Stunning, sophisticated, stylish—chandeliers are elegant pieces of decor that can elevate any room in your home. But with so many possible styles and sizes of chandeliers available, how do you select the one that will help your interior shine the most? Here are three things to consider when choosing a chandelier.
Selecting a Size
You want your chandelier to fit flawlessly into your space. If a chandelier is too big, it will make the room feel tiny and cramped. But if a chandelier is too small, it'll be less noticeable and won't provide that wow effect.
So, how do you determine the ideal chandelier size? It involves a bit of math, but don't worry—it's not hard! At Bicycle Glass, we use an equation that works off the rule of thirds. To start, measure the length of the surface you want to place your chandelier over—for example, a couch, counter, dining room table, or floor. Then, select the chandelier you want to use and determine its maximum diameter.
You'll want to divide the diameter of the chandelier by the length of the surface you're placing it over. This calculation will result in a decimal. Now, move the decimal two spaces to the right. This number is the percentage of length the chandelier will take up. For a balanced look, aim for a number between 20 and 35 percent.
What's Your Style?
Secondly, what's your style? Do you prefer the refined, grandiose candle-style chandeliers or a more minimalistic, contemporary style? Maybe you want something brimming with personality, such as a down-to-earth antler chandelier or an exotic beaded chandelier. Also, do you have a preferred material or color? Knowing what you like and dislike makes selecting a chandelier tremendously easier.
The Perfect Placement
The final placement is yet another factor to consider when choosing a chandelier. Where's the optimal location for your new focal point?
If you're placing your chandelier in the dining room or kitchen, directly above the island or dining table are functionally and aesthetically prime positions. For the bedroom, most opt to place their chandelier directly over the bed. But if the thought of having a cumbersome object dangling above you while you sleep is unnerving, place it centrally in the room. For chandeliers in the foyer, place them centrally or vis-à-vis with the staircase—if you have one—for the most dramatic effect.
Add an elegant, contemporary touch to your home's interior with one of Bicycle Glass's masterfully hand-blown glass chandeliers. Our chandeliers aren't just drop-dead gorgeous; they're also eco-friendly, made from 100% consumer-recycled glass in our wind-powered facility. Shop our dozens of single- and multi-pendant options to find your new favorite decor piece.