Calculate the correct size of the chandelier using this formula as a guide. If a room measures 10 by 12 feet, add 10 plus 12. The answer is 22; therefore, 22 inches should be the approximate diameter of the chandelier.
Measure the height of the room to determine the height of the chandelier. A common rule is 2 ½ to 3 inches for every foot of height for a room. An 8-foot room should thus have a fixture that is 20 to 24 inches in height.
Measure the width of the dining room table before selecting a size for the dining room. The fixture should be half the width of the table.
Consider the "visual weight" of the fixture. Some chandeliers will appear larger or smaller, depending upon the style. If the visual weight makes it appear light, then the diameter of the fixture can be slightly larger than the calculated size. If the visual weight appears heavy, choose a smaller-diameter fixture.
- Select the type of chandelier that will complement the room. Some chandeliers are modest, while others are adorned with crystals and beads. Stay with the style of chandelier that suits the decor.