How to Select the Right Size Chandelier

How to choose the right size chandelier for your space

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. Below, we used a drum shade with a diffuser to create super flattering light that your guests will certainly appreciate.

Your dining room chandelier should be one half to two-thirds the diameter of your dining table.

A Simple Formula

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.

How to Select the Right Size Chandelier

Think Proportions

However, if you already have a table, it’s more important to size your chandelier design to the table than the room.

The rule of thumb is to make sure your chandelier is one-half to three-quarters the width of your table.

For example, in the dining room above, we’ve used the Extra Large Orb Chandelier which is 40″ in diameter with our Andrews 60″ Dining Table. The Orb Chandelier is exactly 2/3 the diameter of the dining table. Perfect!

How high to hang your chandelier over 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.

For more design inspiration, visit our Pinterest Boards, or find more gorgeous rooms in our Photo Gallery.

 
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27 Comments

  1. Reply

    Elizabeth Whiffen

    September 3, 2017
     

    Hi I adore Ballard Designs! I have 2 Chandaliers from you. They must be discontinued, but very similar to you 10 arm Luce. They are 44″ wide. I have a breakfast nook and adjoining dining room. They are the right size length + width = size, but my ceilings are only 8 feet tall. I always believe go big or go home. I guess I am asking for permission to hang them. I feel like they are so light and airy, not bulky, and not gaudy, that I still can go for it. Do you agree? They are 3 years old and I saved for 6 months to buy them. I cannot part with, or replace them. Do people have to live with little chandaliers because their ceilings are low?
    Thank you,
    Elizabeth

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      September 12, 2017
       

      Elizabeth,
      It’s hard to say without seeing the space, but if you don’t have to walk under them (since they’re over tables), it should be fine. I say hang them!
      Best of luck. We’re so happy to hear that you love your chandeliers.
      Caroline

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    Felicia Palazzo

    July 27, 2017
     

    Could you please tell me where to find this dining room table?? Please!

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      Annika Dupree

      July 28, 2017
       

      Hi Felicia,
      Isn’t that dining table stunning? It’s our Andrews Pedestal Dining Table, which you can find here: . It is shown in the post in whitewash,but comes in graywash as well.
      Hope this helps!

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    Jane

    February 21, 2017
     

    Does the adding length plus width of the room apply to bedrooms also for chandeliers

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      February 24, 2017
       

      It does!

  4. Reply

    Casey

    December 30, 2016
     

    Can you do a round chandelier over a rectangle table?

    • Caroline McDonald
      Reply

      Caroline McDonald

      January 3, 2017
       

      Casey,
      Yes absolutely! Just be sure your chandelier isn’t wider than your table is narrow.

  5. Reply

    Kathy

    May 6, 2016
     

    Our dining room is 13×15-1/2 and we have a country French dining room set. Our table is rectangular (40×103 inches) and can accommodate 10 chairs. Our only light source is the chandelier. We want to replace the 6 candle (60 watt) chandelier with one that provides more light. Any suggestions on size or style?

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    Lucy

    January 4, 2016
     

    Hello,

    I am deciding on the size of a chandelier for a dining room which is also the entry in a victorian home. The ceilings are very tall. We already have the dining room table. It is 44″ wide and with leaves is 80″ long. The room size is 15 x 16. I’m planning on offsetting the table and chandelier due to the front entry. Would a 24″ chandelier look too small?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 9, 2016
       

      Lucy,
      We would love to help you with your space, but it’s hard to help without seeing your dining room. If you complete this form, and our Design Solutions team can see your space and contact you with suggestions!

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