How to Find the Perfect Chandeliers for Your Home

Iron chandelier in Farmhouse living room with slipcovered sofa and wood coffee table via @shopfarmhouseliving

A chandelier is an exciting purchase to make. Since the invention of electricity, people have marveled at the beauty of chandeliers that hang from the ceiling, illuminating our homes. I won’t lie, dreaming about chandeliers is one of my favorite things to do.

There is something about this light fixture that puts me in a good mood. Maybe it’s the elegance or the charm – but I just love a good chandelier!

If you’re thinking about buying a chandelier, then you’ve come to the right place. I hope this chandelier buying guide will assist you in making the right choice for this beautiful lighting fixture.

Chandeliers by Style

There are so many different types of chandeliers but these are my favorites:

Crystal

Crystal chandeliers are an elegant and classic addition to any home. They work in feminine homes, Parisian apartments, and even contemporary interiors.

Beaded

Beaded chandeliers are pretty versatile and I’ve seen them in lots of homes from bohemian to farmhouse.

Mid-Century

Mid-century modern chandeliers are coming back in style. These brass geometrical style chandeliers is a favorite of lots of Instagrammers and bloggers.

Farmhouse

Farmhouse style chandeliers are rustic in nature and could feature materials like wood and distressed metals.

French Country

Not far off from the Farmhouse chandelier, French country chandeliers are also rustic by design and feature many of the same materials, but often have more curves in their design – giving them a French twist!

What is the Proper Chandelier Size?

You can put a chandelier in any room of your home – literally! As long as you pay attention to the size, you can fit a chandelier anywhere. Smaller rooms like bathrooms will fit a small chandelier (about one foot wide), whereas a larger space like a living room can handle a chandelier several feet wide.

How High Should a Chandelier Hang?

A chandelier should hang at least 7 feet above the floor in the entryway, living room, or bedroom. That is a general guideline you can use for almost any room. If you’re hanging a chandelier in the dining room however, it should hang about 30 to 34 inches above the dining room table. Chandeliers hung above a kitchen island should hang slightly lower, typically above 28 to 32 inches above the island counter.

If you’re wondering how high to hang a chandelier in a two-story foyer, then that depends on your space. Ideally, the chandelier should hang low enough to be centered in front of a picture window that is visible from the street. If you don’t have a window, then 5 to 7 feet is a general guideline for how low the chandelier should hang.


I hope this chandelier decorating guide will help you find and hang the perfect ceiling lighting fixture in your home! Do you have any tips for buying chandeliers? Don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comments below. Chandeliers are the perfect option to add a touch of class when it comes to lighting your home. These versatile lighting fixtures are sure to be a wise investment!

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