Can You Have Too Many Chandeliers?

Chandeliers are beautiful pieces of art that bring elegance to any space.

They usually consist of a crystal or glass dome that hangs from a metal framework. Some even feature crystals that hang down below the main piece.

If you want to add some sparkle to your home decor, then you should definitely consider buying a chandelier.

Can You Have Too Many Chandeliers?

They look great in almost every room, and they also come in various styles and sizes.

Chandeliers are very versatile; however, you need to use a keen decorator’s eye when using chandeliers in your house to make sure they stay looking tasteful and elegant.

Like any type of decoration, chandeliers need to be used in moderation and with good placement to accentuate your home’s beauty and add a warm glow to a room, without looking tacky or crowding your ceilings.

So can you have too many chandeliers? And if so, how many is too many?

If you’re thinking of getting some chandeliers for your home but aren’t sure how to go about it, then you’re in luck.

In this guide, I’ll take you through how many chandeliers are enough, and the best ways to use them.

I’ve also made a list of some Dos and Don’ts when it comes to chandeliers to help you decorate your house in the best possible way.

So let’s get started, shall we?

How Many Chandeliers Is Too Many?

When you think of adding chandeliers to your home, you may wonder whether you can really have too many.

After all, they’re expensive and look great, so surely more is better?

Well, there are actually certain things to keep in mind before you start collecting chandeliers.

For example, if you live in an apartment or a smaller house, you might find that you don’t have much space to put them up.

Also, if you plan on hanging several in one room, then you’ll end up with a crowded and claustrophobic-feeling room.

Another thing to remember is that chandeliers are not just decorative items. They’re meant to lighten up rooms, making them feel brighter and warmer.

Using too many chandeliers will leave a room uncomfortably bright and garish (as well as driving your electrical bill through the roof!).

You also need to match your chandeliers with the style and size of your home.

While a large, grandiose chandelier is right at home in a tall foyer, it would look out of place and tacky in a small apartment.

As mentioned earlier, chandeliers come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, which means that you can find a chandelier to suit practically any home.

A lot of what ‘too many chandeliers’ means will come down to your personal tastes, but there are some general rules you should follow to make sure you can get the most of your space.

In general, you should only have one chandelier per room (although you might get away with two in larger rooms) to avoid overcrowding your ceilings. Not every room should have a chandelier either, and you’ll have to pick and choose which parts of your home that you want to put a chandelier in.

If you have more than one chandelier in a room (for instance a large dining hall or foyer), then these chandeliers should match each other to maintain a consistent aesthetic.

Chandeliers: Dos And Don’ts

I know this is all a lot to take in, and it can be hard to know where to even start when it comes to installing chandeliers in your home.

That’s why I’ve gathered some Dos and Don’ts to help you out.

Here you can see some of the best ways to use a chandelier, as well as some things to avoid.



Match The Style Of The Chandelier To The Room

Keeping the aesthetic of your house consistent is key to good interior design, and matching your chandelier to the room it’s in will make sure it fits in naturally and looks its best.

Color, size, and design all come into play here; the size of your chandelier should scale with the room (with smaller rooms needing a smaller chandelier and vice versa), and its appearance needs to match its surroundings too.

An ornate chandelier works best in a more lavish room, while minimalist spaces need a more subtle and subdued chandelier to match.

Use The Chandelier To Light Your Space

Chandeliers aren’t just for decoration, and their main function is as a light source.

Use your chandeliers to light up an otherwise gloomy space like a foyer or a large dining room.

Chandelier bulbs come in various levels of brightness and warmth, so choose the type of bulb that works best for your chandelier’s surroundings.

Finding the right balance is important – if your bulbs are too bright, you have multiple chandeliers in a room, or you’re using a chandelier in tandem with other lights, then you’re risking making the room over-bright and garish.

Similarly, relying on a single dim chandelier to illuminate a large room will leave it too dark.

Aim For Symmetry

Placement is important, and keeping your chandeliers symmetrical will make them look right at home as well as accentuate their beauty.

If you have a single chandelier, the direct center will work best; meanwhile, if a room has two chandeliers, then you should try to space them out as evenly and as symmetrically as possible.

This is easier in rectangular rooms and is part of the reason why you should pick and choose which rooms to install a chandelier in.


Put A Chandelier In Every Room

As mentioned before, moderation is crucial when it comes to adding chandeliers to your home.

While there are some circumstances where it’s okay to put multiple chandeliers in a single room, it shouldn’t be the case that every room has a chandelier.

This doesn’t just apply when a room is too small; picking and choosing which rooms will have a chandelier is important and will stop your home from feeling crowded or tacky.

Choose a few of the larger rooms to have a chandelier, and avoid having them crowded in one area of the house to help them fit in more naturally.

Mix Different Styles Of Chandelier

If you’re putting more than one chandelier in a room, then you need to keep them consistent.

Mixing and matching different sizes and designs will be jarring and will lack the symmetry you need.

If you want two chandeliers in a room but can’t fit two of the same ones, you should reconsider which style of chandelier you want or avoid putting one in there entirely.

Final Thoughts

As long as you use them correctly, chandeliers are an elegant and glamorous way to light up (and spice up) your home.

However, it’s important to know what you’re doing when it comes to chandeliers to prevent them from seeming tacky or tasteless.

By using the tips in this guide, you’ll have a much easier time deciding how many chandeliers you want, where you want them to go, and the types of designs you’re looking for.

While you might be able to have too many chandeliers, at the end of the day your house is yours to do what you want with.

The advice in this guide will help you sort out getting your chandeliers, but at the end of the day, the final say is down to you!

Erica Bopst