Often, the trick to good interior design is about sizing up your choices and less about the decoration of the piece. This is especially important when selecting a chandelier for your dining room. Even the most fabulous chandelier, if too large, will simply overwhelm the room.
It’s important to choose a design that’s large enough to wash the entire table in light, so you don’t leave some of your guests sitting in the shadows.
If you don’t have furniture yet, there’s a very simple interior design and decoration rule you can follow: add the length and width measurements of the room together, and your answer equals the right size diameter your chandelier should be. For example, if your dining room is 10′ x 14′, a 24″ diameter chandelier is the appropriate size.
However, if you already have a table, it’s more important to size your chandelier design to the table than the room. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your chandelier is one-half to three-quarters the width of your table.
For the right hanging height, position the bottom of the chandelier about 30-32 inches above the table, adjusting to work with the size of the table and the overall scale of your interior.