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Start by measuring your room, as this will guide the size of your chandelier. Add the room's length and width in feet. The total, in inches, should be the chandelier's diameter. For example, in a 12' by 16" (12" + 16" = 28") dining room a chandelier should have a 28" diameter. When shopping for a chandelier, remember this: going 6-8 inches bigger will make a big statement, while going smaller will probably make the chandelier look under scaled and lost in the space. When dealing with an extra long and narrow space, consider using a rectangular chandelier that will enhance the shape of the room and fill the space better.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT CHANDELIER
Now that you've chosen your chandelier, it's time to install it. Remember: nothing looks worse than lighting that was hung too high. Start by measuring your ceiling height. In a dining room with an 8" ceiling, the bottom of the chandelier should hit somewhere between 60-65" from the floor. For every foot over 8", add two inches to that number. This is a great guide to follow, but make sure to take your time to test the height of the chandelier with your electrician and remember to always trust your eye. Lastly, ensure that the fixture hangs at least 30 inches above the tabletop to avoid it getting in the way during dinner parties.
HANGING YOUR CHANDELIER
A FEW LAST WORDS...Finally, your chandelier is installed and ready to use almost. Did you install a dimmer? Dimmers on overhead lighting are essential to creating atmosphere at every time of the day and for every occasion. When choosing your light bulbs, look at the product description of your chandelier for guidance: choose a warm light and never go over 60 watts no one likes to dine in bright lights. If your chandelier has shade clips, using frosted bulbs will eliminate any shadows or hot spots. 1. The Birdie Chandelier 2. The Tempo Chandelier 3. The Octopus Chandelier 4. The Tears From Moon Chandelier 5. The Atelier Chandelier Dining room by Kit Kemp.