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Renovating your bathroom and seeking an elegant look? Find out if a chandelier could work for your space.

A chandelier can be a great option for your bathroom renovation if you are looking to make a statement and elevate the look of your room. Because they are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and finishes, chandeliers can add an air of sophistication to many bathroom spaces. Here, design and electrical professionals share what you need to know to select and install a chandelier in your bathroom.

Room size. Chandeliers take up more space — physically and visually — than recessed lighting. Because of that, chandeliers look best in bathrooms that are at least 100 square feet, says Melissa Lewis, principal designer at Lewis Giannoulias. Lewis and fellow principal designer Cari Giannoulias even increase that limit to 150 square feet if their client wants a freestanding tub, walk-in shower and multiple vanities. “You don’t want to squeeze too much into the space,” Giannoulias says. “It’s just not a good idea and the chandelier will completely overpower the space.”You can make a chandelier work in a smaller bathroom, but choose a small fixture rather than a large one like the elegant chandelier seen here.

Ceiling height. You need overhead space to hang a chandelier. Building codes require this space so a light fixture is not too close to the tub and you won’t bump your head on it.