Decorating with Rustic Chandeliers

Adding rustic chandeliers to your house is a great way to spruce it up and can provide a great vocal point for any room. These chandeliers help bring nature indoors and are designed to make your house feel like a cabin or lodge.

Choosing the Materials

Rustic chandeliers can come in a range of different materials so you should be mindful when choosing the materials and decide on ones that are going to accent the room beautifully. Some materials, like brass or copper, help create a countryside feel. Faux or real antlers are a popular choice for this type of chandelier and create an eye-catching piece in the room to tie it together. If you choose this type of chandelier as the focal point in your room you will want to have other décor in the room be more subdued so the chandelier really stands out and complements the space.

Choose the Right Size

Make sure you think about the size of the room when choosing your rustic chandeliers. A chandelier looks great in a large room, like a living room or dining room, but a smaller sized one can add the right amount of flair to a bedroom.  A more ornate chandelier like the antler ones look great with vaulted ceilings. Busy and complex designs tend to look bigger so keep that in mind when choosing as well.

Where to Place the Chandelier

If you have an 8-foot ceiling it’s standard to have the bottom of the light fixture hang between 30-36 inches above the table. However, if you have higher vaulted ceilings then add three more inches above the table for each additional foot of ceiling. In the case of vaulted ceilings you want to make sure that the chandelier can still be used for light and is hung closer to the people who will be in the room and thus need the light to see. In a dining room with a long table, try choosing two chandeliers to provide the best light.

Many find that a chandelier is not enough to light an entire room and rely on other light sources as well for a good mix of light. Lighting can change the mood and for more ambient lighting you will want to change the position of the chandelier. In this case the standard is 7 feet for ambient lighting but this may still need to be adjusted depending on the size of the chandelier as well as the ceiling height and how tall the people in the room are.

If you want to place a chandelier in your bathroom, there are certain building codes that you should be aware of. The National Electric Code says the chandelier needs to have eight feet between the lower point of the light fixture, including any dangling elements, and the highest point of the bathtub’s walls.