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How to Choose the Right Chandelier for Your Home Even if You Aren't a Pro

The sheer glamour and grace of chandeliers suffice to make them the showstoppers in any room of your home. Indeed, you do not need to limit placement of this crystal lighting to the living room alone. From the entryway to the kitchen and bedroom, different types of chandeliers can light up your space and jazz up your home decor.

Chandelier | Photo Credit: www.jrsphotos.com

If you are trying out chandeliers for the first time, making the choice can seem a daunting task. Worry not, for DesignBids has got you covered. Here is all that a beginner needs to know about how to choose the best crystal lighting.

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Understand Your Type and Preference

Chandeliers are normally associated with crystals, however, they also come in a variety of other materials. Glass chandeliers come in a plethora of attractive shapes and sizes and fall cheaper to crystals. You can also purchase a DIY handmade chandelier which could be fashioned from materials like wood to old wine bottles and glasses, along with other recycled materials.

Glass chandelier | Photo Credit: www.hgtv.com

Another trend is to opt for a metal chandelier that can hold real candles; very apt if you love your Game of Thrones.

Know Your Room Measurements

While there are many online measurement guides, it is sometimes best to take the help of a professional. This can be as simple as taking the advice of the shop you wish to buy the chandelier from. Remember to take your room measurements along with you.

Measure your room before buying chandeliers | Photo Credit: eatthisfood.net

In case, you are doing it yourself; measure the length and breadth of your room in feet and then add the two digits. The final number obtained in feet has to be replaced with inches eg: if it's 10ft by 10ft, then your total dimension would be 100 ft and your desired chandelier diameter should measure 100 inch. Simple!

Correct spacing is essential for the best lighting effect. The chandelier should be at least four feet away from the nearest wall.

Chandeliers Can't Be Used in Every Room

It is a myth that chandeliers look good only in the living room. Your home decor can be as creative as you want it to be. Go ahead and take a look around your home. Do you fancy a mini chandelier in your kitchen above the dining table? Or perhaps one in the bathroom?

Chandeliers in the kitchen | Photo Credit: luxurydreamhome.net

You can put up chandeliers almost anywhere in your home as long as the final look appeals to you. Moreover, instead of one big chandelier, you can opt for two medium ones in a large room. Go ahead and get creative.

Discovering the Right Type for Each Room

While you can put up any chandelier as long as it appeals to you, certain types of lighting look better in one room than the other.

Living Room: You can either go all out with a large ornate crystal chandelier or choose the subtle elegance of two smaller chandeliers. The placement of chandeliers would look great above the coffee table or to match the center point of the living room.

Living room chandelier | Photo Credit: pinterest.com

Entryway: Whether you have a large entryway or a small one, a chandelier can definitely liven up the entry to your home. You can opt for a lantern style chandelier here to add a rustic feel.

Entryway chandelier | Photo Credit: www.pexels.com

Bedroom: Ideally, a bedroom chandelier goes over the bed. However, most people find this placement uncomfortable and heavy. For the bedroom, you can opt for two low hung mini chandeliers on either side of the bed, above the dressing table.

Bedroom chandelier | Photo Credit: www.pexels.com

Kitchen: The kitchen chandelier can be a set of two or three mini chandeliers above the dining table. This is the best room to experiment with a variety of modern dining room chandelier styles and patterns.

Kitchen chandelier | Photo Credit: www.houzz.com

Bathroom: Sounds strange? However, the bathroom is a surprisingly good location for an elegantly long chandelier. Try placing it above the bathtub or in the center point of your largest bathroom.

Bathroom chandelier | Photo Credit: www.onekingslane.com

Finally, listen to your heart

Fashion and fads will always come second place as compared to something that appeals to your taste. Do not be afraid to churn your creative juices into trying out different chandelier styles.

DIY glass jar chandeliers | Photo Credit: www.aneilve.com

If you have an artistic side to you, you can even follow one of the many DIY tutorials online and make your very own chandelier. Do remember to choose a style, placement, and material that will be easy for you to maintain and be within easy reach to clean.

Joanna D'Souza

Joanna D'Souza

Joanna is a writer and pet parent. She spends time away from work with her dog and traveling with her husband. She’s a fan of the Beatles and loves rock and pop from the 80's.

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