Dinning Room Fixture
Calculate the right fixture size for your room. The basic formula is
width of the room (in feet) X 2= approx measurenment in inches
This will be the ideal diameter of the fixture selected.
Example; 10ft x2= 20 inches in diameter.
For the fixture above the table, fixture should be 1/3 of the length of the table.
Where to Hang;
1. It is important to hang fixture in the dining space where it "grounds" the table. If not it will look like fixture is floating alone in the room.
2. Hang it 30 to 34 inches above the table.
3. If measuring from the floor, than fixture should be 5 to 51/2 feet.
4. If your table is round, the fixture should ideally be 12" narrower than the diameter of the table.
5. For square and rectangular tables, choose a fixture that is 12" narrower than the smallest side.
Set the mood;
Invest in dimmer switches. Dimmers allow you to achieve low lighting, when required to set the mood for dinner parties. When doing any other tasks you can easily brighten up the room.
What to Do;
1. Choose appropriate style and size of the fixture.
2. Centre the electric box the chandelier hangs from, above the table. Tables usually sit to one side of the room where trafic flow is lighter.
3. If cord or chain is too long it will clutter up the look. It will be a good investment to move the juction box.
Keep in mind;
1. Instead of chandelier, you can try hanging two or three small fixtures, like hurricane or Murano glass lamps, in a row down the table's length.
2. Group three or four similar hanging fixtures at different heights above the centre of the table.
3. For a rustic look, hang oversized exterior fixtures, such as lanterns.
4. Cover the bulbs of the chandelier with little shades to soften too bright light.
5. If there is no junction, set one or two elegant lamps on the table.
6. In a room with 8-foot ceilings, a chandelier should hang about 33 inches above the table; add 3 inches for every foot above 8 feet. Keep your room layout in proportion by selecting a fixture that is about 12 inches narrower than the top of your table.