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How To Choose A Chandelier For Large Public Spaces

Chandeliers, as well as the obvious point of being a source of light, are designed to grab attention and become conversation pieces, which is why it important to choose something that fits the environment and architecture of a space.

Choosing a chandelier for large, public spaces can be a challenge. This is because factors such as the décor, size and purpose of the public space, the nature of traffic and other such factors need to be taken into consideration. Here are some tips on how to find the best chandeliers for large spaces:

1. Take The Shape Of The Room Into Account

Many people focus on the size of the room, but it is equally important to keep the shape of the room in view. For example, you will need a certain type of chandelier for a large and circular building foyer.  On the other hand, for a narrow and long hotel lobby, you’d need multiple, smaller chandeliers.

An expansive square room might only require one large chandelier in the centre to create drama and a sense of grandeur. Adding multiple lighting fixtures in this kind of room would be less impactful and will create a cluttered environment. Taking the shape and size of the room into account while choosing a chandelier helps create a well-balanced look.

2. The Height Of The Ceiling

beautiful-Chandelier-in-mosqueThere need to be at least seven to eight feet between the floor and the bottom tip of the chandelier to ensure the fixture is well out of reach and no one gets hurt. You would also need to take into account how much the chandelier needs to drop down to be impactful.

If you have a high ceiling or even a dome-shaped ceiling, it is a good idea to drop the chandelier down several feet to ensure it is visible. If the fixture is flush against the ceiling, it won’t be noticeable or impactful. The height of the chandelier also depends on the size of the room. If you have a tall ceiling but a compact floor space, hang the fixture closer to the ceiling to create an illusion of space.

 3. Consider The Layout

Most people instinctively try to place a chandelier at the centre of a room so it becomes the focal point. However, that might not always be the right choice. For example, if there are a small reading area and lounge in the corner of your hotel’s breakfast bar, you might want to place a chandelier there to draw attention to these zones.

The centre of a room need not always be its focal point. For instance, if you have a piano in your bar, placing a small chandelier above it will highlight the piece and add character to the area. This is especially true if there are more than one point of interest in the room.

4. Use Multiple Chandeliers

Sometimes a single chandelier will not balance out a room well. If the area is open and expansive, installing multiple chandeliers could help enhance the appeal of various features in that space. But as mentioned earlier, too many light fixtures can make the space look cluttered. You would need to choose the location of the lighting fixtures with care to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Multiple-chandeliers-in-churchThere are several ways to including multiple chandeliers successfully in a room. One approach is to place a large chandelier in the middle and surround it with smaller ones at different points. This type of placement depends on the decor of the space and the effect you want to create.

For example, you can create an axis and add a chandelier in all four directions of the central piece, which will give the area some symmetry and order. You can place a ring of smaller chandeliers around the main fixture, which will also help create a balanced look in the space.

Similarly, in public spaces that are not single rooms, you will need to use multiple chandeliers in the different rooms to ensure a consistent feel. Consider an expansive shopping mall, with many corridors of shops lining each side of the corridor.

There are likely to be areas where the corridors open out into much larger areas, such as a food court. Should you only have a chandelier in some of the open areas, and not all, it will give an unbalanced feeling to the mall as a whole.

5. Keep Size In Mind

When you decide to install a chandelier in any space, you want it to stand apart from the other lighting fixtures and decorative elements in that space. The best way to achieve the right effect, is to choose a chandelier of the right size.

Measure the floor space and consider aspects such as the furniture, pillars, stairs, etc. carefully. The idea is to strike a balance between the floor and the ceiling. If the chandelier is too big, it will overwhelm the room; too small, and it won’t be noticed.

The best way to decide which size is best is to add the dimensions of the area in feet. You can then convert that number to inches. For example, if the area is 20 ft x 20 ft., you might need a chandelier that is approximately 40 inches in diameter. This will give you a better idea of how big the chandelier should be.

6. Number of Tiers

Many people don’t take chandelier tiers or height into account when they shop for the fixture. Tall chandeliers are just as striking as wide ones and they’re ideal for smaller spaces with high ceilings. They can be several feet in length with 5 or more tiers.

Tiered chandeliers are also generally wider than tall fixtures that descend from the ceiling like a column or pillar. They are more ornate and best suited for large hotel ballrooms, stages, and other such areas. Pillar-like chandeliers are ideal for grand stairwells, foyers, and expansive lobbies. They don’t have a large footprint but are impressive enough to attract attention.

7. Theme And Style

Large public spaces don’t always need a grand and classical crystal chandelier. For example, if your establishment has an urban and contemporary décor style, an ornate chandelier won’t work. However, an interesting sputnik or globe chandelier will fit right into the theme.

Consider the style and architecture carefully before choosing the right fixture for your building. Maintaining coherency in design is important to create a seamless look in the space.

Chandeliers are very eye-catching, which means they have a big impact on visitors. If you don’t make the right choice, it can impact their perception of your establishment.