Ask Estee: Light Hanging

by Melissa Goldstein
  • QHow high or low should I should hang my chandelier or pendant light?  
  • Of course this all depends on the room, but a good rule of thumb for lights suspended in high traffic areas is to pretend that someone 6'5'' is walking through your house--your light should ideally clear that person's head.
  • As for chandeliers or fixtures over tables, the bottom of your light should be at a minimum at least three feet from the top of the table. After that, it's a matter of personal preference.
    Photograph: Courtesy Magdalena Bjornsdotter estee-signature-layout  

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