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Chandeliers

In the past, chandeliers were typically large and ornate and they were often the centerpiece for a dining room or foyer.

 

However, modern designers are using chandeliers of all shapes and sizes for almost any type of home, regardless of size or grandeur. The artistic accent that a chandeleir brings to a room has extended it's use to breakfast nooks, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and more.

 

Chandeliers are usually the most expensive light fixtures that you can buy.  No matter their style, it is important to find one that properly accents your home. Most designers will tell you that you should purchase a chandelier that complements the time period and architecture of the house rather than the current decorative style. It is not really an option for the average home owner to buy a new chandelier every time their decorative tastes change.

 

The first thing to consider when purchasing a chandelier is the size of the room in which it will hang.

 

  • The chandelier should be two inches in diameter for every foot that the room is wide. For example, if your room is 14 feet wide, the chandelier should be approxinately 28 inches in diameter. This can be adjusted for the complexity of the chandelier; an extremely ornate chandelier will appear larger in your room than it actually is.

 

  •  A chandelier should hang about 30" from the surface of the table to insure no bumped heads and good illumination.

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  • A chandelier should be about 12" narrower than the width of the table over which it hangs.

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  • Total wattage of all bulbs should be 200 watts to 400 watts to provide sufficient light but they should always have a dimmable control.