How To Choose Dining Room Pendant Lighting
Whether you’re hosting 2 or 20, the right pendant in the dining room can be a showpiece for the space. Gather ‘round with our top pendants and use these dining room pendant lighting ideas to make your space elegant.
Choosing the right pendant for your dining room lighting can be tricky: You want it to make a decorative statement, provide enough light for the table and avoid unwanted glare. Much of the functionality of dining room pendant lights can be controlled through proper height placement and choosing the right materials (transparent glass for an all-around glow versus opaque metal for more downward focused light). After that, the exact style is a simple matter of taste. Fortunately, there are plenty of modern pendant lights out there to create the dramatic look and lighting effect you want in your dining room.
Mini Pendant & Multi-Light Pendant Lighting
Choose a rectangular canopy for linear configurations over longer oval or rectangular tables, and a round canopy to create a central cluster for round or square dining tables.
Drum Pendant Lighting
Due to its rounded proportions, a single drum pendant should be reserved for placement at the center of a round or square table. For rectangular tables, you'd want to install two or more to create a balanced look.
Medium & Large Pendant Lighting
Medium or large pendants offer ever greater sculptural possibilities over a dining table. You can keep things relatively simple with large bell-shaped metal pendants, add a natural element with metal branches, or create a whimsical look with a fluffy "poof" of curled wood veneer. Again, proportion is important. You want to choose a pendant that will complement the size and shape of your dining table, not overwhelm it. A good rule is to choose a pendant that is 6” narrower on each side than the smallest width of the dining table.
While often similar in scale to drum pendants, there are medium and large pendants with more linear proportions, which makes them appropriate as single fixtures over a rectangular table. In addition to long single pendant forms, the linear suspension model also offers multiple mini pendants in a linear configuration.