Modern Dining Room Lighting
Big or small, opulent or austere, the dining room can easily become the center to a home (especially so in more open floor plans). This makes the decision of what lighting to choose very important, whether it's for a formal dining space or a cozy nook. A basic guide to lighting dining rooms is to use linear fixtures over rectangular tables and circular fixtures over square and round tables, although there's no such thing as a hard and fast rule in the design world.
Dining Room Lighting Looks We Love
For a look that's pleasing to the eye, the basic guideline works well: the main dining room light should share a similar shape with the dining table itself. But, after that, the sky's the limit. Ceiling lights with distinctive drum shades are an easy way to add some texture or color to the space, as well as creating a strong focal point. Neutral spaces can benefit from lighting fixtures featuring brighter colors and bolder patterns, and vise-versa. Going in the opposite direction, the jaunty look of a branching linear suspension brings a dynamic look to a dining space.
Finishing Touches for Dining Room Lighting
First things first: put a dimmer on it. Legrand Adorne and Lutron both have a wide variety of options to control the brightness of the light and you'll be glad you have them. After that, there's no reason to stop at only what's hanging over the table. Most pendants and chandeliers belong to design families, so you can tie in similar wall sconces for a little more ambient lighting. In open floor plans, adjoining areas can become extensions of the dining space, so you can get creative with that.