Plus a pin-able size guide!
Hanging lights can be more challenging than it looks, and we get a lot of questions about how to do it right, so today, we're sharing our go-to guide!
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Whether it's pendants over your countertop or a chandelier over your dining table, it's important to get the spacing and sizing right so that the room feels balanced.
Here are some tips and examples for hanging lights:
For a pin-able size guide to keep in your back pocket, scroll to the bottom of this post!
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This post has been updated from its original version.
Very lovely guide. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Jamille 🙂
Island pendant lights, is that measurement from center to center of fixture?
Hi Paula, all measurements are from the bottom or side of the fixture. Thanks!
Thanks for sharing! Very informative post!
Thanks for the support, Michelle! 😘
Love this! Question…would you mind sharing what program you use to create your CADS?
I was going to ask the same thing.. What program do you work with for drafting and rendering?
I wanted to know if the distance from the island counter to bottom of fixture varies with ceiling height?
Great info for sellers looking to spruce up their home prior to listing!
Great info! The question I have involves a bar not an island. I want to hang two pendants over a 90" bar. Each pendant is 12" wide. I have 10′ ceilings in this room.
If you used a giant pendant, would this require larger spacing?I’m looking at getting a 40" pendant for a 10′ 2" island and I’m not sure about whether I can use 1 or two. 1 seems not enough but 2 I worry the spacing would be too tight given the large scale.
I live in an old farmhouse with 7′ ceilings. What do you recommend for heights for hanging lights over an island or dining table? We otherwise just use recessed, sconces, or flush mounts in other parts of the house.
Hi! Do you have a blog post on under cabinet lighting options? We just renovated our kitchen and have Michelangela Calacutta marble, but a lot of the under cabinets lights seem too warm. Any suggestions? Thank you!
Great tips!Do you have a favorite light bulb type? Especially for recessed cans?
What spacing do you recommend for two pendants if your kitchen island is only 5 feet long? Thanks
If I wanted to group three of the Moravian star pendants above a rectangular dining room table what would you recommend the best placement?
Can you also tell us how high to hang sconces in a hallway?
Hi! our island table is under uneven ceiling because its a high ceiling( triangle shape high ceiling) …any suggestion how to put a chandelier over our island?
Wow! Very helpful! Thanks.
Ahh! Looks like this WAS a great article and Im sad its no longer accessible!?!?!?!
Thank you for this very helpful guide!!
Thank you for reading, Rachel!
Hi! Thank you for this useful guide but is there another post or could you expand on mixing and matching light fixtures especially in an open concept kitchen? I live in a small townhouse in washington dc and I have 3 pendant lights over the kitchen island. I’m having such a hard time picking a fixture over the breakfast nook/dining area (a tight space) that complements the island pendants.
Hi Sadaf! That’s a great idea, we will put that on our list. 🙂 In the meantime, here is another recent post about lighting that may help! https://www.studio-mcgee.com/studioblog/7-tips-for-home-lighting
Thanks for the great post! Any recommendations on lighting for a slanted vaulted ceiling? Thanks!
I was searching for your original post yesterday! Our living room is a vaulted ceiling but the center of the vault is not centered in the room. Would you still center the chandelier in the room or on the beam of the vaulted ceiling? In the photo with the round bulb pendants, there doesn’t seem to be 4’ between wall and hallway pendant- is it okay to be closer in a 5’ wide hallway or would you opt for a different style of lighting? Cannot wait for your Netflix show!
Thanks for this post! I just put up two of the Studio McGee Threshold Seagrass pendants in my kitchen yesterday! Does the same rule apply for high ceilings for kitchen pendents like the chandelier guide? Where you add 3” to each additional foot? My kitchen has 11ft celingings. Thanks!
Where do I get the blue & cream striped rug in the living room with the fire place picture
Hi Amy! You can find this rug here: https://www.mcgeeandco.com/collections/all-rugs/products/livorno-wool-rugThanks for reading 🙂
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