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A few weeks ago, I installed some chic lighting from Lamps Plus in our dining room. It’s amazing how a light fixture can completely change the look of a dining space when you invest in one that makes a statement.
Any dining room can benefit from a stunning chandelier, whether it's a small breakfast nook or a formal dining room.
Tips for choose the right dining room chandelier.
When choosing and hanging a dining room fixture, keep these five tips in mind:
Choose a chandelier that appeals to your decor style, not one solely for resale (unless of course you’re staging your home for sale). A dining room chandelier is an easy fixture to replace and something you can take with you if and when you move.
It’s perfectly fine to mix styles: industrial, coastal, contemporary, they all work with traditional furniture and vice versa.
Transitional dining room with shell chandelier.
When selecting lighting for a dining room table, it’s more important to size the chandelier to the dining table rather than the room. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your chandelier is one half to two thirds the width of the table.
A chandelier that is too small for the dining area can look out of place and has little impact.
Perfectly installed chandelier in a modern dining room.
For the proper hanging height, the bottom of the chandelier should be 28" - 34" above the table. It should be low enough to create a focal point in the dining area, but high enough not to interfere with conversation.
Dining room design with modern lighting style.
Your chandelier does not have to be the main source of lighting in the dining room. Wall sconces, lamps, or other overhead lighting should also be part of the lighting design plan.
Lastly, they don’t need to match, merely complement each other.
A chandelier that radiates too much heat or light can be uncomfortable for you and your guests. Most designers agree on the importance of dimmer switches. Nothing creates more ambiance than lighting turned down during intimate gatherings.
These six statement fixtures from Lamps Plus will jazz up your dining room, large or small!
Murray Feiss Maarid, Jonathan Adler Meurice, Edison Multi Bronze Bulb, Possini Euro Opal Glass, Possini Aged Silver 6 Light, Vanalen Polished Chrome
Image credits: Jen Langston Design, At Home Arkansas, Terra Cotta Properties, Alice Lane Home
I love the Roman (?) white curtains with the doily look on them! Where could I find some like that? :)
The image is from Terra Cotta Interiors (www.terracottadesignbuild.com) - maybe they will be able to tell you the fabric they used.
Nice work! Cool to read such a well-considered article!