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How to Choose a Chandelier for your Space

November 6, 2017

Another week is flying by and even though life is insanely busy, I can’t stop, won’t stop designing! I’ve spent the last few days sourcing hanging pendants and chandeliers for a few clients and it dawned on me. Why not share what I found with you? Selecting Statement Lighting Here are a few considerations when […]

Another week is flying by and even though life is insanely busy, I can’t stop, won’t stop designing!

west elm Antwerp sofa anthropologie long lumbar boho living room

I’ve spent the last few days sourcing hanging pendants and chandeliers for a few clients and it dawned on me. Why not share what I found with you?

Selecting Statement Lighting

Here are a few considerations when choosing a chandelier or pendant that will stand out in any space:

  1. Make sure the light is centered where ever you are hanging it – above the table or entryway. Sometimes it is tempting to cut corners and use existing lighting cans and use existing conduit but then it won’t be properly centered. Take the time and effort to make sure your lighting is situated correctly.
  2. How much light do you need? If there is already recessed lighting and/or sconces in the space, then you may not need as many lights on the chandelier. If it is the only light source, consider a multiple light chandelier instead.
  3. If if you are selecting a fixture for the dining room, consider the dining table’s size. A chandelier should be around 1/3 of the size of the table. For a 60 inch round table, the diameter of the chandelier would be 20 inches across. That said, there are no design rules if you want to make a statement!
  4. Leave approximately 24-30 inches between the table and the bottom of the fixture. It really depends on how big and long or short and round the light you choose.

I mean look at what I chose for my dining table. I purposely chose an oversized West Elm Grand Mobile Chandelier to make the ultimate mid-century vibe/statement. This lighting says I am bold and here to stay! Sleek and minimal, it leaves enough design space for accents, colors and layers.

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5 exciting  chandelier and pendants

Ok, so what are we waiting for? Let’s jump into my picks!

This West Elm Mid-Century Long Arm Chandelier seriously makes a strong impression with the white lamp shades turning up and of course brass. I love love love this one! Tell me you do too!

Image Credit: West Elm 

Since Anthropologie first came onto the fashion scene, I was hooked. Obsessed. It still is my go to for creative fashion and homewares. Their lighting does not disappoint. Look at this beauty!

Anthropologie Bead ChandelierImage Credit: Anthropologie 

I adore the beads and global market feel!

I am going to give you a design challenge. Even if you initially think this totally would not go with your home. Think again! Eceletic design is the most freeing way to express yourself at home. Try it!

Sorry but not sorry, here is another one from Anthropologie! This will make everyone who comes to your haven SWOON. Light, bright and happy! Perfect for inviting your friends and family to hang and enjoy time together around the dining table.

Anthropologie Cyclical Chandelier Image Credit: Anthropologie

If you are looking for a more traditional yet stylish and stunning chandelier, might I suggest this Jacqueline Two-tier Chandelier?

Circa Lighting Jacqueline Two Tier Chandelier

Talk about stop you in your tracks eye candy! This chandelier adds sophistication and timeless design. I can’t wait to present this to my clients!

Whoa, this next one is perhaps my favorite one in this post. Please tell me I can put this in my own haven one day!!

Circa Lighting Halcyon Two Tier Chandelier

This  Halcyon Three Tier Chandelier is just too good.

Hope you had fun with me exploring the world of strong bold lighting options for your space! I am going to *nudge* my clients toward a few of these and I sure hope they say yes!

Happy Day!

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