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The Right Chandelier for a Dining Room with a High Ceiling

By 03/21/2011January 23rd, 201721 Comments

When I’m reviewing a set of photos for an on-line consultation, if I see a double storey height or high vaulted dining room, I know I’m in Florida because in most homes if the living room has high ceilings the dining room ceiling is normal height.  I’ve seen a few dining rooms there recently with chandeliers that are way too small (they came with the house each time so not my client’s choice) and dangling way below the ceiling, right above the dining room table.

Image via Pure Style Home

This post is for those clients and for those that have a tall entry, keep in mind the ‘visual’ height and width’ of the chandelier or it will just look wrong.

The other thing to notice when the chandlier is hanging so low from the ceiling is that it is left higher (below) than the standard measurement of 30” above the table (above).

You also need a chandelier that visually takes up more vertical space like this wine barrel chandelier (below):

And then I opened up my April issue of Veranda Magazine this morning and saw this chandelier in another dining room with high ceilings and (big surprise) it’s located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Veranda Magazine, Chandelier from Mrs Howard
See how much higher it is than the dining room table? (above)
Scale is so important when choosing a chandelier.
Finding a dining room chandelier can be a challenge but if all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a drum shade chandelier. Still better than standard, builder light fixtures!
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