When you need to make an impressive statement above your kitchen island, there’s nothing quite like a chandelier. But it’s important to be careful with the height, size and placement of your light fixture. Otherwise, you’ll risk having people bang their heads on the ceilings or making your space look off-balance. Luckily, it’s not hard to find the perfect chandelier for your space, if you know what to look for.
Start by turning off the power to your chandelier at the electrical panel. Then, use a pair of pliers to shorten the chain to the length you need for your space. Next, assemble the lighting fixture according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It’s a good idea to put the canopy (the cone-shaped cover that will hide the wires in your ceiling) on last, after you’ve screwed it together. Before you climb up on a ladder to begin fiddling with wires, it’s also helpful to remove any other lights from the fixture.
Then, measure the height of your ceilings to determine how high you’ll want your new fixture to be. A good rule of thumb is that the bottom of your chandelier should be about 30 to 34 inches above your kitchen island. If you have higher ceilings, then you can mount your fixture about three inches higher per foot.
If your space is long, you’ll probably need a chandelier that’s about one-third to two-thirds the length of your kitchen island. If the proportions are off, then your new light will feel out of place, regardless of how stunning it is.
You can hang multiple chandeliers in a row above your island, or choose one long linear or island chandelier for the space. The choice is mostly up to personal preference and the amount of natural light you need for your space. Just remember that if you hang multiple pendants or chandeliers, they should be at least 12 inches apart to avoid visual density and ensure that no light is missing from your space.
You should also consider how the location of your chandelier will impact the view of seating or other elements in your room. Aim to keep the bottom of your lighting fixture within 6 feet of the edges of your island to prevent visual clutter and prevent people from banging their heads on the ceilings. Finally, it’s also a good idea to clear any barriers that may interfere with your lighting, including doors, furniture openings and windows. Once you’ve got your chandelier in the right spot, you’re ready to enjoy all of the benefits it has to offer. For example, a kitchen island chandelier will provide plenty of ambient light for prepping meals or gathering with family and friends. It’s also a great way to add a touch of elegance to your space without requiring too much maintenance.