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The Ultimate Chandelier Size Guide

With more than 25 years of experience, the pros at Peak Antler offer their advice to help you determine exactly what your space needs

two extra large mt elberts in a great room

When it comes to lighting up a room in style, a chandelier can make all the difference. However, choosing the right chandelier for your space can be a daunting task. One that is too big or too small can throw off the balance of your room and ruin the overall aesthetic. One that doesn’t fit in with the decor of your room will look out of place. So how do you choose the right one?

There are many factors to take into account including your personal style, the purpose for the chandelier, the height of your ceiling, the size of the room, and the decor of your home. Here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect chandelier for your space.

Why Size Matters

large custom elk chandelier

One of the most important elements to consider when choosing a chandelier, after design and style, is the size. If you’re working with a large room or one with a high vaulted ceiling, you’ll need to properly assess how the chandelier will fit in with the proportion of the room. A chandelier that is too small can be easily swallowed up by the height of the ceiling and make it appear inadequate. On the other hand, a fixture that is too large will overpower the space.

extra large mt elbert with rawhide lampshades in entryway

Finding the harmony between these points is essential to a well-designed room. Focusing on this element before you choose can save you the headache of realizing your perfect chandelier did not create the dramatic impact in the room that you had hoped it would.

Create a Mock Chandelier

It is helpful to determine the chandelier size you need when you can actually see it in the room. We often recommend using cardboard boxes and tape to create a 3D form that is roughly the size of the fixture you have in mind. Have someone hold it up in your room from a ladder while you walk around and view it from different angles. This will give you a better idea of how the chandelier will look and feel in your space.

Take into Account the Design and Style of Your Room

You should always consider the style of the chandelier and how it fits with the overall design of the room. A large, ornate chandelier may look out of place in a modern, minimalist space. On the other hand, a small, understated chandelier might get lost in a grand, traditional room.

Do you want a “busy” fixture with lots of movement and energy in the design or do you want a simpler chandelier with an open, flowing structure that feels more calming? Is your chandelier meant to be a statement piece or simply an attractive source of lighting? Make sure you choose a chandelier that complements the vibe of the room as well as the decor.

Two Can Be Better Than One

Finally, sometimes it’s best to think outside of the box. If the layout of your room doesn’t make sense for a single fixture, consider using two or three smaller chandeliers instead of one in the center of the room. This not only fills head space in a large ceiling but also adds visual interest to the room. In addition, grouping smaller fixtures together creates a more intimate atmosphere.

Antler chandelier over a dinning room table and three elk antler pendant lights over kitchen bar

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