Stairwell Chandeliers – What You Need to Know
Stairwell chandeliers make a great addition to any interior and can transform an often-forgotten space into something utterly luxurious.
Whether you have a small home or a larger property, a carefully chosen chandelier will provide versatile illumination to your stairwell whilst adding exactly the right touch of elegance and class.
Before you explore our online catalogue and choose the right chandelier model for your needs, there are a few factors that you should consider. Each will help guide the decision-making process and ensure your new chandelier exceeds your expectations.
1. Consider your ‘why’
Think about why you want to bring a chandelier into the space as well as what you hope to achieve before you do anything else.
Are you looking to add a touch of classical decoration to the stairwell? To add the ‘wow’ factor to your space? Or would you prefer to focus on adding an attractive lighting source to your home?
2. Find your style
As you begin to look through our extensive online catalogue of luxury chandeliers, consider the existing design scheme of your home. This will allow you to select the chandelier design that will bring out the best from your interior design scheme and space. Ask yourself questions such as:
- What is the aesthetic of your space? For example, modern? Traditional? Opulent? Industrial?
- Are there specific colours or finishes you’d like to include? Brass? Gold? Silver? Chrome? Swarovski crystals?
- Are you looking for a specific designer look such as Versace chandeliers?
- How do you want your chandelier to cast light? Spotlight? Wide light? Dimming function?
As you begin to narrow down your options, also take a moment to consider how your chandelier will look when it’s hanging in the stairwell. Don’t forget to take all angles into consideration.
3. Measure carefully
Your chandelier should be an attractive focal point to the space, not something that dominates and overwhelms your home. That’s why you should also measure your stairwell carefully and consider what the space can best afford.
Interior designers often use the following formula to work
out the ideal diameter of a chandelier in inches. Simply add the length to the
width of your room. This gives you the ideal diameter of your chandelier in
For example, if your stairwell measures 3 feet x 9 feet, you’d have a total of 12. Therefore, your ideal chandelier should be around 12 inches in diameter
Of course, you don’t have to use this formula to calculate the best size of chandelier for your space. Nor should you rely entirely on the calculation to guide your purchase. Use your common sense and personal judgement and you will find the best solution for you.
4. Check the ceiling capacity
Your ceiling should be able to bear the weight of your chandelier.
That’s why you should always check both the weight of the chandelier you’ve chosen to purchase as well as the strength of your ceiling. If you’re unsure, ask a builder or other contractor to help.
Replacing your ceiling electrical box with one meant for ceiling fans can often help as they’re designed to hold more weight.
5. Consider access
Stairwells can be especially tricky places so consider how you can access your chandelier safely and how you would clean the chandelier and replace any lightbulbs.
To help make this easier, consider using long life lightbulbs as they last longer, eco-friendly and they’ll help reduce your energy bills.
In summary, when buying a chandelier for your stairwell, consider why you want a chandelier and what design would best suit your interior. Then carefully measure the space available, including the weight bearing properties of the ceiling. This will allow you to narrow down your choices and pick the perfect stairwell chandelier for you.
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