The Staging Life: Choosing the correct size for a Chandelier


By Nan Johnston, Special to The Shopper

The Holidays are fast approaching and you may be in the mood to update some of your lighting before guest arrive for party or visit, or you may be updating to sell your house.

So, how do you choose the correct size Chandelier?

The Experts at Ballard Designs have these suggestions:

Dining Room – The fixture size needs to be ½ to ¾ the width of your dining room table. You want to be sure that your guests do not bang their noggin on it when trying to sit down at table for that delicious dinner that you’ve prepared.

Living Room – Add the Length plus the Width in feet to get the diameter of the room and then transition the feet into inches to arrive at the chandelier size. The answer in inches should equal the diameter of the fixture. So if your room measures 10 ft. x 14 ft., the diameter of the fixture should be about 24 inches. If the room is smaller than a 10 x 10, the fixture should be 17-20 inches wide. A 12 x 12 room, the fixture should be 22-27 inches wide. And for a 14 x 14 room, the fixture should be 24-32 inches wide. And finally, if you have a really long living space, you may be able to hang 2 fixtures.

Entry Way – Use the same formula as the living room space and allow for at least 7 feet from the floor to keep guest or buyers from banging their head when they walk in the door.

How high should one hang the fixture in the Dining Room or Kitchen Island? Rule of thumb is around 30-36 inches above the surface.

For more tips on how to prepare your house to sell or for the upcoming market, contact Nan.


Nan Johnston is a professional home staging consultant from Newnan with over 30 years experience in the real estate industry. Check out her website for some interesting before and after photos at Feel free to contact her at [email protected].

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