Chandeliers were traditionally used in foyers and dining rooms, but they are becoming more and more commonly used by home owners as part of the interior decoration of the home. They are installed not necessarily just in foyers and dining rooms, but also the master bedrooms, master bathroom or living area of the home.
Chandeliers are often sold without the shades and are often used that way. The Chandelier will give a totally different appearance by adding or changing shades. So if you own an expensive piece of Chandelier, you may consider adding or changing the shades to reinvent the piece. You can even install the new piece in a different room. This way you don’t have to spend a fortune buying a completely new piece and wasting an otherwise good Chandelier.
There is an art to buying a Chandelier that is of the right size for the space where you are going to put it, but it is quite simple.The size of a Chandelier should be the room dimensions added together. So if your foyer is 12′ by 16′, then add 12 + 16=28. The proper size Chandelier for this space would be 28″ in diameter.
Chandelier bulbs come in up to 60 watts so if you have a 10-arm chandelier, that’s 600 watts (which will probably be too bright). For a Chandelier with that many arms, try using 40- or even 25-watt bulbs for the right amount of light in your space. I would recommend going one step further and installing a dimmer to control the glow even more. Surprisingly dimmers are not expensive to install so get a few quotes and find out for yourself whether it is worth your while. Often it is.
If the Chandelier is going above a table, then the diameter should equal the width of the table. For example, if the table is 54″ wide, then a Chandelier with a 27″ diameter would be appropriately sized. The Chandelier should hang approximately 30-32″ above the tabletop. This is low enough to complement your table settings, but high enough to be out of the way.
Glass Chandeliers require careful approaches and procedures for care that are different from those for metal or metal and glass lighting devices. In a dining room that’s totally open with nothing but columns delineating the space, you may be able to go with something larger.
Cleaning your chandelier once a year will keep it shining to its original brilliance. Use a damp or dry cloth to clean your chandelier.