Illuminate Your Style: Choosing the Perfect Chandelier

When it comes to dramatic lighting, chandeliers outshine the rest. Well-suited to a variety of spaces—high-ceilinged foyers, formal dining rooms, or even spacious master suites—they create an instant focal point while serving a practical purpose.

When shopping for chandeliers in Colorado—or anywhere, for that matter—it can be difficult to know where to begin. While it may be tempting to purchase a chandelier based on looks alone, there are a number of other important factors to consider:

  • Length: If you’ll be hanging the light fixture above a table, allow for approximately 30” of vertical space (from the surface of the table to the bottom of the chandelier) to provide ample lighting and to prevent painful head bumps. Figure in an additional 4” for hanging hardware, and if you like tall centerpieces or decorative accents, don’t forget to account for those. If you find a chandelier you love but it’s too short, you can always use a decorative chain to lower it. If you’ll be hanging the fixture in a living area or hallway, make sure it hangs at least 6’6” from the floor.
  • Width: If you’re illuminating a dining room, measure the width of the table and try to find a chandelier that’s about a foot narrower. Also take into account the overall dimensions of the room—add the length and width of the space and look for a chandelier that matches this number in inches. For example, if your room is 14’ x 20’, you’ll want to look for a fixture that’s around 34” wide. There are some exceptions to this rule: rooms with vaulted ceilings or lots of open space can accommodate bigger chandeliers, and smaller spaces or rooms with many furnishings may call for smaller fixtures.
  • Wattage: To ensure adequate illumination, make sure the chandelier accommodates bulbs between 200 and 400 watts. You’ll also need to consider the number of lights: if you’re illuminating a small space like a bathroom or short hallway, 6 to 8 bulbs should suffice, but larger areas may need additional light sockets. Chandeliers with dimmers give you more control over the light output and help to conserve energy.
  • Materials: Above all, the perfect chandelier should blend well with your existing décor elements, reflect your personal style, and offer a high level of craftsmanship and durability. At Colorado Style ® Home Furnishings, a premier Denver furniture store, each of our fine chandeliers is made from only the finest materials, including wood, bronze, brass, leather, iron, stone, nickel, rattan, copper, ceramic, and porcelain.

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