Foyer Crystal Chandelier Hacks

Is a foyer crystal chandelier the same as a dining room chandelier? How high should an entryway chandelier hang? What is a foyer ceiling light?  Is there a rule of thumb for how large the crystal chandelier should be? Can a large crystal foyer chandelier go in a great room? What type of light fixture works well in a two story foyer? These are just a few questions we are asked when it comes to foyer lighting. This article is a follow-up to our Foyer Chandelier Ideas & More blog.

Foyer crystal chandelier Silhouette 3 silver drum shades two story crystal beaded ceiling light

Foyer crystal chandelier Silhouette 3 silver shade two story crystal beaded ceiling light

Can I Use a Dining Room Chandelier in the Entry?

Regardless of the size a chandelier by its very nature a chandelier is a hanging light fixture. That being said a foyer chandelier may also be a large flush mounted foyer ceiling light. Generally speaking a foyer chandelier is larger and grander than a dining room fixture.  The foyer light sets the tone of the house.

The rule of thumb when choosing a large light fixture or any light for that matter is outlined in our blog How to Size a Chandelier.  The formula is the same regardless of the space. To refresh you add together the room width and length and convert to inches. For example a foyer that is 9’ x 10’ would use a fixture that is generally 19” wide. The room height plays into the equation as well..

Foyer Lighting for High Ceilings

For example a space with 10’ ceilings the crystal foyer chandelier should hang about 7.5’ off the floor. A lower ceiling with a height less than 10’ for instance would install a smaller chandelier about 27” tall.

Many interior designers have a formula whereby the hanging chandelier would have a height of 2”- 3” for each foot of ceiling height. An example is with a 10-foot high entryway ceiling the overall chandelier length would be 20” to 30” inches in height.

When it comes to large, two story foyers there are a few things to keep in mine.  First of all the chandelier should hang at least 5 feet down from the ceiling. If there is a window, the light fixture should be centered in the middle of any large picture window. Furthermore, the dramatic crystal foyer chandelier is a focal point and should be visible from the street.

Read our article The Ultimate Crystal Chandelier Guide to learn more about the right chandelier for you.

Foyer ceiling lights customized Divine Ice long stand two story foyer light

Foyer ceiling lights customized Divine Ice long stand two story foyer light

Can I Use a Foyer Chandelier in my Great Room?

The answer is yes. A great room is ideal for a high ceiling chandelier. The ceiling design such as vaulted, sloped flat or cathedral determines the type of light fixture. For instance a flat ceiling is perfect for installing a long flush mounted ceiling light as well as a chain or rod hung chandelier. If the room is very large hanging multiple ceiling lights is a great option. Keep in mind that visually, shaded chandeliers help to fill up a space and add drama and texture.

For slope or vaulted ceilings, a chain hung chandelier is the answer. The chain allows the fixture to go with the slope.  In addition, customizing a crystal chandelier is a great way to to create a large chandelier to suit your space.  Our Custom department works with you to make changes in order to  lengthen crystal, shell or beaded strands. 

Foyer lighting for high ceilings large Island Paradise white capiz shell drum on vaulted ceiling

Foyer lighting for high ceilings large Island Paradise capiz shell drum chandeliers

To Sum Up

Be it a foyer or great room a high ceiling chandelier or ceiling light makes a statement.  We hope our hacks help you select the perfect large crystal chandelier for your space.

High ceiling chandelier customized silhouette beaded chandelier with 2 black shades Regina Sturrock

High ceiling chandelier customized silhouette beaded chandelier with 2 black shades Regina Sturrock

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