Inspiring Dining Room Lighting Fixtures To Make Dinnertime More Fun

So many home decorating rules have gone out the window that almost anything goes when it comes time to choose a dining room lighting fixture. (Thank goodness!) This means you can choose something that fits not only the style of the room but also the level of formality that makes the household most comfortable. Of course, there are people who prefer a more formal space that includes a dining room chandelier, but with today’s more casual trend, especially when it comes to entertaining, others want a more easy-going style of dining room lighting fixture.

Nautical Pendants

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Just a touch of a theme keeps the space sophisticated yet fun.

For a seaside home, just a few nautical elements can add the right touch without being too much, and these pendants are a great example.  They somewhat resemble line floats and add a bright dash to the otherwise blue dining room.  The casual space, designed by Timothy Brown Studio has a clean, crisp feeling and the pendants help lighten the mood of the otherwise traditionally wainscoted walls and coffered ceiling.

Natural and Raw

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Natural materials in the light add casual texture to the dining room.

Adding another layer of natural, tactile material to the dining room, this large pendant keeps the feeling casual. The spacious room, designed by Richards Stanisich, opens up to a patio and the ocean beyond, so the earthy feeling of the pale rattan dining room lighting fixture melds well. Throughout the room, the materials have distinct textural qualities, from the wood and marble in the wine storage area to the luxurious leather chairs.

Industrial Pendant

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An industrial pendant works in a minimalist space.

Set in the middle of Napa in California’s wine country, the dining room in this home styles by Shawback Design makes you think of wine. Sure, it has a refine industrial vibe, but it looks a little like wine carafe — and the top kind of like a cork. Regardless, the relaxed look of this dining room light fixture is a perfect match with the marble flooring and Nordic style table.

Wall Mounted Long-Armed Lamp

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Dining table lighting doesn’t have to hang from the ceiling.

Since there are no more rules, who says that a dining room lighting fixture has to hang from the ceiling? A long-arm lamp mounted to the wall is a fabulous option for a room that may have a lower ceiling or the need for clear sight lines — or just more drama. This space, designed by Wesley Moon, is totally changed with the addition of this type of lighting

Loosely Hung

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Loopy cords add to the loose feeling of the lights.

Loosely draped and a bit theatrical, these lights add to the eclectic flair of this dining room designed by Mexican designer Sofia Aspe. Multiple light sources hanging amid loops of cords pair well with a feature wall of round decorative mirrors. This type of dining room lighting fixture is ideal for a casual space because it follows no pattern or rigid arrangement.

Graceful Glass Chandelier

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Artful glass chandeliers are very luxe.

Sometimes only a chandelier will do and in this dining room, it becomes a highlight — second only to the view! A hand-blown glass fixture is a spectacular artistic addition to any room but it really shines when used as dining room lighting fixtures. When the view out the window is the real feature — as in this space by Greg Natale — it’s important to choose a chandelier that doesn’t hang too low.

An Artful Fixture

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Artsy dining room light fixtures can work in many styles of decor.

A glamorous dining space done in gold and pink is elevated even further with a hand-crafted, hand-blown light fixture. The asymmetrical arrangement of patterned glass on a gold framework is artful and abstract. In cases like this, it serves as art as much as lighting and forms the main focal point in the room, designed by Claude Cartier.

Topped with Candles

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Candles over the dining room table have been trending for some time.

For a relaxing and casual dining room, there’s nothing like a cascade of candles to create the right mood. Today’s LED technology and battery-operated candles help create a fuss-free (and danger-free) dining room lighting fixture that makes a soft and cozy atmosphere. This outdoor space by Nicole Hollis does far more than just make the most of the gorgeous setting.

Sputnik Style Fixtures

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Sputnik style light fixtures have become an iconic choice.

This Dallas-area home sports a marvelous architectural look that is highlighted by the sputnik-style dining room light fixtures. The touch of 1960s style adds a touch of retro to the otherwise contemporary home. Designed by R. Brandt, the dining room and other spaces blend glamour, touches of old style and modern architectural features.

Minimalist globes

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A slight branch fixture echoes the nature surrounding this dining space.

Able to meld with the outdoors, the dining room of this Sydney home really blends with the foliage and the yard. The design is very focused on the exterior so a dining room light fixture that doesn’t compete is key. This minimalist pendant fixture that features three free-form globes is ideal because it resembles a natural branch.

Mid-Century Flair

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Mid-century fixtures can work in so many different types of dining rooms.

Jessica Gersten’s marvelously comfortable design for this dining room is punctuated by the large yet spare lighting fixture. Its mid-century modern flair adds a little extra artful touch to the otherwise spare space. The fixture is also a nice counterpoint to the large work of abstract art on the wall.

Traditional Chandelier

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Fans of traditional chandeliers can be assured of spectacular drama.

This dining room lighting fixture is decidedly traditional but the vibe of the space, designed by Atelier AM, is a little more eclectic. The massive table features sawhorse legs and a contemporary centerpiece vase, however, the bulk of the room is overwhelmingly traditional in style. All the elements come together in a very sophisticated style that exudes a carefree nature.

Vintage Industrial

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This pair of vintage chandeliers works with the industrial decor.

Can a space be both vintage and industrial in style? This one certainly fits the description. Most elements in the space have an industrial feel, yet the dining room light fixtures are very much vintage and super charming. The combination of dark metal, some crystal and the very proper lampshades on each arm create a softer look. You would be hard pressed to define this room as belonging to a home designed by White and Kaki that has an overall Mediterranean vibe.

Contemporary Chandelier

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A little gilding goes a long way in this lovely chandelier.

Contemporary chandeliers come in all shapes and styles and this one has just enough glamour to be at the center of a sophisticated green garden room designed by Anne Wagoner. A black frame is a strong contrast to the space but the restrained golden elements tie in with the other elements and help create a very soothing and refined room.

Bouquet of Bulbs

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A hanging mass of bulbs reflects the eclectic style of the space.

This space defies categorization and so does the unique dining room lighting fixture that hangs above the table.  Designed by Godrich Interiors, the room is eclectic, exuberant and highly creative. The chandelier is actually a cluster of round globe pendants of varying sizes and materials that serve as a single fixture. The styling of the fixture is perfect for a room where there is so much going on visually.

A Lighted Mobile

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A slight fixture doesn’t detract from the view outside the large window.

With a big picture window and a priceless view of the ocean, the last thing you want is a dining room lighting fixture that competes with it. The choice of one that resembles a minimalist mobile hanging from the ceiling is fitting because its slight arms and small globes don’t dominate or interfere with the view. The style also accents the refined yet casual design of the space by Studio Giancarlo Valle.

Linear Lighting

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A linear dining room lighting fixture works with the artful screen and other elements.

When the table is a long rectangle, a linear dining room lighting fixture is an excellent choice. This particular fixture in a New York apartment designed by Amy Lau is a collection of clear glass shades suspended from minimalist bases and cords. It blends seamlessly with all the art in the space and is stunning without being overwhelming.

Mid-Century Modern Chandelier

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A mid-century modern fixture with tinted glass complements the decor.

A mid-century modern dining space calls for a dining room lighting fixture of the same persuasion. Here. designer from THREAD, Lindsay Bentis, installed an irregularly shaped chandelier of globes that calls to mind the lighting of that era. Smoky glass is a subdued choice and works well with the moody color palette in the space.

Architectural Lighting

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Ceiling fixtures do not have to hang low as this architectural light shows.

A room with plenty of texture but little color is the ideal location for an architectural lighting fixture that is wide-reaching by not low-hanging. JDP Interiors chose this suspension light that has structural appeal and echoes the black detail of the curtain rod. Minimalist glass globes keep the focus on the frame as well as the table below.

Unexpectedly Modern

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Unexpectedly modern decor works in a Victorian shell.

In a prime example of how a period house does not have to stick to period decor, the Toronto Interior Design Group has done this home in a very unexpected way. A boldly colored rug and upholstered dining chairs with a 60s vibe set the stage for the mid-century style chandelier. Tinted glass globes over the bulbs add a little extra drama to the space.

Striking Single Pendants

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Two pendants maintain an open open view of the large artwork.

Just as they can light up a kitchen island, pendant lights can serve as dining room lighting fixtures too. A minimalist Madrid apartment designed by Ventura Studio demonstrates how the right pendants can be an artful addition without overwhelming the room. Individual pendants can also be the right choice when artwork behind the table is a focus because they don’t hang directly in the center.

Oversized Pendant

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Oversized dining room lighting fixtures are contemporary in feeling.

An oversized pendant can easily take the place of a chandelier as a dining room lighting fixture. It can also be a more contemporary choice thanks to the streamlined look that a single fixture can create. The ridged material adds texture to the room, designed by Poland’s Ministry of Interior Affairs, without adding any metallic elements that would look very out of place in this style of decor.

Flower-Shaped Fixture

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Consider the shape of your table when choosing a dining room lighting fixture.

A single fixture that has the shape of an open flower is a chic addition to the dining space in this Paris apartment. Designed by Studio Wonder and Laurent Soler, the room includes a dining table of modest size and modern style. The lamp above mirrors the shape of the table and its pedestal base, creating a most a single visual unit, which helps define the area within the room.

Arts & Crafts Suspension Light

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The surrounding space should also play a role in your lighting choice.

An arts and crafts space deserves an equally distinctive dining room lighting fixture, which this one most definitely is. A suspended wheel tops a plain globe in a design that is noticeable but does not detract from the feeling of the surrounding windows. It also puts the focus at the center of the table and the hand-crafted centerpiece vessel. The home was designed by 2LG Studio.

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Exposed cords make a fixture feel more casual.

The interior redesign of a Victorian cottage near Sydney is about as far away from its original style as is possible — and it really works.  The minimalist decor features a dining room lighting fixture that is modern, loose and a bit industrial. The brass arms end in clear glass bulbs but instead of concealed wiring, the looped cording is fully visible and becomes part of the design. The entire home was designed by Alexander & Co.

Plenty of inspiration here for different kinds of dining room light fixtures as well as the various ways it’s possible to mix and match styles.  Did you see some that you like? Break from the traditional choices and try something new when it’s time to freshen up the dining room.