Determine the perfect size
To start, you'll want the fixture to fill an appropriate portion of the room. First compare the size of the room to the diameter of the light fixture. If youre hanging a light above a dining table, consider the length and width of the table as well. If you're not sure, it's better to have a fixture that's slightly too big rather than too small.
Determine the right length
Think about the height of the room and how far down the fixture will hang. In this step, it's also important to think about the activity in the room. Will people be walking under the light? Will there be a table set under the fixture? These factors will help you determine the length of the fixture you need for the space. Tip: If you're haning the fixture above a dining table, leave about 30 inches between the bottom of the light and the top of the table. This will allow everyone to see each other and give you space for some beautful centerpieces.
Location, location, location
When you're seaching for the perfect light fixture, you need to know the space you're shopping for. Just as it's important in a house hunt, location can have a huge impact on this hunt. Typically, more dramatic chandeliers are hung above dining tables, but you don't need to follow that rule. Think about adding a chanedlier to your bathroom to add a little luxury to your morning routine.
Match the style to the room
Once you've determined the space you're shopping for, try to find something that will fit in with the room's style. If your searching for a fixture for a modern office, think about a geometric metal pendant light. If your room has a rustic look to it, search for something with natural tones. Also think about how you want the atmosphere in the room to be. Will you want a dimmer?
Install and adjust
Once you have the perfect light fixture installed, step back and take a look. Stepping backc will give you a good view and help you determine if the length has to be adjusted. If there will be walking traffic under the fixture, have the tallest member of your family test it out.