Harco Loor Jewel Oval Chandelier
This beautiful eclectic crystal chandelier is available in a variety of sizes. It can be hand twisted to fit your home.

“When I hang a chandelier above a table, I like to have about 66 inches from the floor to the underside of the light fixture. That’s enough room to put a flower arrangement or a centerpiece on the table and sit and talk, but low enough that you still have light hitting the table, giving a glow.”
HGTV Design Star judge Vern Yip, HGTV Magazine

Fine Art Lamps 233540 Pendant from the Black & White Story Collection

This 32″ wide Oriental Pendant from Fine Art Lamp’s Black & White Story Collection is available in black or white satin lacquer finish surrounding a textured white linen shade.

“30-36” Good height for a pendant light above a kitchen island. Offers bright enough task lighting without head/lamp collisions.
“66” Ideal height to hang a chandelier. Measure from the bottom of the fixture to the floor. This leaves enough room for a centerpiece and doesn’t block you line of sight across the table, but still gives you enough light for eating.”
Design by the Numbers HGTV Star judge Vern Yip shares his measurement cheat sheet in HGTV Magazine June 2013

Add Sparkle Year Round with a Chandelier

Jonathan Adler 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life

Jonathan Adler 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life

On Good Morning America December 3, 2012 Installment of Get the Good Life had tips from Designer Jonathan Adler, author of “100 ways to Happy Chic Your Life.”

This was one of his tips:

Invest in a Chandelier

Lara Spencer introduced the section with, “Every home needs a chandelier, no matter the price point. That’s one of your tips.”

Jonathan Adler responds, “Chandeliers should be bigger than you think you need and more expensive than you think you can afford.”

On the GMA website Adler adds; “Every home needs a chandelier, Adler says. A sparkly chandelier is great for the holidays, but adds sparkle all year round.”

100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life is the latest in a collection of books by Jonathan Adler.

  • 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life
  • Happy Chic Colors
  • Happy Chic Accessorizing

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www.jonathanadler.com/100-ways-to-happychic-your-life/

Gallery of Oriental Lighting

Oriental Style Lighting

Oriental Style Lighting can work in a variety of interiors.

 “If you love to travel, or just have a taste for the exotic and unusual, then you will love an Asian interior design style in your home. It’s colorful, relaxed, unique and fun. Best of all, it can be whatever you want it to be…!” Interior Design It Yourself: Styles by Design by Charlotte Brown

Oriental Style Lighting works with a variety of home styles. Stick with a single country and style or  have an overall Asian feel.  Add a Japanese touch to a Modern interior. Add a Singapore Moderne style to a contemporary home.

Fine Art Lamps 233540 Pendant from the Black & White Story Collection

This 32″ wide Oriental Pendant from Fine Art Lamp’s Black & White Story Collection is available in black or white satin lacquer finish surrounding a textured white linen shade.
www.brandlighting.com/fine_art_black-and-white_story.html

Add a note of Chinoiserie to a traditional or Victorian home.

Victorian with Oriental

Pendant from Fine Art Lamps Singapore Moderne Collection and Uttermost Nepali Bamboo Indoor/Outdoor Floor Lamp
www.brandlighting.com/table_lamps_oriental.html
www.brandlighting.com/fine_art_singapore_moderne.htm

Mix a Chinese Chippendale look in with a comfortable historic home. Thomas Chippendale’s design book, The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director included Chinese as one of his four main styles. Chinese Chippendale is characterized by latticework and lacquer.

Fine Art Lamps Small Pendant from the Fusion Collection

The Fine Art Lamps Fusion Collection includes a small and large pendant and a coordinating wall sconce that demonstrate Asian influence. The deceptively simple metal form of hammered bronze with an oxidized patina is encased in dupioni silk.
www.brandlighting.com/fine_art_fusion.html

Oriental works well with rich bold colors. Incorporate traditional Chinese red and black. Or use a more muted minimalist approach. Pale, neutral, natural colors create a beautiful back drop.

“Creating authentic Asian home décor, regardless of whether it is Japanese home décor or Chinese home décor is not difficult or expensive…  Colors that are perfect for an Asian themed home interior decoration include: Lime green, Turquoise, Light blues, Light tans, White” Asian Home Interior Decor by Miriam Kinai

Modern bath uses Contemporary mirrors from the Quoizel Ibsen Collection and Fire Farm’s Tokyo Wall Sconce
www.brandlighting.com/fire_farm-tokyo.htm

Links to Oriental Lighting

What Size Should My Chandelier Be?

When choosing your chandelier, scale matters a lot. There are a lot of factors to think about, but here is an easy way to calculate the best size for your dining room.

The first guideline is:

  1. Measure your table.
  2. Divide that number in half.
  3. That’s your smallest chandelier width.
    So, a 48″ table gets a 24″ or more chandelier.

If your table is heavier or darker, either choose a heavier, darker or larger chandelier.

Fine Art Lamps 815940 Chandelier from the Villandry Silver Collection

Fine Art Lamps 815940 Chandelier from the Villandry Silver Collection

If your table is lighter in scale, plexiglass or glass or low contrast (the same color as the rest of the room); choose a chandelier that matches the scale and feel of the table or go with a smaller chandelier or pendant.

Van Teal 800650 Fast Moving Wheels Pendant from the Free Wheeling Collection

Van Teal 800650 Fast Moving Wheels Pendant from the Free Wheeling Collection

If your table is rectangular, what is your perspective as you walk into the room? If you are looking at your table from the narrow end, that is your measurement. If you are looking at your table from the wide side, that is your measurement.
You might want to us an oval chandelier or two chandeliers or pendants.

Harco Loor Jewel Oval Chandelier

Harco Loor Jewel Oval Chandelier
This beautiful eclectic crystal chandelier is available in a variety of sizes, including ovals.
It can be hand twisted to fit your home.

Kalco 3-Light Foyer Chandelier 6108 from the Durango Collection

Kalco 3-Light Chandelier 6108 from the Durango Collection

Here is the second guideline:

  1. Measure your room.
  2. Add the length and width together.
  3. The total in feet is your chandelier width in inches.
    So a 14′ x 18′ room gets a 32″ or so chandelier.

Since your dining table usually fits the dimensions of your room, you should get a similar number using both methods. If your chandelier is not in the center of the room, or if it is in an area of a larger open floor plan, you might want to measure from the outlet box to the closest wall, then double that to get your measurements. So if your chandelier will hang 5 feet from the closest wall on one side and 6 feet from the closest wall on the other side, (5+6) x 2 = 22. A 22″ chandelier should fit the scale of the area. The table will likely be smaller, too.

“A chandelier that’s not big enough can make a room feel smaller. A good guideline: Measure the room’s length and width, and add those together. Then use that number for the diameter, substituting ‘inches’ for ‘feet.’ So if your room is 10 feet by 18 feet, you should look for a chandelier with a diameter of at least 28 inches.”
HGTV Design Star judge Vern Yip, HGTV Magazine

“Determine the right scale. A too-big chandelier will make a small room look even smaller, while a tiny fixture will disappear in a big room. Add your room’s length and width in feet and get a fixture whose width is the same number of inches (a 12′ x 16′ room gets a 28″ light), advises Jeff Dross of Kichler Lighting. Another useful guideline: A chandelier should be at least half the table width (so it won’t look puny). If your ceilings are higher than the standard 8 feet, go for a taller fixture; if your dining area is part of a great room, go even larger.”
Decorating Dos Womans Day February 2012