How To Hang A Dining Room Chandelier

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When it comes to choosing the right chandelier for your dining room, there are a few things you need to take into account. Size, style, and function all play a part in finding the perfect light fixture for your space.

In this article, we'll break down the process of hanging a chandelier in your dining room. Keep reading to learn more.

How High to Hang A Chandelier Over a Dining Table

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Choose The Right Chandelier For Your Dining Room

When deciding which chandelier will look best in your space, consider the size and style of your dining room table. If you have a very large table, then opt for a larger chandelier, whereas a smaller table will look best with a smaller fixture.

In addition to the size of both your dining room and chandelier, you should also take into account the color scheme and overall theme of your dining room – for example, if your dining room is decorated Victorian-style but you have a modern chandelier, it might clash. Our advice would be to keep it simple – choose a light fixture that matches or complements the colors in your space.

How To Hang A Dining Room Chandelier

These steps will help you to hang a dining room chandelier:

1. Choose the right location

The main purpose of the dining room is to provide a place for your family and guests to eat, so it's important to pick a spot for your chandelier that makes the process of eating have the right lighting. To make sure you've chosen the best spot, stand at one end of your dining room and look across at where you think you want your light – if you can see your table from there then that's perfect. If it isn't within clear view, then move the location around until it is.

2. Calculate the correct height

Before hanging anything on the ceiling, be sure that you know how high up from the ground the chandelier needs to be. Start by measuring the height of your ceiling – this is where you'll hang your fixture. The next step is to measure your table, then subtract that number from the ceiling measurement. This will give you an idea of how low or high you need to place your light fixture. For example, if you have a 10ft-high ceiling and need to place it 8ft above your table, then go with something around 2-3 feet in height.

  1. Hang the chandelier safely and securely

When hanging any kind of lighting fixture on drywall or plasterboard, always use appropriate anchors. These are designed for maximum weight-bearing capabilities so are much better suited than hooks or nails. There are three main anchor methods for chandeliers:

  • Ceiling medallion – this is where you place the hanging wires into a decorative ceiling medallion that attaches to your ceiling with screws, making it easier to hang the fixture without causing much damage.
  • Heavy-duty screw hooks – these can be placed directly into drywall and provide great support for larger fixtures.
  • Oversized J hooks – used for heavy-duty applications (such as Channels or Robes), they are ideal if there isn't an existing stud in the area you want to hang your light.

Living Room-Dining Room Combination

If you have a living room-dining room combo, then you have a lot of space to play with when it comes to choosing which objects go where. You can achieve this look easily by placing your chandelier in the center of your open-concept living room and dining room, or you can move it closer to either one depending on what design style you're going for.

If you have no choice but to place your chandelier in one room or the other, then put it in the dining room. Placing a large fixture in the center of an open-concept living room can make it feel overpowering and may block views from the window if you have one. Dining rooms are meant for entertaining guests while eating so there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to show off how grand your lights are.

Add Finishing Touches To Complete

When choosing a lighting fixture, make sure you pay attention to the details. In addition to style, lighting fixtures come in different materials and finishes that can add new dimensions to your existing interior design scheme. Be on the lookout for details such as scrolling work or floral accents – these small features will give your chandelier an elegant feel that perfectly complements your dining room.

In addition to adding a little extra flair with some ornate metalwork, crystals are another great way to add finishing touches to a dining room chandelier. These delicate pieces of glass have been around since ancient times and have always been associated with royalty and wealth due to their rarity and beauty. However, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to incorporate them into your decor – crystals add a touch of extra magic to any room.

Brightening A Dark Room

Adding a chandelier to a room with no natural light can make it feel like you're living inside a cave – and who wants that? If the only source of light in your home is by artificial means, then adding more extra lighting fixtures definitely wouldn't hurt. 

While brightening a dark room won't be enough to make it feel like an entirely different place, it certainly does help. Chandeliers are the perfect balance between style and functionality without sacrificing too much on either end of the spectrum – which is why they're such a sought-after decor element.

5 Ideas to Guide Your Dining Room Chandelier Choice - Shades of Light

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Final Thoughts On How To Hang A Dining Room Chandelier

In conclusion, being fashionable and functional, the lighting fixtures you choose for your dining room should always complement the style of your home. Whether it's that rustic chandelier that looks like it jumped right off the set of that new horror movie or a crystal fixture with elegant scrolling accents, make sure you go with what expresses both your style and taste. After all, the dining room is meant to be enjoyed and styled with furniture and objects that make you feel good when looking at them.

Heather Hardy

Heather Hardy

Heather is a professional writer with a background in real estate and home renovation. She enjoys research and contributing to DIY publications and loves to review home products and appliances.

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