Your dining room serves a number of purposes. It is the space where you gather, eat, entertain, and more. When decorating your dining room, the elements need to be versatile enough to accommodate a number of uses. The tricky part about dining room lighting is that it needs to be bright enough for after-school studying, while warm and inviting enough for intimate dinner parties. This is why your dining room area simply is not complete without the right light. These dining room ideas will help you achieve the best light for your space.
Our top dining room lighting ideas and tips:
• For lighting over a dining room table, take a look at your table and note the size, shape and style. This will help you determine if you should shop for a chandelier, linear lights or pendant lights. A round chandelier or grouping of pendants can pair nicely with a round table. On the other hand, a rectangular dining room light such as a linear light will pair well with a rectangular-shaped table or island. Nailing down the size and style will narrow down your options significantly and make the choice much easier.
• The size of the fixture will depend on the dining room size and placement of the light. As a general rule of thumb, your chandelier should be approximately half the width of the table, and should hang about 30 to 36 inches above the tabletop. You will also need to consider the ceiling height when determining the right size fixture. For every foot of ceiling height, allow three inches of fixture height. So, in a room with 10 foot ceilings, the ideal height of the fixture would be 30 inches tall.
Lamps tip: Maxim Lighting has an easy-to-use chandelier size calculator. All you need are some basic measurements of your space.
• Consider brightness and lumen output when choosing a fixture for your dining room. A decorative piece will likely have a lower light output because it’s purpose is to make a statement, set the mood and act as a piece of art. Therefore, even the most gorgeous ceiling light will not provide enough light to illuminate your entire dining room. Be sure to layer the light evenly through the room with complementary wall sconces, track lighting or recessed lighting to illuminate a certain area or aspect of the room.
• To determine how much wattage is necessary for your dining room, you will need to do some math to figure out the square footage of the space. Multiple the width by the length and multiply the number by 1.5. The result will equal the amount of wattage needed for general light in the room. For example, if the room is 10′ x 10′, it would need 150 watts for general illumination.
• Dimming is very important for dining rooms because it gives you the ability to instantly change the mood of the room. Check the manufacturer’s specs to make sure the fixture is able to be placed on a dimmer. It is also important to note the type of dimmer because not all dimmers are designed to control all types of bulb.
• These same tips can apply for those looking for breakfast room ideas or lighting for over the kitchen table. In almost all cases, ceiling lights will need to be complimented with other styles of lighting, such as wall lights and lamps. A few well-placed lamps can add a warm glow to the room.
Dining room lighting ideas from our Design Team: