Do you love the lighting in your home? Does it look right? Does it give good light? These are just some of the questions you can ask yourself when you are thinking about introducing new fixtures into your rooms. Take your dining room for instance, does it work? Dining rooms are often a great place to start jazzing up the lighting in your home because most homes are wired for an overhead chandelier and provide an easy, logical place for a statement piece.
Apparatus Studio fixture via Pinterest
The sky is the limit with statement making chandeliers. Aesthetically, there is a plethora of options to choose from. You can let your lighting set the overall tone for the space OR you can choose lighting to be the sweet, finishing touch. Practicality wise, most fixtures come with enough cord so you can hang at any height. When you are starting to think of fixtures, just measure your ceiling and table height. The general rule of thumb is to hang fixtures 30″ – 34″ above table height.
Another thing to consider if the style of your home. Modern or traditional? Rustic or luxe? I was in NYC this past weekend and saw a great fixture by MOOOI in the B & B Italia showroom. This piece is certainly more high tech / techie than I tend to sway but paired with rougher, less futuristic furnishings, I can see this fixture pairing well in almost any setting I can imagine.
Heracleum by MOOOI
Another great option for dining room lighting is to break up the tried and true look of a single, grand chandelier by installing a series of pendants. This look can add visual interest without adding too much additional cost.The look is modern without trying too hard. Sometimes, depending on the scale of the room and the height of the ceilings, two smaller fixtures instead of one big chandelier can make the space feel more spacious and open.
If you are considering adding multiple fixtures over the dining room table, consider mixing and matching. There are many ways to do it but consider mixing sizes, shapes, colors, and even hanging fixtures at different heights. Groupings work well when you pair complimenting pieces together. The look is original and unique— not prepackaged!
Once the table has been taken care of, consider if you want to add any sconces. Sconces work really well in dining rooms with buffets and banquets or in rooms with fireplaces. They add elegance and give a new layer of light to the space. Consider adding sconces if the room the room is spacious and could use more lighting than just a single overhead fixture.
Via Barn Lighting Electric
Another great addition to your dining room lighting might be to add a pair of table lamps to a buffet. The table lamps create a create sense of symmetry and order when centered under a chandelier. The lamps add a layer of light and help soften up the overall look and feel of the space.
Via House & Home
Finally, if you want to make a change but aren’t ready to plunk money down on new fixtures, just add dimmers. Dining rooms are all about soft lighting and ambiance and dimmers offer great control! Another final tip is to add candle light. Don’t forget the candles!