What we at Coomer & Co. go by when figuring out sizing of lights for a particular space: (keep in mind there are instances when we have to break the rules a little bit )
- For a room without a table ( living room, foyer etc) you take the length and width of the room in feet and add them together and whatever the sum is, that in inches is approx correct diameter of what light should be. (Example: a 12’x10′ bedroom should have approx a 22″ light fixture.) As for height I try to keep as close to 7′ of space between the floor and the bottom of the chandelier as possible. In a living room the height of the fixture can be played with depending on style and/or if it is over a coffee table.
- For a space over a table (dining room/breakfast area) you want the fixture to hang approx 30-36 inches above the table. For taller ceilings (9’+) we typically add approx 3″ per foot to the fixture’s height, and then of course we just eyeball what looks best. Then whatever the width or diameter of the table is you just subtract 12″. So if a table is 48″ wide = 36″ wide chandelier… Give or take a few 😉
- For bathroom lighting sconces usually approx 60″-65″ from the floor (depending on client)
- For over vanity lights it’s not as cut and dry on figuring out. We try and stay with a light that is over half of the length of the vanity but not as long as the vanity. So if the vanity is 48″ long I’d want a light at least 24″ wide, but obviously less than 48″ long. For somewhere like a double vanity where I might have 2 separate mirrors, I just do the same type of figuring treating it like 2 separate vanities.
This is just a rule of thumb we at Coomer & Co. use and sometimes even we run into jobs and situations where we might have to tweak things a bit. 🙂 So remember just use your best judgment and trust your gut.
Stay tuned for our next blog about NEW 2017 lighting trends!