The dining room chandelier is a design conundrum that has been around for as long as we can remember. There are many aspects that go into making this design choice. The official standing, and what you’ll most likely read in the textbooks, is to hang the chandelier 30-34 inches above the dining room table if you have an 8 foot ceiling. If you have a higher ceiling you add 3 inches for every foot above 8 feet. For example, if you have 10 foot ceiling you would hang the chandelier 36-50 inches above the table. That’s just the start.
On top of the hanging height, you need to take into consideration the width. The general rule is to make sure your chandelier is 12 inches narrower than the with of your table. So purchase a wide table because we don’t want anyone hitting their heads on it now, do we? That’s not too bad, but wait! It’s then suggested that the chandelier be 48 inches from each wall in the dining room and should be centered on the table. We can manage that right? Right!
Now that we have the technically side down, it’s time to actually pick your chandelier which means more choices and options as well as design aspects to factor in. Starting to see where this is going? Exactly, no thanks! Sometimes you have to toss the rules out the window and go for it. A chandelier doesn’t need to be that complicated. Find what you like, make sure it fits in the room (literally and aesthetically) and then eye it. Size it up with your eyes and pick the height that you like the most as well as looks right to you. This is your space, you don’t need other people telling you how to design it.
Looking for a chandelier or looking to upgrade yours? Check out the chandeliers that Tuvalu Home offers online here!
Vern Yip was in Laguna Beach to talk about design and show his new fabric line for Trend Fabricut at the Laguna Design Center! Many of you probably recognize him as one of the amazing judges on HGTV’s Design Star, his show Urban Oasis or that he’s been active in the design world forever. He was nice enough to come in and visit our store! We loved that we got to chat with him, talk shop and snap a photo! It was nice meeting you Vern and thanks for stopping by!
Designing in a small space is a fun and challenging task. It makes you really flex your design skills as well as try things you normally wouldn’t. Most importantly, it forces you to get creative! Space dictates what you can and cannot do in your home. You aren’t going to try and fit a piece that is too big for the space into it. It won’t fit properly, it will look awkward and you’ll regret the wasted money spent trying to make it work. You have to adjust your design accordingly.
When it comes to small spaces there are three tips we always like to consider: be creative with your space, get vertical and involve your walls. When decorating and designing a small space it’s never a bad idea to keep these three tips in mind. Let’s look into them more!
Be Creative With Your Space
To get the most out of a small room you need to be willing to get creative. You have to try things in new ways. It really forces your creativity to come out which makes designing so fun! You can look to design in spaces that aren’t typically used or often looked over. Try utilizing the space under the stairs or creating hidden storage spots in places throughout the home. You’d be surprised how much more you can get out of a space with just a little creative thinking.
This is a great concept in a small space. Going up and designing vertically is a great way to make the space look bigger. If you’re trying to design outward you’ll end up running out of room – fast. That’s why you should think up. Try floor to ceiling shelves or going higher on the walls with your decor. Maximize the look of your window displays by pushing your curtains as high up on the wall as they will go. It will make the space appear larger and longer giving it a bigger feel. So go up and not out!
Involve Your Walls
Those walls are meant for much more than just holding up your home. This is especially true in a small space. There’s no excuse not to use your walls for extra decor, shelf space or even paneling. Walls can be covered with art and fun accessories to fill the spaces you wouldn’t normally use. Try not to smother the walls though, it’s an easy way to make the room feel cramped and like it’s closing in on you. Plan for your walls to be covered, but not smothered.
There’s plenty you can do with the space you are given. Part of the creative process is knowing how to design and decorate in the space you have. Whether it be large, small, new or old, you can have fun and create amazing designs!