Now that a lot of the major renovations are nearly behind us on the main floor (nearly!), I am turning my attention to furnishings and decor. It’s true–for the most part I haven’t made ANY of those decisions yet because I was so preoccupied making major decisions. (Although we did get this skirted sofa from Arhaus and this Blue Velvet one from Lulu & Georgia!) But the next decision I’m trying to make is: Is this room ready for a chandelier?? I think so?
We haven’t chosen one yet because we wanted to wait to see how the arched window and the fireplace finished up and really feel the new space before making a decision. Psst–This is a great example of designing in phases!
The arch window is such a focal point, and so is the fireplace, so we’re not looking for something that’s TOO much of a statement piece. But isn’t the purpose of good lighting to enhance a space?
There was an antler chandelier hanging in this room when we bought the house last year. It’s not right for our current design, but in another setting (maybe a future cabin!), and maybe painted white, it would be beautiful. I’m so glad this chandelier was hanging when we arrived because it gave me a good idea of the scale this room needs. The OG chandelier was too small for this room: The vaulted ceiling is 16 feet, and the fireplace is 87 inches wide. The chandelier needs to hang low enough AND wide enough to fit the scale of the room.
There’s a rule of thumb that says that a room can handle 2.5 inches in fixture height for every one foot of room height, which means that this room could handle at least a 40-inch-long chandelier. Another rule suggests adding the dimensions of the room together (in this case, 17′ x 19′) and converting this to inches (36) to determine to diameter of the chandelier. To me, that seems to small for this room!
We mocked up what this room might look like with a 30″, a 40″, and a 50″ chandelier diameter. These aren’t technical drawings (the photo is not taken exactly at eye level), but they’re helping us to envision the scale.
As for the style, there are a lot of modern elements in this room already, so I’m leaning more traditional on the chandelier. We had two big wagon wheel chandeliers in the cabin, and I’d love to try another fresh style. Below, we rounded up lots of styles and sizes. Do you have a favorite?