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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Chandelier

Chandeliers are arguably some of the most elegant and stunning light fixtures you can buy for your home.

They have a classic appeal, and are available in a variety of styles, designs, sizes, and materials. And far from popular belief, a chandelier can look great in almost any setting.

However, buying the wrong one can have the exact opposite effect to what you intended.

Your visitors may be left wondering what made you opt for a lighting feature that doesn’t do anything for the space.

Like any other lighting, chandeliers need to be chosen with care. But as with all things, people can fail to focus on the important aspects while choosing these lighting fixtures.

Here we discuss some mistakes to avoid when buying a chandelier.

Common Mistakes People Make While Purchasing Chandeliers

1. Choosing the Wrong Size

If you get this wrong, it won’t matter how stunning the piece itself looks. You want your chandelier to be a statement piece and impress your guests, not overwhelm or shock them. But you also don’t want to spend your money on a chandelier that looks too meagre in its setting.

Man-Making-mistakePlacing a lighting fixture that’s just too small for the room is likely to be the commonest mistake people make.

It's understandable. You make the mistake because you fear the exact opposite, choosing something that is too large, and people think, "OMG! What were they thinking?"

So it it's too small, it’s very noticeable and indicates you have a poor understanding about interior design and lighting concepts.

Most designers prefer to opt for slightly larger chandeliers rather than smaller ones. If the room is expansive, look for something that’s proportionately larger and more dramatic too.



2. Not Paying Attention To The Height

Really-High-ceilingHeight is another aspect that comes into play while buying a chandelier.

People often find that the piece they have purchased is too long for the room it was intended for. Not all spaces have impressively high ceilings.

In fact, many modern homes have low-ceilinged rooms. When purchasing a chandelier for such a space, you’d have to give careful consideration to the head height aspect. You don't want your guests permanently having to duck to ensure that they are not bumping into this great fitting of yours.

So, if you have taken a fancy to a particular chandelier, make sure the chain on the chandelier can be shortened to adjust the fixture to the ceiling height in the room.


3. Mismatched Style

Today, chandeliers come in a range of styles, materials, and designs, and you can easily find something that meets your preferences.

Some of the chandelier styles to choose from include Crystal, Art Glass/Tiffany, Rustic, Victorian, Contemporary/Modern, Traditional, Transitional, Modern-rustic, and Industrial. Some of these could have elaborate designs and will be very ornate, while others could be minimalistic.

It’s also possible to find chandeliers in antique or distressed styles.

With so many different styles, designs and materials available, the common mistake that people commit is to buy a chandelier that doesn’t match the rest of their décor.

They buy the first piece that appeals to their taste and style preferences. It’s true that the piece you buy needs to appeal to you, but you can’t make this choice in isolation. It’s necessary to ensure that the style of the chandelier you choose syncs with the styling of your home.

For example, if you have a cottage-style house with rustic décor, a modern metal chandelier with open candle bulbs will surely stand out like a sore thumb in the space.  Conversely, if the interiors of your home have a contemporary/ modern architectural style, an ornate Victorian-style chandelier would jar the senses.

If you have a lot of metal and glass in the room, a chandelier with chic & clean lines would fit into the overall aesthetic of the room better than one made of wood. In short, the materials used and the overall structure and style of the piece need to sync with the room it adorns.

4. Not Considering Light Impact

Really-Poor-lightingMany people fail to consider light impact while buying chandeliers. They don’t always pay attention to the direction of light from the fixture and end up making the wrong choice.

For example, if you want to install your chandelier in a very large entryway, and choose one that’s covered with fabric or ornate woodwork, that will affect the manner in which light shines down into the entryway.

This type of chandelier will only end up creating shadowy spots in the main entryway area, impacting the aesthetic appeal of the space.

While a chandelier is designed to be the focal point of the room, you need to make sure it throws the right amount of light in that particular room.

All chandeliers have multiple bulbs and this aspect has an impact on the amount of light it throws. The structure of the chandelier and the material used are the other aspects that come into play with reference to light impact.

Choosing a feature that has the right impact for the room it is to be installed in, will help you achieve the effect you desire. Check the direction the light shines from the chandelier and whether the bulbs are enclosed or exposed etc.

It’s also a good idea to look for energy-efficient chandeliers and opt for LED bulb fittings rather than CFL. Make sure that you are able to install dimmer controls.

This will allow you to control the light impact and level of illumination in the room.

Choose Your Chandelier With Care

As you can see, there really are a number of aspects you need to focus on when buying a chandelier. Take detailed measurements of the room and assess the ceiling height. Understand what the purpose of the lighting fixture in that space is, and which style will work best there.

Ensure you understand what kind of light impact the chandelier has with reference to the room or area is to be installed in. Choose the right materials and focus on factors such as maintenance and durability as well.

If you’re not certain about any of the aspects that have been covered here, it’s best to talk to the experts. They’ll be able to guide you to match what you want with what’s available. And help you consider any sacrifices that you need to make.

If you really want a specific chandelier, maybe they can help decide on sprucing up the furniture to go with it. After all, if you’re making a decision as big as putting a big chandelier into a room, you may as well make sure it all fits.

Just like choosing any other feature for your home, a chandelier needs to be chosen with care. Avoid making these common mistakes we just discussed. It will help ensure that the chandelier you buy is aesthetically, stylistically and practically suited for your home.