How To Choose The Perfect Chandelier For Your Home
Chandeliers can add amazing ambience to virtually all the rooms in your home. Chandeliers come in a wide variety of sizes, styles and colors. You can find anything from metal to bronze, to glass or crystal, even ceramic and gold. With so many beautiful chandeliers out there, finding the perfect chandelier for your home is almost a guarantee. Nevertheless, the process may be overwhelming. Below are some important tips that will guide you in choosing the perfect chandelier for your home.
You perhaps have a good idea what style your room is – traditional, contemporary or modern. Your chandelier should fall within the parameters of the design scheme of your room. However, this shouldn’t be considered to be the iron rule. In reality, many interiors are arranged in an elaborate and eclectic way. A room that has been traditionally furnished may look great with the fusion of a modern chandelier. Similarly, an ultra-simple and modern interior can benefit greatly from the splendor of traditional beauty. When shopping for a chandelier, you should always pay attention to your instincts, if you come across one that fits the style of your home but leaves you apathetic, keep walking until you find the perfect one.
Before shopping for the perfect chandelier, you should first gather inspiration from websites and magazines and take 3 to 5 photos with you on your shopping trip – it is also a good idea to have a photo of your room. Show the photos to the lighting salesperson and explain to them in general terms what you are looking for. Most lighting professionals are passionate about the art of lighting design and usually have many years of experience. This makes them uniquely qualified in helping you select the perfect chandeliers for your home.
It is also important that you take into consideration the amount of light the chandelier should provide. Perhaps it is one of several sources of light in a bedroom or dining room, and so brightness doesn’t have to be a priority. However, if the chandelier is the only light in your lobby, the amount of light provided by your chandelier is important – the last thing you want in your home is a lobby that is dimly lit. When in doubt you should always go with more light potential, you can always replace bulbs with lower wattage alternatives.
The size of your chandelier will depend on the size of your room. It should be the key feature of a room and complement the furniture and area around it. Too small and it will look out of place and lost, too big and it will overwhelm the room.
A good tip to determine the size of your perfect chandelier is to use the dimensions of your room. Add the dimensions (feet) of two sides of your room and convert that to inches to find out the diameter of the fixture. For instance, if your room is 10 ft. x14 ft. the diameter of the chandelier should be around 24 in. When in doubt, it’s better to go a little bigger than smaller. Smaller fixtures will throw off the proportions of your room and can look silly and diminutive, whereas slightly over sized fixtures will command presence, and look more stylish and natural.
In dining rooms, however, you should use the dimensions of your dining table as reference; the diameter of your chandelier should be around half to two thirds the width of your dining table. Again, it is better if you choose a slightly bigger than smaller for your dining fixture, but just ensure it is 12 in. narrower than the width of your table so that taller guests will not bump their heads.
Think About Maintenance
You will have to clean your new chandelier regularly so that you can remove dust and keep it shining. Most chandeliers are crafted from delicate crystal or glass and most feature many small elaborate beads and other detailing. Some chandeliers need less maintenance than others. Chandeliers that have larger parts or fewer pieces will be quicker to clean and dust on a regular basis. To keep your chandelier looking new, you will have to clean it thoroughly at least once every year. Chandeliers that have crystals will have to be washed in warm soapy water and those that are made from metal have to be polished. You should keep this in mind when selecting the materials that the perfect chandelier for your home is made from.
Take some time and enjoy the process of selecting the perfect chandelier for your home, a beautiful fixture will give your room a high end, sophisticated appearance and will be something you will enjoy for years to come. Check out our chandelier collection available here!