How low should you go? The rule for hanging installations.

Mar 16 2014

by Christy Griner Hulsey

With measuring tape, yardsticks and sharp-shooter squinting eyes it seems like we’re always stepping back from an installation to ask, how high should it be. Or how low, for that matter? Hey! Just simply where should the bottom fall??

“Come on. Can you step over here and give it a look-see,” we ask. “Yes. You. And, you. And, you, too,” we plead.

Well, it’s official. We’ve discovered the answer. So-totally fortunate to haveredbpower as a member of a recent wedding installation team, they told us the golden rule. And, this crew hangs chandeliers every single day.

Here’s the answer: the bottom of your lighting should hang at least 30-inches above your tabletop so it doesn’t block the view of any extra-tall friends or family.

Apparently Pottery Barn agrees, “the general rule for hanging dining room chandeliers is that the bottom of the fixture should hang between 30″ and 36″ from the tabletop assuming you have an 8′ ceiling.”

This installation is for a UGA Grady School grad, now NYC writer. Inspired by a French Industrial style, it’s gotta be one of my favorite Georgia weddings. You’ve got to see the whole gallery.

Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers Lighting: red b power
Photography: Chelsea Mitchell Photography
Styling: Adorned with terrain

Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder — at Ambient + Studio, Atlanta, Georgia.


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Christy Griner Hulsey is the Creative Director of Colonial House of Flowers, a family run boutique, founded in 1968 in South Georgia along the United States eastern seaboard in the little town of Statesboro - south of Atlanta, north of Savannah and with a growing international presence.

Using plants, flowers and a real story as her medium she specializes in creating intimate, high-end, bespoke, artistic partnerships, weddings, and event florals. She travels the globe teaching sold-out workshops, hosting fun pop-up shops, demonstrating and sharing herself in ways that focus on her old-world, painterly, classic yet whimsical garden style arrangements, which she shares on instagram @colonialhouseofflowers.

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