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This is a question I get asked a lot, “how do you know what the right size chandelier is for a dinging table?”

Source: West Elm

Source: West Elm

Well there are several ways to determine this and every designer has their own answer, so here is mine!

The Basics:

1. The chandelier should be about half the width/diameter of the dining table.  For example, if your table is 48″ round, the chandelier should be 24″diam.

2. The size of the room is also a factor:

  • If the room is around 10′ x 10′ the fixture should be 17″ to 20″ wide
  • If the room is around 12′ x 12′ the fixture should be 22″ to 27″ wide
  • If the room is around 14′ x 14′ the fixture should be 24″ to 32″ wide

3. The chandelier should be mounted around 30″ above the table’s surface so no heads get bumped.

4. I also recommend that the total wattage of all the bulbs to be between 200 watts and 400 watts to provide sufficient lighting, don’t you want to see the food you are eating?

*And don’t forget that the style and visual weight of the chandelier should also be considered too!  If the chandelier is “heavy”, you can go a little smaller in size.

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Source: flickr.com

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Source: Restoration Hardware

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Source: HGTV

The one above is mounted a little too high for me.

I hope this helps!

If you need help designing your own dining room, contact me!

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Not too long ago I had a client, Kelly, come to me who had recently moved from a large suburban home inVirginia into a smaller single family home in DC.   Size wise, this was a pretty big downgrade for Kelly as she lost her formal living room but wanted to keep a dining room to entertain in.

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When I first met Kelly and saw her home, the “Dining Room” was filled with living room furniture (that would eventually all make it down to her cottage home).

Before

Before

Her goal was to transform the room back into a Dining Room where her family could eat dinner every night, but also a room to entertain guests on special occasions and holidays.  Basically, this space needed to be formal, comfortable, yet functional! 

By using fabrics with great graphic detail and rich color around the table, we were able to keep the room feeling fresh and comfortable.  I love how the simple hound’s tooth print on the side chairs lets the floral on the Martha Washington arm chairs pop! The only element that we kept the same in the room were the woven shades she had installed right before our meeting- they look great with the light striped fabric we selected for the custom window treatments.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

We also had to cover the awful radiator under the front window.  Most older DC homes still have radiators and this one completely detracted from the elegance of the design.  The radiator cover we had built was completely custom and looks original to the home!  It turned out perfect. 

The finishing touch was to hang a chandelier over the table which definitely turned this room into a Dining Room.  And with some fun accessories that pull from the colors in the chair fabrics, this room feels like home.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

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