How do I Choose the Best Mini Chandelier?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In order to choose the best mini chandelier, it is important to consider the size and aesthetic of the room where it will be installed. While traditional chandeliers are quite grand in scale, size and visual effect are limited when it comes to small and miniature chandeliers. Be sure to consider the approximate amount of space that the chandelier should take up before making a purchase. Failing to do so may result in the installation of a chandelier that seems outsized for the room. Also be sure to consider the color palate of the room and the overall aesthetic of the space.

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Woman with hand on her hip

A mini chandelier can either blend in with the color palate of a room or it can be a focal point of contrasting color. If the room is already somewhat busy in terms of colors or patterns, then it is best to choose a mini chandelier that blends in or is neutral in color. For example, a small bathroom that has been decorated in a bold black-and-white color scheme might be well matched with a mini chandelier that is made up of mostly clear, white, or opalescent components. A room that is somewhat stark in terms of its color palate might be nicely accented with a mini chandelier that offers a pop of color. For example, a small dining room that is decorated in natural tones might look lovely with a cobalt blue light fixture.

Another important consideration is whether a mini chandelier ought to fit in with a certain design aesthetic or design period. A house that is furnished primarily with antiques or replicas from the Victorian era should also be outfitted with light fixtures that echo that era. The same would be true for a house decorated with an art deco aesthetic or a mod aesthetic. As lighting stores often have dozens of chandeliers for sale, it is usually possible to find newly fabricated mini chandeliers that reflect the aesthetic sensibilities of popular design eras.

When choosing a mini chandelier, also be sure to consider the height of the ceiling. Low ceilings will require chandeliers that are rather shallow, whereas high ceilings can accommodate long chandeliers. This measurement will also define the possible range of lengths for chains or cords that connect the mini chandelier to the ceiling. In many cases, this length can be adjusted, but it is best to have the figure on hand while shopping.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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Here is another suggestion. Check and see what kind of bulbs the chandelier you want will use. Are they long lasting fluorescent or LED bulbs? Are the bulbs used common and inexpensive or are they hard to find and cost a lot of cash?

I only mention these things because a lot of people don't think about the lights when looking at fixtures. Those bulbs can run into some money.

Oh, and check on energy efficiency, too. You don't want something that's going to cost a lot of money to use, right?


It is also a very good idea to inspect your terminal boxes and make sure they will hold up under the weight of the mini chandelier. The terminal box, of course, is that outlet in which the light fixture is installed. If you have one built for lighter duty fixtures, a comparatively heavy chandelier could put too much strain on the box. The result would be a fallen chandelier and all kinds of damage.

If you have a light duty terminal box, don't worry. Supports can be installed that will hold the chandelier.

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