- May 19, 2016
In general for 8- to 9-foot ceilings, the bottom of your chandelier should be between 30 and 33 inches above the tabletop.
Chandeliers for other rooms should be placed higher than 8 feet above the floor in the middle of the room or foyer for safety and style.
Sconces: These should be hung so that the light source is at or just above eye level. You don't want to be able to look down into a sconce and see its inner mechanism. In a room with very tall ceilings, it is appropriate to place them a little higher.
Also consider traffic in the room. Don't allow a sconce to extend so far from the wall that people risk knocking into it when walking by. To avoid seeing a tangle of unattractive electrical cords, have an electrician install the wiring into the wall.
* Size: When selecting a dining room chandelier, scale is important. You don't want the fixture to dominate a table or look too dinky. Take width and length measurements (or the diameter for a round table) with you when shopping. Subtract 12 inches from your table's width (or diameter), and the result is an appropriately sized fixture.
A small sconce will look lost on a long wall, so choose a complementary shape and size for the best display. For example, if your walls are tall, choose a long, vertical sconce.