Dining vs. Foyer Chandeliers

The world of chandelier shopping can be daunting when homeowners begin to shop for their very first one. A chandelier purchase will not only enhance a room aesthetically, but when properly fit to the dimensions of a room, it is an efficient way to illuminate a large area. Let’s look at the most typical aspects of choosing a chandelier that most confuses customers; by examining the difference between dining and foyer chandeliers. Is there a difference between them?

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Crystorama – Luna Collection

Foyer chandeliers, like dining lights can range in size. However, manufacturers often craft their large chandeliers, stretching them to over-sized versions in order to properly accommodate grand-style foyer entrances. Some foyers, especially the ones found in mini mansions can tower height-wise past two floors; thus requiring a fixture size large enough to be able to shower the area with the appropriate light.

With dining lighting, consideration is also given to over-the-table height, including the value of overall room lighting. Since lighting is an important element in any room, a little bit of time spent deciding on a fixture for a room and where to place it, is never time wasted. Chandeliers are a great addition to just about any room. They will provide excellent light coverage and can add decorative flavor to a well designed room. However, the rules of where to hang a chandelier vary by room and for novices; that can be a tricky thing to try to figure out. The truth of the matter is that there is no hard-defining difference between dining and foyer chandeliers, except for sizing and many of today’s chandelier styles can be utilized for either room.

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Feiss – Cascade Collection

Foyer Chandeliers

The entryway or foyer is your guest’s first impression of your home. One initial and important consideration should be the fixture styling, especially if it is the very last item you place in your foyer. The fixture should not only blend well with the home décor overall, but should help to open up the entry space via its ability to illuminate. There are several fixture styles to choose from, such as: Asian, art deco, contemporary, country, industrial, rustic, transitional, urban and traditional, just to mention a few. If you’re not sure what style your home actually is, since now-a-days, many different types of styles are purposefully mixed to create a look; then choose by color. What would look great overhead? Would a light colored, airy chandelier or a darker, more Mediterranean type chandelier work? What finishes are the room’s doorknobs, picture frames, window sills and light switches in? Perhaps you’ll want to choose a similar chandelier finish.

How does one properly size a foyer chandelier? The rule of thumb is to accommodate between 2.5 and 3 inches of chandelier height for every foot of ceiling height. So for instance, a 10 foot ceiling would require a chandelier in the 25 – 30 height range. Once you have estimated the height range, add your room’s height and width together. If the room is 20 x 16, your room’s sum would be 36 ft total. Then the correct diameter of the room’s chandelier would be approximately 36 inches. So your chandelier could range between 25 – 30 H and 36 W and you’d be in a safe zone, size wise.

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Maxim Chandeliers

Dining Chandeliers

When choosing dining chandeliers, since family members or house guests will be noticeably closer to the light source, especially if the fixture is placed directly over the table; other considerations must come to mind. No guest wants to head-bang a light when they lean forward to get up from the table. A general rule of thumb is to make sure the fixture’s width should be narrower than the table by at least 1 foot. There are other choices to consider as well, such as up lighting and down lighting. Uplight chandeliers direct the light source upward toward a ceiling. Deflecting light upward in this way can allow for a softer and more dimly lit room aesthetic. Downlight chandeliers are often used in dining rooms, so as to create a greater light source directly upon one’s table-top meal.

Generally speaking, chandeliers should be well centered over the dining table. A creative exception would be to hang two smaller chandeliers side by side over the table, in lieu of one large one. Overall, all light fixtures should hang approximately 30-34 inches above a dining table. Keep in mind that no chandelier, no matter what room it hangs in, should hang less than 7 feet from the ground. This is to allow clearance for even the tallest of human guests. Knowing a few pointers such as a few finish and measurement tips mentioned above can turn a chandelier shopping experience into a really fun one – because all the confusion’s been cleared away!

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