How to Choose a Chandelier for a High Ceiling

If you have high ceilings, you may have noticed that choosing the right chandelier can be difficult – or at least more so than if you had low ceilings. You want to pick something that will complement your decor, not clash with it, but also something that will make your home feel open and airy, not closed in or cramped. Here are some tips to help you choose the right chandelier for your high ceiling.

Choosing For Low Height Settings

For low ceilings, look for small pendant chandeliers—these often work best in kitchens and living rooms with vaulted ceilings. Their exposed chain is more ideal in lower height settings because it won’t make you feel dwarfed. Or, if you have high but narrow ceiling settings, go with a tall chandelier (like one by Christopher Stuart) that will give your home an airy feel.

Choosing For A Medium Height Setting

Opting for a pendant chandelier is going to leave you with more flexibility than most other lighting options. For example, if you’re trying to figure out how high ceilings will work, or where in your home they can be placed, then hanging lights over head isn’t always possible. Pendant lights are perfect because they can hang almost anywhere and still provide some light. They also work well over kitchen islands and bar areas, which is ideal when you’re designing your dining room.

Choosing For a Tall Height Setting

All about pendant chandeliers for tall ceiling settings. The first thing you want to think about is where you’re going to put your new light fixture and what’s behind it. You want your chandelier to blend with its surroundings and frame out whatever art or features are already there, so having lighting on-hand that’s similar in style will help you find something that plays well with others.

Additional Things To Consider When Choosing A Chandelier

How high is your ceiling? Is it shorter than 10 feet? Are you looking for task lighting, or do you want to create an overall mood with your chandelier (soft and diffused light)? Do you like modern or more traditional lighting fixtures? The answers to these questions will help determine which type of chandelier will work best in your space.

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