Chandeliers

Chandeliers

Grand and elegant or sleek and abstract – no matter what style you prefer, the dynamic visual appeal of a chandelier is undeniable. They offer beautiful overhead lighting while providing a design element that complements the rest of your decor and adds another layer of style to the room. Before you start shopping for your new addition, consider important factors like size, style, chandelier type and the spot where you intend to install it. Use these tips from us at Williams Sonoma to choose the ideal chandelier for your room.

Chandelier Sizes

The size of the room and the chandelier are important details to note before you buy this type of lighting. Chandeliers typically run anywhere from 17" to 48" in diameter. Mini chandeliers are popular for cozy nooks and small spaces such as powder rooms and closets, while medium-sized chandeliers are a traditional choice for dining room lighting and an opulent lighting option for bedrooms. The largest chandeliers typically make their appearance in oversized rooms, such as large formal dining rooms and elegant entryways. To find your ideal size, the general guideline is to choose a chandelier that leaves 48" of space or more from the room’s walls, or one that’s 12" narrower than the table you hang it over. This creates balance and symmetry. That’s not to say that there aren’t exceptions, either. For example, an oversized chandelier can look wonderful in a small space, especially if it’s light and airy. Likewise, multiple small chandeliers can dress up a large space by adding visual interest.

Chandelier Styles & Finishes

Other than size, the style you want is among the most important factors to think about. Chandeliers typically come in four main styles: traditional, contemporary, transitional and eclectic. Traditional chandeliers tend to be more ornate with embellishments. Contemporary chandeliers follow minimalist designs and have clean lines. Transitional chandeliers combine a bit of the traditional and contemporary styles for a mixed-element look that works with nearly every other type of decor. For a fun, funky look, eclectic chandeliers offer a personalized, informal look. Within each of these styles, chandeliers also come in different finishes, often with metal, wood and glass or crystal. Choose from vintage, farmhouse, coastal or industrial styles, too.

You can choose a chandelier in the same style as the rest of your fixtures and decor. Or, you can use your chandelier as a contrasting pop of style. For example, a contemporary chandelier can shine in a room filled with antiques, while a traditional piece can look amazing juxtaposed in an otherwise modern room.

Chandelier Types

The type of chandelier you choose determines how it lights your room. Those with shades are among the most common types. They usually have glass or fabric shades that filter the light from the bulbs. Tiered chandeliers make a strong statement with a large footprint that adds elegance and texture to spaces. Candelabra chandeliers look like candle holders, but without the real flames. Crystal and beaded chandeliers add instant elegance and light that shimmers and sparkles in the room.

Tips for Hanging Chandeliers

Choose the hanging height based on the room and area where you’re using the chandelier. For example, if you’re hanging it over a dining room table, it should be roughly 32" higher than the table. You might have to adjust that a bit to avoid having tall friends and family accidentally knock their heads on low-hanging embellishments when the get up from their dining room chairs. If you’re hanging it in a grand entryway, hang it at least 68" above the floor for plenty of clearance.

It’s always enjoyable to mix and match your styles and finishes to have a little fun with your chandelier. Whether you’re adding it to your dining room or your bathroom, the right chandelier is waiting. You just need choose the one that best fits your space and style.

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