An entrance foyer is both an important and underappreciated part of a house. In small homes with a barely noticeable foyer, it’s easy to see how this space might go unnoticed.
However, even the grandest look of an entryway lacks both substance and style. For most homeowners, buying a foyer chandelier for their entryway is just a once-in-a-while purchase. Although chandeliers are a significant investment, picking one isn’t something to take lightly.
A chandelier hangs in the entryway of your home as the very first thing your guests see, and as a result, it sets the tone for a whole house from the very beginning.
A stunning chandelier in your foyer can make a big impression on guests, so make it a point to make their visit memorable. Following are a few tips on buying a foyer chandelier that you can use as a guide.
Estimate How Much Illumination There Is Needed
Make sure that the power of your chandelier ranges between 200 and 400 watts to provide enough light for your entryway. In both safety and aesthetic terms, this should be sufficient.
In addition, their light bulbs should be sufficiently bright. If you are purchasing an entryway chandelier, ensure that the size is correct.
If you happen to love a particular chandelier, but the light it emits isn’t bright, go ahead and buy it regardless. An additional light fixture or brighter bulbs around the perimeter can provide this extra light.
Choose A Main Color Scheme And Style For Your Foyer
It’s important to think about your foyer’s design as well. You can choose a piece that commands attention if your foyer is decorated in an elaborate style. Perhaps you could pick a sparkling crystal chandelier for this.
A lavish chandelier might seem out of place if you have a smaller, understated foyer or entryway. As a result, it’s often safer for you to choose a smaller, less elaborate modern chandelier with a metallic finish or a picturesque chandelier that has lampshades.
The Height Of The Chandelier Above The Floor
Generally, designers recommend that hanging lighting fixtures have their bottoms no closer than 7 feet above the ground.
As a result of this design standard, if you use a hanging fixture at all in a foyer with an 8-foot-high ceiling, it will also necessarily be very small to stay at the recommended height.
Foyer fixtures should be elevated where ceilings are higher than this. A chandelier should only be elevated up to 7 feet, 6 inches above the ground in single-story foyers with ceilings 9 to 12 feet high.
A chandelier has to be placed, so the bottom is level with the second story of a two-story foyer. Consequently, the fixture may be located at least 8 feet above the ground.
Measure The Height Of Your Ceiling
Check the height of the ceiling from the floor. This factor must determine your chandelier’s height. The chandeliers in foyers with ceilings of 10 feet should be hanging about 7 feet off the floor.
A chandelier measuring less than 27 inches tall is ideal for a ceiling height less than 10 feet. Chandeliers for entryways can be 27 inches to over 40 inches tall if the ceiling height is between 11 and 16 feet.
For a foyer chandelier to properly wow your guests visually, the ceiling should be two or three stories high and have two or three tiers.
Know The Area Of Your Foyer
Take the measurements of your entryway or foyer, so you will know how large it is. Having the right dimensions allows you to pick out the perfect foyer chandelier.
A safe rule of thumb: make sure not to pick a large chandelier that might bump into your guests if you have a low ceiling; in this case, opt for a small chandelier instead.
You may also want to consider a chandelier that hangs lower in a two-story entryway to fill the foyer better.
Your Entryway Chandelier Should Be The Right Size
You can calculate the proper size of your chandelier once you have measured the foyer or entryway. To calculate the length of a foyer, you need to add its width in feet.
The sum will give you an idea of the chandelier’s diameter – in inches, not in feet (unless your foyer is quite impressive).
To calculate the size of your foyer, multiply 10 by 12. Your goal should be to get a chandelier with a diameter of 22 inches.
Depending on the total combined wattage of the bulbs, light fixtures can offer a wide range of light levels. A simple formula is used to calculate the level of illumination for any room based on its square footage in the lighting industry.
Add 1.5 to the length and width of the room. Together, these bulbs require the wattage of a ceiling fixture.
A 10-foot-square foyer would have a 100-square-foot floor area multiplied by 1.5, which was 150 watts. There can be a single bulb, or several lights installed in the fixture to achieve this wattage total.
Choosing Your Foyer Light By Style
To make shopping as easy as possible, we aim to make it as effortless as possible. Our product categories help you narrow down your search based on the general ambiance of your home. Our top favorites by style are as follows:
Modern Foyer Lights
For modern homes, we love incorporating metal accents. These chandeliers would look great in a modern room, such as Kailani, Merida, Grange, and Jax. Our products come in a variety of finishes that match those used in the rest of your home.
Industrial Foyer Lights
Our selection of unique and affordable industrial lights has become increasingly popular over the last several years.
Our top picks for chandeliers include Elm, Kylan, Balboa, and Rosalie, which feature mixed metals and unique designs. Whichever you choose, there’s no wrong choice–they’ll all amaze your guests!
French Country Fixtures
Our French country lights are a great combination of sophisticated and rustic. Chandeliers in this style with wooden accents include Colton, Bettina, Carlotta, and Geovanna.
Additional Tips For Fitting Your Light
You need to keep in mind a few more things once you find the right dimensions for your lighting fixture:
- The distance from your floor to the bottom of your light fixture should be at least seven feet.
- Place the chandelier in the middle of a window in a foyer with windows.
- When installing fixtures in a two-story foyer, ensure that their bottom is not below the second floor.
Although it should be treated better as soon as you enter your home and when guests arrive, the foyer welcomes you. Putting the right tone in your foyer will make your home feel more inviting.
Your foyer must have good lighting to create a positive first impression. There is nothing more sophisticated than a foyer chandelier but choosing the right size and hanging it at just the right height can be tricky.