Let’s face it, the kitchen is often the place where functionality is key. Between all of the slicing, dicing, preparing, and mixing, we all need maximum lighting to get things done.
That being said, the kitchen is the latest and greatest room where form, function, and style meet! You can still have your functionality with can lights, but add a sparkling chandelier in the mix and you’ve got a winning combination.
There are typically seven layers of lighting to take into consideration when it comes to kitchens: counter top and general lighting, under-cabinet task lighting, over-cabinet up lighting, accent cabinet lighting, some supporting sconce fixtures (mounted on walls or on cabinets), ceiling lighting and — to top it all off — a central accent fixture, usually something pretty and eye catching at the room’s focal point.
Chandeliers can often be the center of attention in a room that is much more subdued and sterile. A stunning chandelier can often soften a room where hard, solid, masculine materials are often present.
A crystal or beaded chandelier can also bring an element of sophistication to an everyday eat-in kitchen space. Don’t worry that a more elegant fixture would overwhelm a modest, utilitarian kitchen space. The chandelier will help provide optimum lighting, all while tying in a bit of modern, unexpected glamor into a room that is often referred to as many things other than glamorous!
Do keep in mind the rule of measuring for a chandelier or lighting fixture in any room. Your chandelier should be one of the focal points of your room. Finding the right size fixture is not difficult when using the simple formula provided. The answer will give you a starting point for finding just the right size light fixture.
Measure the room you would like to put the chandelier in. Add the dimensions together. The sum equals the diameter (in inches) of the lighting fixture you will need.
For Example: The dimensions of your room are 10 by 13. Add 10 + 13 which equals 23. Your chandelier should be 23″ in diameter (or 23″ wide).
You can also look at the guidelines below to determine a range for the correct size fixture.
- Room size is smaller than 10x10, use a 17″ to 20″ wide chandelier.
- Room size is 12x12, use a 22″ to 27″ wide chandelier.
- Room size is 14x14, use a 24″ to 32″ wide chandelier.
Rule of Thumb: Never use a chandelier that is too small for your room. The light fixture will be distracting to the overall look you are trying to achieve.
See a few of our favorite Chandeliers from Clayton Gray Home, which we recommend for adding that final layer of flair in your kitchen! See more by visiting our website.