The lobby is one of the most important areas, yet one of the most overlooked in a home. Usually it is not difficult to see how this space is not enhanced in smaller houses, those in which the atrium is barely noticeable.
But even in houses with large entrances this passage space often lacks style and substance.
In an interior design project for the home, the entrance deserves a special treatment, because it is dedicated to welcoming guests. The atmosphere of the entrance is responsible for the first impression.
This space acts as a spokesperson for the rest of the house: good lighting is essential to ensure that the first impact with the entrance to your home is positive.
An entrance chandelier is able to illuminate spaces with an elegant style, but it is often difficult to choose the most suitable model, of the right size and install it at the right height.
- Entrance chandeliers: the factors to consider for correct installation
- The most suitable models based on the style of furniture
- 4 factors to consider when selecting the best entrance chandeliers for the home
Entrance chandeliers: the factors to consider for correct installation
As a lighting designer, your project must include at least the general guidelines for choosing the diameter, height and type of lighting for the chandelier in proportion to the atrium you want to illuminate.
Also remember that an entrance chandelier should generally be installed in the exact center of the space.
Design professionals are well aware of the rule of thumb that the lower part of a suspended luminaire must be at least 2 meters away from the floor.
This design standard also applies to entrances with standard 2.5 meter high ceilings, which means that the chandelier will have to be small enough to be able to stay at the recommended height.
In the presence of entrances with a higher ceiling, the position of the chandelier should be elevated accordingly.
In an entrance where the ceilings are 3 to 4 meters high, it is normal practice to raise the chandelier so that its lower part is no longer close to 2 meters from the floor.
Trilogy – Sergio Marchetti Collection
Where the atrium is even higher, the design standard is to position the lower part of the chandelier at a height that respects the measures mentioned above, that is to say install the entrance chandelier 2.5 meters from the floor.
The height of the room, therefore, also plays a fundamental role for the recommended dimensions of the chandelier itself.
The reference rule for designers is that the entrance chandelier should have a height of 5 to 7 cm for every 30 cm of height from floor to ceiling.
To give an example, a 3-meter high ceiling requires a chandelier from 50 to 70 cm high. An entrance with a 5 meter high ceiling could comfortably manage a large chandelier from 80 cm to 1.2 meters high.
As for the choice of the diameter of an entrance chandelier, the dimensions of the entrance itself must be taken into consideration: this means that the choice of the diameter of the chandelier will depend on the width and height of the entrance.
We can say that, basically, for an atrium of about 30 square meters it will be necessary to choose a chandelier of about 50 or 60 cm in diameter, while for an atrium of 15 square meters the ideal size will be 40 cm.
In the presence of very high ceilings, the chandelier can have a diameter greater than 5 or 10 cm to compensate for the extra height.
The most suitable models based on the style of furniture
To choose the right chandelier, it is good to know that you must take into consideration a series of parameters in order to make the most appropriate choice.
Choosing the best chandelier is not easy because being a furnishing element as well as illuminating, it must necessarily be combined with what is the style of the entire environment.
If the chandeliers must be chosen so that they can integrate perfectly into the context in which they are installed.
It goes without saying that the entrance chandelier immediately denounces the style and character of the entire structure, communicating to those who make their entrance that kind of welcome you can expect.
The choice of the entrance chandelier is to be considered, therefore, fundamental, as it is not only a sort of addition that applies to the space to illuminate it, but represents a combination of utility and beauty, which in this element must find a harmonious compromise.
Essentially, when it comes to chandeliers, a distinction must be made between modern-style and classic-style chandeliers.
Let’s take a closer look at the characteristics of both categories.
Classic style chandeliers are ideal for homes that follow a retro style. The houses that need this type of chandeliers are purely those furnished in ancient style.
Niagara – Sergio Marchetti Collection
The chandelier at the entrance must respect the style of the entire house in order to find harmony and be a spokesperson for the rooms that unfold inside.
For this reason, in a house with a classic style, choosing a modern type chandelier at the entrance would be out of place and would represent a fall in style that would damage the entire glance of the house.
The modern style chandeliers, on the other hand, have the ability to furnish the entire space even on their own, without other complementary furnishings, managing to create a particular style thanks to their design.
Unlike classic chandeliers, modern ones have a particularly studied and refined design.
From an aesthetic point of view and can be made not only with the most usual materials used for the classic style – such as glass or crystal -, but also integrates different types of more unusual materials such as plastic and recycled materials.
Moule Naked – Sergio Marchetti Collection
4 factors to consider when selecting the best entryway chandeliers for the home
The most elegant models that you can choose for your client’s home therefore depend on the style of the entire interior: to choose one chandelier over another, you must necessarily keep in mind the style of setting of the whole house.
For these reasons, the shape of the chandelier takes on a central role: you can opt for a suspended chandelier, whether classic or modern, on the wall or in spotlights in the case of a modern chandelier.
In a classic-style house, the choice is very simple but not obvious, because here too you will find various models among which you will have to choose the one that best integrates with the type of classic interior furnishings you are going to illuminate.
In a modern-style house, however, the fundamental decision concerns the type of lighting that your customer intends to give at the entrance.
A generic line to follow in any case, is that if you decide to install a chandelier in the center of the atrium, you will get an ambient light that can illuminate the entire space, even if the light can easily be monotonous.
A light of this type is especially suitable for rooms inhabited at any time of the day, such as the kitchen, for example, and even in these areas appliques are combined that allow the light to give greater depth to the room.
Since the entrance is not a space in which one lingers for a long time, an accent light would be more suitable, perhaps by pointing small spotlights that can be either recessed in the false ceiling, or mounted on an external track, suitable for being moved. to find the ideal lighting point.
Ring – Sergio Marchetti Collection
The selection of the most elegant models of entrance chandeliers to choose for your client’s home, therefore, is very delicate because it must be able to integrate with what is inside the other rooms, with the burden of having to present and represent all the style of the interior.
These are the factors that must motivate you to keep the following parameters under control:
- Dimensions of the chandelier. It is essential to pay attention to the dimensions of the chandelier, which must never be too large compared to the space of the entrance that contains it
- Consistency with the style of furniture. On the aesthetic side, the light point must always be consistent with the style of furniture
- Energy saving. It is also important to decide to install energy-saving lights inside the chandelier, not only to lighten the bill but above all to reduce the environmental impact
- Design and concept. The selection of the design is crucial in the choice of the entrance chandelier, because choosing the right design with the help of a professional is really the only way not to be wrong.
Follow our instructions for a correct selection of chandeliers and for their correct installation: you will get a final result of great aesthetic impact and great functional performance.