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How to select a chandelier for my dining room

Dining room lighting can set the mood for not only your meals, but also your home.

Is your dining room table visible when you walk in the front door? What about from your kitchen? With so many open concept homes now, the lighting in your dining room often sets the tone for the rest of the lighting on that same floor.

One question I get a lot is how to select the correct sized chandelier or pendant for the dining room.

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The first thing to consider is the size and shape of your dining room table. The rule of thumb is to select a chandelier is one-half to three-quarters the width of your table.

Next, consider how high to hang it. Center the chandelier with the table and hang it so the bottom is 30 to 34 inches over the tabletop. If you have high ceilings (over 8 ft), for each foot, add about another 3 inches. So 9ft= 33 inches over the table, 10ft= 36 inches over the table.

A couple other tips, make sure the lighting coordinates with other lighting that is visible. For example, if you can see your island pendant lights from the dining room, these shouldn’t clash.

Also, dining room lighting should be ambient. Choose a warm light bulb (vs. cool) and if you can, have your dining light on a dimmer switch. 

See below for a quick visual to reference when you need it. 

If you need assistance with selecting one or two items, like a chandelier or pendant, let us help you. We offer our Hourly Consultation package for decisions like these!  




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