Do you need a high ceiling to be able to enjoy a chandelier?
For hundreds of years chandeliers have hung in the magnificent rooms of large buildings, mostly as a spectacular focal point suspended from the centre of elaborately decorated high ceilings. But should we be limited to hanging a chandelier from a high ceiling in a grand room? The answer is no, with today’s modern twists on classic designs a chandelier is no longer a feature for the elite.
The chandelier is an elegant and beautiful way to add style and light to your room. Along with its practical purposes like lighting up a room and giving a spacious feel, it can also provide an amazing centrepiece to any space in your home. The great thing is that chandeliers come in many shapes, sizes, and types; modern and minimalistic chandeliers create a wonderful centrepiece whereas the classic crystal chandelier offers true romantic elegance and grandeur.
Of course, we understand that your ceiling height is always a consideration, so we gathered the team here at Heavenly Chandeliers to brainstorm some hints and tips on buying chandeliers for low ceilings and for high ceilings.
What factors can affect your chandelier choice?
Interior designers often publish guidance about how high your chandelier should be hung and generally the advice is consistent.
In your dining room, installing the chandelier at the right height over a table will not only avoid obstructed views across the table but will also provide the right balance of light and intimate ambience at your table.
Therefore, it is recommended your chandelier should be 30-36 inches above your tabletop. If you have a low ceiling, then you would want to choose a shallow chandelier but as long as you apply the above suggestion then a beautiful multi-layered chandeliers can be stunning over your eating space.
Our Kolarz Giro chandelier is a fine example providing a stunning centrepiece to the room.
In your living room or even in your bedroom, the most important rule to remember is to install your chandelier roughly 7 feet above the ground. The chandelier looks stunning in the centre of your bedroom, over your footbed, or just over your bed. Just make sure it is adjusted to a height that will not obstruct your way.
Should your ceiling higher than the standard height which is 8 feet, it is recommended that you hang your chandelier 3 inches for every additional foot of the ceiling height. Hanging the chandelier at the right height will not only serve its decorative function but also get the perfect amount of light for your space.
When choosing the right chandelier, you also have to consider the size of the room. Most designers’ key tip is to add the width and the length of the room and convert it to inches. Then the result will be the width of your chandelier, sound confusing? Here is a simple example, your living room is 12 feet by 16 feet, 12+16=28, therefore the approximate width of your chandelier should be 28 inches. Apply this theory and you will never worry if the chandelier you purchase will look wrong in your room.
Many chandeliers and light fittings today are available with adjustable heights The ceiling height of your room is an important factor to consider when choosing the right chandelier so you want to make sure that the chandelier you choose will not cause any accident when you pass under them. You also want to consider how high the ceiling is if you have any special needs such as hanging light fixtures that have specific heights. If you're planning on hanging it at ceiling level, then you need to take into consideration how much clearance there is between the chandelier and the ceiling.
Choosing the right chandelier
Finding the right chandelier for your home is a matter of good taste and design. The right chandelier can transform any room, making it more stylish. But consideration should be given to the height of your ceiling, where will you hang it, and the size of your room. If you have high ceilings or low ceilings, there are a few different kinds of chandeliers that will fit your needs. It is important that you keep 7 feet of clearance from the bottom of the fixture to the floor to avoid any unfortunate mishaps.
Chandeliers for High Ceilings
If you have a high ceiling, choose a large and tall chandelier that will look great inany room of your home. Chandeliers for high ceilings are a popular choice. You can choose from crystal chandeliers, gold or silver plated chandeliers. You’ll absolutely love hanging gorgeous handcrafted chandeliers like this
Kolarz Belvedere Chandelier plated with 24 Carat Gold.
The Contarini Chandelier is a stunning statement piece that will fit in any fine home and provide more ambiance than any other lighting fixture could. It features a mesmerizing French Gold plated finish, eight branches that are delicately carved to look like candles, each with a crystal candle holder and delicate pendants of clear crystals. It has a minimum height of 99 cm, a maximum height of 144cm, and 85cm in diameter.
Chandeliers for Low Ceilings
A room that has ceilings of anything less than 8 feet is considered a low ceiling. If you have low ceilings, small and adjustable chandeliers are a great choice because they look elegant and will not take up too much space. Be sure that if you have a very low ceiling though, you keep the design to something simple. Otherwise, it might steal the show and make the room look small. Small does not have to be boring though, you can easily add glamor with a fitting like this versatile, yet gorgeous Cannes Chandelier from It's About RoMi.
What if a chandelier does not work for your room?
No problem, there are many great examples of pendant lights which can have a stunning effect, such as this Ivona pendant light from Nordlux.