A chandelier is more than just another accent piece. It’s often the focal point of a room, and that makes choosing the right one an important design decision. Whether you want to make your entryway feel grand, add some dazzle to your master bedroom, or bring the glam to your bathroom, there are some basics to consider when choosing a chandelier. We’ll walk through the three most important ones below.
One of the first things to do is zero in on overall style. Chandeliers come in a huge range of designs from clean and sleek to ornate and elaborate. To focus your search, consider the style of your home and the room in which the chandelier will hang.
Is your décor traditional or are you drawn to modern pieces? Is your home a rustic cabin or a mid-century masterpiece? Start with a broad category and then narrow by finish or color and specific style.
Shape is another consideration. Round remains the most common chandelier shape, but you can also find rectangular or square options that look great above similarly shaped tables or counters.
A chandelier that’s too big can make a room feel cramped. Choose one that’s too small, and it will look out of place.
Finding the right size chandelier for your room takes some simple math. Just add the length of your space to the width and you’ll find your ideal diameter in inches.
Also think about hanging height (check the length of the included cord) and where you’ll put it. For example, if it’s above a table, look for a chandelier that’s 1/2 to 2/3 the width of the table.
Chandeliers come in a wide variety of prices, from under $100 to over $1,000. There are several factors that contribute to the final price tag, including materials and size.
Items like genuine crystal cost more, but add plenty of extra sparkle, and if you have a larger room, your lighting is likely going to scale up in price as well. Price range is a personal decision, but remember that a chandelier is a prominent design element, and the style payoff is often worth the investment.
Want some inspiration? Take a look at some of our favorite chandeliers under $500.
Once you have the basics nailed down, shopping for a chandelier is all about what appeals to you. Don’t be afraid to go all-in with your style. This lighting piece makes a statement. Make sure yours is speaking your style language.