Your room may be put together, but it’s time to add the grand finishing touch: a chandelier. Many people don’t know where to start when selecting such a large and central piece of a room, but we are here to help.

First, we need to determine what size will complement, but not overpower your room:

  1. Determine what diameter you need. We have a simple formula to give you a good estimate of your required diameter. In feet, measure the length of the room and the width of the room. Length + width = the diameter of your new chandelier (in inches). For example, if a room is 8 feet by 12 feet, that makes 20 feet. So a chandelier with a 20-inch diameter is a good bet. For a dining room, the chandelier diameter should be about a foot shorter than the table is wide.
  2. Determine the length. If the ceiling is very high, the room may look nicer with a bigger chandelier. Also, certain rooms demand different space for a chandelier: one in a foyer should be about seven feet off the floor while a dining room chandelier should be about two and a half feet from the bottom of the chandelier to the top of the table.

After you have found the perfect size, it’s time to consider the style! What look are you trying to achieve? What is the theme? The chandelier should enhance and complement a room and its style–never overpower. It will likely be a focus piece in your room, so you will want to be certain it is exactly what you are looking for.

Not sure which chandelier will suit your space best? Check out “Your Perfect Chandelier Part 2” for some suggestions on how to tie together your look. Also, be sure to visit our Austin Lighting Showroom! Visit us at 10401 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78758, or give us a call at (512) 491-6444. We look forward to helping you meet all your lighting needs.