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.
Clever dining room design tips:
Lighting up a dining room may seem like a straightforward task but, as always, there’s a lot more depth to it than we initially realize. There’s multiple strategies that you could go for and various different design aesthetics that you could embrace. Here’s a few tips to put you on the right direction.
Highlight the table area
The table is obviously the centerpiece of the dining area and the most important piece of furniture in this room. As such, placing the lighting around and above the table would be both practical and relevant. There’s a variety of different ways in which you can do that. Depending on the type of table, its size and shape, you could either hang a chandelier or a series of pendants.
Play with proportions
Sometimes it’s nice to break the norm and to introduce a quirky and eye-catching element in a design. For instance, if your dining area has a small table, hanging an oversize pendant lamp above it could look really cool.
Mix and match
Long and rectangular dining tables go really well with multiple pendant lamps. You can either choose a set of matching pendants and have a few of them evenly spaced out above the table or you could mix a selection of different ones. If you choose to go with unique designs try to find pendants that share something in common without necessarily looking similar. This way your design will look cohesive and will also have character.
Place the lighting strategically
Apart from actually lighting up the room, pendant lamps and chandeliers can also be used to visually delineate a certain area. This is helpful in an open floor plan where the dining area can easily blend in with the kitchen and the living room.
Depending on the time of day or the mood, you might want your dining area to be super bright or to feel more intimate in which case dimming down the lights could be really useful. Having this type of flexibility with your lighting ensures that you can adjust the light level to suit the ambiance that you’re trying to create.
Think beyond ceiling lights
Chandeliers and pendant lamps are definitely the most common options and the first ones that come to mind. However, they’re not the only options and for a space like the dining room having other types of lighting fixtures can be very useful. Table lamps or sconces can be added to create more layers in the décor and to complement different parts of the room.
Dining Room Lighting Fixtures Inspiration Ideas
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Fresh and Modern Dining Room Lighting Ideas
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.
A cluster of pendants
Although a single fixture would make sense and could even be sufficient, it can sometimes pay off to hang multiple pendants instead. In a design such as this one the pendants are clustered together instead of being spread out and this creates a beautiful effect.
Choosing a suiting lighting fixture for a space also has to do with the height of the ceiling. For example, in a double-height dining room or one with a pitched roof ceiling it could be cool to hang light fixtures that emphasize the height of the room. Look for cascading chandeliers or pendant lamps similar to these ones.
These pendant lamps add a lot of charm to the space around them. They help to make the dining area feel very warm and inviting and they also stand out at the same time. It’s a wonderful example of how you can prioritize certain materials, finishes and textures when planning a room’s décor.
An abstract design
Adding lighting fixtures with interesting or abstract designs can help a dining area stand out. In such a situation it would be best if the rest of the décor would be simple. Opt for simple furniture and neutral colors to allow the lighting fixtures to stand out without clashing with their surroundings.
Make a statement
A big and ornate chandelier is a great way to make a statement. This design strategy can be adapted to suit any style. A more traditional or retro décor would easily accommodate such a feature. Try not to overdecorate the space and to create a balanced aesthetic.
Be careful about the height at which you hang the pendants. This should be chosen in relation to the dining table and the chairs. Low-hanging pendants should not be in a way or uncomfortable to look at when sitting at the table.
If you want the whole room to be filled with light, look for a chandelier that dispersed the light in all directions. This one right here is a great example. It has an interesting and eye-catching design which makes it stand out and puts an emphasis on the dining table but it also lights up the area around it.
Relaxed beach vibes
The lighting should suit the vibe of the room and this space looks and feels very warm and inviting but it also has a fresh and airy vibe. It’s a beach-inspired design with a farmhouse twist. The lighting is subtle and quite diverse. The centerpiece is the chandelier above the table complemented by tables lamps and sconces. This is a design by studio Group3.
Light and airy with a modern twist
The chandelier displayed here has a really cool design which is modern and abstract but also has a subtle bohemian vibe. It combines clean and simple lines with a modern geometry and a layered design. It’s quite easy to associate it with a cloud. This is part of an interior design project done by Florida Lifestyle Homes.
Farmhouse-style interiors are known for their inviting character and this dining room designed by The Lifestyles Company is no different. The round table is beautifully placed by the windows and takes advantage of the natural sunlight and the lovely view and the metal chandelier helps the space seem taller.
A traditional approach
You might be wondering what type of lighting would suit a traditional dining room. As this beautiful space designed by Hilderbrand Interiors demonstrates, an ornate crystal chandelier is a perfect choice. It doesn’t need to be extra big but it should complement the proportions of the table and of the room in general. Also, symmetry suits traditional design quite well.
Rather than going for very powerful and bright lighting, it might be better suited for the dining area to have subtle and dimmed lights and to focus more on diversity and ambiance. Try combining hanging pendant lamps, wall sconces and other types and take inspiration in this design by Five Star Interiors.
A classic starburst chandelier
There’s a reason some designs have become classics. In many cases they simply fit and their timeless beauty gives them lots of versatility. Starburst chandelier like the one used here are particularly great for modern dining rooms. They’re simple and classic but not boring and they stand out without overpowering the room. This space is the work of Real Estate Judge.
Edison-style light bulbs
This is such a stylish and balanced dining room design. The wainscoting on the walls, the grey accents, wooden floor, bright turquoise accents and this beautiful low-hanging chandelier all go together so well. We particularly enjoy light fixtures like this one which make use of Edison bulbs. This space is the work of studio Kennedy Cole Interior Design.
A space like the one designed by Noble Johnson Architects has the advantage of feeling spacious and airy but also being very inviting and comfortable to be in. The vaulted ceiling makes it possible to hang eye-catching chandeliers and pendants but in this case a subdued farmhouse approach makes most sense. Retro lighting fixtures like these ones feel perfectly at home here.
An elegant statement piece
In this design Deane studio the kitchen and dining room blend together but at the same time each one stands out in a unique way. The main element in the dining area is the chandelier which focuses the attention on the table and sets this area apart. It’s elegant, eye-catching and luxurious without being opulent.