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Chandeliers and Pendants Guide

An easy way to make a statement - a chandelier or pendant provides a warm and inviting ambiance that adds life and character to an assortment of rooms.

From clean and simple fixtures to an intricate and elegant design - chandeliers and pendants don’t only look good when the light is on, but add an attractive focal point even when the light is off.

A great way to showcase your style with an architectural silhouette, these light fixtures are both a practical way to light the room, as well as a stylish design feature. When choosing your next pendant or chandelier, here are some points to consider.

What is The Difference Between a Chandelier and a Pendant

While both suspend from the ceiling from a chain, cord, or rod - chandeliers and pendants differ when it comes to the size of the fixture and how it is designed. Here are a few key differences between pendants and chandeliers.

What Is a Chandelier

A chandelier is the largest type of indoor lighting fixture, and rather than taking up floor space, suspends from the ceiling. Providing enough bulbs to light up a whole room, they act as a focal centerpiece as well as a source of ambient lighting.

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How high should you place your chandelier?

For a room with eight-foot ceilings, place your chandelier 30 to 34 inches above the surface of the dining room table. At this height, you ensure the table is lit up without the chandelier overwhelming the space or obstructing the view. For every foot of additional ceiling height, add three inches to the distance. 

If you’re putting a chandelier in other areas of the home, such as a living room or entryway, the lowest part should be at least seven feet from the floor to ensure free and safe movement in the space beneath.

What are the different types of chandeliers?

There are many different chandelier types to suit all lighting needs and decor styles. Popular designs include:

  1. Crystal: Elaborate and stylish, these chandeliers feature hanging crystals from the arms that beautifully reflect light. They are ideal for formal settings.

  1. Drum: Modern and minimalist, the light is encased in a drum-shaped shade, providing soft lighting for dining rooms or bedrooms.

  1. Candelabra: Also called “candle” chandeliers, they have holders for candles to add a traditional, rustic charm.  

  1. Tiered: Resembling the shape of an inverted wedding cake with two to five tiers, these make a statement through multiple layers of light and are perfect for high ceilings and large spaces.

  1. Modern: Clean, geometric lines define modern chandeliers, often incorporating LED lights. Their eclectic look blends well with contemporary styles.

  1. Antler: Made from real or faux antlers, this classic design adds a unique, rustic element to a room and is ideal for cabins or lodges.

Should your chandelier be wider than your table?

No, your chandelier should not be wider than your dining table to avoid throwing off the visual balance of a room. The smaller width ensures the light is centered over the table and evenly spread across the surface. It also reduces the risk of bumping heads with the chandelier when standing up.

As a rule of thumb, an overheard fixture like a chandelier should be about 12 inches narrower than the width of the table it hangs over.