When it comes to enjoying meals at home with family or friends, the dining room is a special place for making memories. So, of course, you want to rev up your space with beautiful lighting. But do you choose the perfect light fixture?
Several things may impact a decision from the shape and size of your table to the number of lumens or watts you may need to set the right mood, especially if your space is a multi-use spot for various activities like crafting or homework. To help you illuminate things, we gathered our favorite tips and ideas for dining room lighting
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Shabby Chic Chandelier
To make this casual dining room that gets used daily feel more special for formal occasions, the designers at Studio McGee installed an Italian-inspired chandelier bought at Shade of Light. The shabby chic fixture elevates the space without leaving a fussy impression.
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When remodeling this home, the objective for interior designer Zoë Feldman was to create a cozy space with a modern edge. To achieve the goal in the dining room, Feldman installed a Boule de Cristal Chandelier by Restoration Hardware. Its sleek appearance has a less is more vibe that is just dressy enough for the modernist-inspired space.
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When to Swag a Chandelier
Tip: Because the wiring in the ceiling wasn't directly over the table, the chandelier was centered using swag.Continue to 6 of 27 below.
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Brendan Ravenhill Cord Lamp
When simplicity is key, consider something like the Cord Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill. Its triangular armature features three LED bulbs that generate 750 lumens each—all together that is brighter than a single 100 Watt Incandescent. In this home, by interior designer Lynn Kleonidas the fixture illuminates a minimalist dining room with custom wood furniture.Continue to 7 of 27 below.
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Tip: Keep chandeliers or pendant lighting out of your face by installing at least 30 inches over the table.Continue to 8 of 27 below.
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Vintage Warehouse Lighting
Tip: Many pendants lights like these can use dimmable 300-watt incandescent bulbs.Continue to 10 of 27 below.
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Unlike Edison bulbs, Mason jars, and sponge painted walls; Midcentury-inspired lighting withstands décor trends. These Plaza Chandeliers oozing with Mad Men style prove our point. The fixtures by School House Electric and Supply Company are both understated and eye-catching.
Tip: To show off the fabulous lighting in this casual dining room, interior designer Zoë Feldman painted the ceiling black.Continue to 12 of 27 below.
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Glass and Metal Pendant Lights
Tip: Because each fixture only generates 60 watts, to illuminate the entire table two were hung instead of one.Continue to 14 of 27 below.
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Wood Bead Chandelier
The crowning jewel in this colorful dining room by West Trade Interiors is a blue beaded chandelier by Selamat Designs. The fixture produces up to 60 watts of ambient light. A couple of wall sconces on either side of the painting boost illumination when needed.
Tip: Layering light in a room using different fixtures will help you create a more functional and comfortable space.Continue to 16 of 27 below.
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Classic Cage Style Lighting
Understated elegance best describes the Norwell Linear Cage Pendant in polished nickel shown in this dining room decorated by Chango and Company. The fixture adds shine to the room's quiet palette.Continue to 17 of 27 below.
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If you are gaga for geometric décor, say hello to the Pythagoras Pendant Lamp. Two of them brighten this dining space by Homepolish. The frosted pentagonal glass panels keep the 100-watt bulb in each out of sight while casting a soft glow.
Tip: Notice how the pendants are not centered? Placing the centerpiece on the table between the fixtures establishes balance.Continue to 18 of 27 below.
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Faceted Orb Pendant Light
Fresh paint, wall art, and the Euclidean Pendant from Anthropologie were the crucial ingredients in this dining room update by Megan Born.
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A bright, yellow rattan lampshade tops off this quirky dining room by Studio Monroe. Balancing the lemony shade is the black and white rug with oversized stripes.Continue to 25 of 27 below.
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Wagon Wheel Chandelier
This homey dining room by Graystone Custom Builders strikes a chic balance between casual and formal. Capping things off is a wagon inspired fixture called the Geoffrey Chandelier by Arteriors. It hangs purposely from a rusted chain and features a large wood ring with Edison bulbs.Continue to 27 of 27 below.