Living Room & Foyer Chandeliers Guide
Published By: Shades Of Light
Date Published: January 28, 2021
Last Updated: April 15, 2021
Choosing a Beautiful Living Room or Foyer Chandelier
Transverse Waves Chandelier in a calm neutral living room
Your home is your haven, but while your lighting should be comfortable and suited to your living arrangements, there is no reason you can’t wow guests with statement-making pieces that define your style. The living room, foyer, and entryway are fabulous rooms to flex your design skills and hang striking chandelier fixtures that will give your home an unforgettable edge.
How to Choose a Chandelier for a Living Room
Find a Chandelier Style that You Want to Show Off
8-light Urban Globe Radial Chandelier for an industrial chic living room
Find the Right Size Chandelier for Your Living Space
Gold Leaf and Crystal Mini Chandelier for a glamorous small living room
Consider Your Living Room Chandelier Height Requirements
The bottom of the Gallant Garyantes Chandelier hangs 7 feet from the ground.
The height of your chandelier will depend on a few different factors that work in tandem to create a comfortable, safe, and stylish room. The most important rule to remember is to always mount your hanging fixtures high enough that they do not create a hazard for people passing beneath them. Generally speaking, this means the bottom of your chandelier should never be hung lower than seven feet from the ground—the one exception is if you choose to hang your chandelier over a tabletop, in which case the bottom of the chandelier should fall around 30-36” from the table surface. Following this guideline, if you have standard eight- or nine-foot ceilings, the bottom of your chandelier should fall roughly 84” from the floor. For tall ceilings, add three inches to this number for every extra foot of ceiling height past nine feet. (This calculation can require a few steps! For example, 12’ ceilings are 3’ higher than 9’ ceilings, and so would add an extra 9” of height—3” for every extra foot—to our initial 7’ measurement, for a total of 93” between the floor and the bottom of the chandelier.)
Determine the Level of Light You Need in Your Living Room
Linear Sprawl Chandelier – A modern fixture with decorative value
Modern Balance Beam Chandelier – A minimalist fixture with energy-efficient lumen output
How to Choose a Chandelier for a Foyer
Rattan Tulum Chandelier in a natural neutral foyer
The entryway of your home is another ideal area to mount a stunning chandelier. Foyers set the design tone for your living space and are perfect for wowing guests with your personal brand of creativity! And in some homes, foyer chandeliers will up the curb appeal since these gorgeous fixtures can be seen through windows. As you consider foyer lighting ideas that appeal to you, take a close look at chandeliers that provide much-needed illumination and glitz and glamor. It’s important that this area of the home is well lit. However, since the primary purpose of that lighting is to keep walkways safe and functional, you should face fewer demands for directed task lighting and should instead search for fixtures that shed diffuse ambient lighting.
How Do I Choose a Foyer Chandelier?
Jute Veil Chandelier for a rustic or bohemian foyer
Harrington Lantern Chandelier for an elegant traditional foyer
What Size Foyer Chandelier Should I Buy?
Luxe Patina Metal Drum Shade Pendant with adjustable hanging height
Once you know what style chandelier to search for, determine the best size and shape for your room. Foyer chandeliers are sized the same way we size living room chandeliers—in other words, add the length and width of the room together and the sum in feet is the diameter of your fixture in inches. If you are torn between two differently sized fixtures for your room, err on the side of the larger fixture. Chandeliers are meant to bring drama to a space and a chandelier that is a touch too large will be more visually pleasing than a chandelier that is a touch too small.
The height of foyer chandeliers is determined the same way we determine height for living room chandeliers, but be aware of the function of this room as you hang your fixture. If there is any chance that hanging your fixture at 7’ will interfere with the walkway, don’t be afraid to hang the fixture higher to avoid any accidents. If you are seeking foyer lighting for low ceilings, consider a convertible or flush mount chandelier that can be mounted directly to the ceiling. These fixtures have all the spectacle of a traditional chandelier but fit more easily in low spaces.
How to Select Two-Story Foyer Chandeliers
24-light Minimalist Iron Ring 2-tier Chandelier – Max height 161 inches
Prism Faceted Glass Layered Large Chandelier – Max height 92 inches