Chandelier is an important element of any interior, in which it performs a variety of functions – decorates, emphasizes the style of the interior, gives light and shine. How to transform a room and make it more elegant and luxurious? Sometimes, it is enough to simply hang a beautiful chandelier and the room will start sparkling with new colors.
We offer 4 practical recommendations on how to choose the right chandelier:
Find the right style
When choosing the style of the chandelier, you need to consider the overall style of the interior, and to pay special attention to the colors and shapes.
Chandelier should match the style of the interior, in which you choose to arrange the room. Today the range of chandeliers and lamps is unusually wide. Classic chandeliers with few lamps, decorated with crystal pendants or colored glass, that have metal or bronze frame are perfect for the living and dining rooms. Fixtures with geometric shapes, with frosted glass and metal or plastic elements are suitable for rooms in a modern or high-tech style. To create an eclectic interior, designers recommend for traditional set of furniture to choose a chandelier in fusion style to make the interior more bright and original.
Select the appropriate size
When choosing a chandelier it is good to consider the dimensions of the room in which it will be installed in order not to overload the interior appearance or vice versa not to make the chandelier itself look too small on background of the large space. Proportionality is not the only factor that plays the role, functionality is also important – the brightness of the lamps and their number should be sufficient to cover the entire room.
The size of the chandelier should be selected based on the following parameters: diameter, height and number of arms. Interior designers use a certain formula, which allows calculating the optimal diameter of the chandelier. It is based on the parameters of the room in feet:
Width of the room (ft.) + Length of the room (ft.) = Diameter of the chandelier (inch)
For example, the diameter of the chandelier in the room that is 13 feet wide and 17 feet long should be 30 inches.
To find a chandelier with enough light, it is advisable to use this table:
|Generally accepted norms of illumination for rooms with a ceiling height of up to 10 ft.|
|Premises where used dimmed light||Bedroom||.9-1.2W per square foot|
|Premises where used average light level||WC, Office, Kids bedroom||1.4-1.7W per square foot|
|Room with bright lighting||Living room||2W per square foot|
Determine the color of the chandelier
For the chandelier, designers recommend choosing the color that is “second” in the interior. This tip is classic, but quite arbitrary; it all depends on the general concept of the design and color scheme in certain premises. For traditional interior, with lots of textures and details, you can give the preference to the chandelier in warm shades.
Select the type of the chandelier
Next, you need to select the type of chandelier – hanging or ceiling. Thus it is necessary to take into account the height of the ceilings, the material and the decoration of the ceiling, and the ability to install and operate the lamp in terms of safety. If the chandelier was purchased for the living room, office or bedroom, where the ceiling height is 8-10 feet, it is recommended to hang the chandelier in the way that the distance floor-to-chandelier will be about 6.5-7.5 feet. If living room has high ceiling, where the distance from the floor to the ceiling is more than 10 feet, then the distance floor-to-chandelier depends more on aesthetic considerations than on practical purposes. In rooms with low ceiling, it is best to give preference to near-ceiling chandeliers.
Today, beautiful chandeliers available to everyone, the selection in stores is overwhelming. When choosing a chandelier you should be guided not only by the advice of designers, but also by your own tastes, because it is important that the owner would feel comfortable in every room in the house, and the chandelier should be an eye-pleasing decoration that attracts admiring glances.