Choosing & Hanging Dining Room Chandeliers

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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.

woven chandlelier in dining room

Tips for choose the right dining room chandelier.

When choosing and hanging a dining room fixture, keep these five tips in mind:

1) Style

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 Style Dining Room With Shell Chandelier

Transitional dining room with shell chandelier.

2) Dimensions

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.

Modern Dining Room With Gorgeous Lighting

Perfectly installed chandelier in a modern dining room.

3) Hanging Height

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

Dining room design with modern lighting style.

4) Function

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.

5) Dimmers

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!

Chandeliers From Lamps Plus

Murray Feiss MaaridJonathan Adler MeuriceEdison Multi Bronze BulbPossini Euro Opal GlassPossini Aged Silver 6 LightVanalen Polished Chrome

Image credits: Jen Langston Design, At Home Arkansas, Terra Cotta Properties, Alice Lane Home

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  • 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 ( - maybe they will be able to tell you the fabric they used.

  • Nice work! Cool to read such a well-considered article!

Choosing & Hanging Dining Room Chandeliers