Your Guide to Finding the Best Chandelier & Pendant Lighting

Your Guide to Finding the Best Chandelier & Pendant Lighting

Lighting makes a larger impact on your home than you realize. It can set the mood in the evenings to add style with your fixtures. That's why it's important not to let lighting be an afterthought.

This is especially true when you're trying to choose the right chandeliers, pendants, and hanging lights. Whether it's a large fixture for your foyer or a show-stopping design for the dining room, the right light makes a difference.

Set the tone no matter the occasion, but first, you have to choose the right fixture. Here is a guide on what to consider before buying a chandelier, pendant, or hanging light.

Consider the Room Size

This is the first and most important step. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a chandelier or pendant light only to find that it won't work in the space.

Start by taking the dimensions of the space by measuring the room, length, and width. Add the two numbers together, and the sum is a good idea of the diameter of a chandelier should be inches.

However, this is a starting point, not a hard and fast rule. Before buying a chandelier, you'll also want to consider the layout of the room.

Is it an enclosed space? Then you probably want to size your lighting fixture down. If you have an open floor plan, you can have a slightly larger ceiling light.

Thinking room first will ensure that your light fixture feels balanced with your home and the rest of the design.

Height Clearance

The other dimension you should consider is height. You'll want to measure both the height of the ceiling and the height of the fixture before committing to a new chandelier or pendant lighting.

A good rule of thumb to remember is that for every foot of space from floor to ceiling, you can add three inches to the chandelier's height. However, this isn't a rule you have to follow; adjust the light's proportions as necessary.

You also want to keep in mind the height of everyone living in the home. Low chandeliers for a family of tall people can mean dodging lighting fixtures for the duration of living there.

Chandeliers that hang too low or too high can also affect the visual proportions of the room.

Room and Placement

You'll also want to think about the room where you'll place the light fixture and the placement in that room. Consider the difference of space between an entry foyer and a living room or a dining room and a kitchen.

A multi-pendant chandelier might overwhelm a dining room but fill up a two-floor foyer spectacularly. Similarly, you might not want a long pendant light in your living room for fear of blocking the television on the wall.

Think about the room and the furniture and how the light fixture you choose may affect it. This extra step will give you a much more cohesive design.

Think About Style

The fun part of choosing a chandelier is picking which style you want. Now that you have an idea of the dimensions that will fit in your home, you can pay more attention to the aesthetics of the fixture.

Most lighting can fall under one of three categories: traditional, transitional, and contemporary. From here, the fixtures may fit more into certain styles than others.

But since this is a prominent part of the design, consider which category you would use to describe the rest of your interior. After you have a big idea, you can get more specific with your personal style and taste.


Traditional interior design is just as it's described. Many homes will fall into this category as it's the largest and most representative. Cozy and comfortable, these homey dwellings are timeless and inspired by the previous centuries.

Traditional light calls for a more ornamental style with complex shapes. Brass and decorative finishes like on a crystal pendant chandelier are idiosyncratic of this style. Consider classic chandeliers like styles that feature candlesticks. 


Not too old and not too modern, somewhere right in the middle lies transitional style. A transitional design pulls elements from both traditional and contemporary styles into one cohesive design.

In a transition home, you want to pick a fixture that can complement both styles. Choose simple materials that fit well into many designs like wrought iron, nickel, or brass. Subtle ornamentation will bring in a traditional element.


Contemporary is a larger category that encompasses many designs that have been popular in the last few years. From ultra-modern minimalist interiors to colorful and clean interiors, contemporary designs have many influences.

With contemporary homes, you want to experiment with clean lines, different shapes, and new materials. Keep ornamentation and detail to a minimum. Contemporary lighting is like art that can bring out your home's personality.

Compare Pricing

The last step when choosing chandeliers, pendants, and hanging lights is to compare the price. Lighting is important for interior design, but you don't want to spend your entire budget on it.

However, you don't want to go too cheap, as it may not be a sturdy design that holds up in a few years. You want to pay for quality, but not over- or underpay for the sake of luxury or a bargain.

Set aside a portion of your budget that will go to buying light fixtures in your design. With so many options and styles, you're sure to find one that's perfect for you.

Chandeliers, Pendants, and Hanging Lights! Oh My!

Lighting is one of the most overlooked aspects of interior design. Not only does it set the mood, but the right lighting can transform a room. You can highlight unique features and make the space more comfortable with only lighting.

So it's important to choose the right fixtures for your interior design. Finding the right chandeliers, pendants, and hanging lights might seem like an overwhelming task. But with this guide, you'll know exactly what to look for.

Feeling inspired to transform with light? Browse our collection of lighting options to take your interior design to the next level.

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