The Best Dining Room Light Fixtures
When it comes to enjoying meals at home with family or friends, the dining room is a special place for making memories. So, of course, you want to rev up your space with beautiful lighting. But do you choose the perfect light fixture?
Several things may impact a decision from the shape and size of your table to the number of lumens or watts you may need to set the right mood, especially if your space is a multi-use spot for various activities like crafting or homework. To help you illuminate things, we gathered our favorite tips and ideas for dining room lighting
Shabby Chic Chandelier
To make this casual dining room that gets used daily feel more special for formal occasions, the designers at Studio McGee installed an Italian-inspired chandelier bought at Shade of Light. The shabby chic fixture elevates the space without leaving a fussy impression.
Tip: Chandeliers that use multiple bulbs can emit lots of light. Installing a dimmer switch will allow you to control brightness.
In this impossibly chic dining room by Regan Baker Design, a ceiling medallion anchors the Branching Chandelier by Lindsey Adelman. The fixtures sinewy brass limbs and handblown glass globes refine the room without overpowering the rest of the décor.
When remodeling this home, the objective for interior designer Zoë Feldman was to create a cozy space with a modern edge. To achieve the goal in the dining room, Feldman installed a Boule de Cristal Chandelier by Restoration Hardware. Its sleek appearance has a less is more vibe that is just dressy enough for the modernist-inspired space.
Tip: Long light fixtures like this one work best centered over lengthy tabletops that seat more than six people.
Who says chandeliers have to be all glam and glitz? Here a linear example from the Alden collection by Kichler is a stylish gesture that does not overwhelm a neutral space by Leslie Cotter Interiors.
When to Swag a Chandelier
The You Make It Chandelier Kit by Lindsey Adelman includes standard industry parts for building this brass light fixture seen in a bungalow by interior design firm Scheer and Company.
Tip: Because the wiring in the ceiling wasn’t directly over the table, the chandelier was centered using swag.
Brendan Ravenhill Cord Lamp
When simplicity is key, consider something like the Cord Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill. Its triangular armature features three LED bulbs that generate 750 lumens each—all together that is brighter than a single 100 Watt Incandescent. In this home, by interior designer Lynn Kleonidas the fixture illuminates a minimalist dining room with custom wood furniture.
Taking center stage in this dining room by Regan Baker Design is a staggered glass chandelier by West Elm. The 38-inch long fixture is the perfect length for the six-seat dining room table.
Tip: Keep chandeliers or pendant lighting out of your face by installing at least 30 inches over the table.
Retro Hourglass Chandelier
This stylish dining room by Leslie Cotter Interiors combines neutral colors and bold wallpaper from Thibaut’s Watermark Collection with a retro hourglass chandelier designed by Rejuvenation.
Vintage Warehouse Lighting
Vintage warehouse lighting can give a casual dining spot a functional makeover. Here a couple of rewired, old-timey fixtures pepper on personality in a space designed by Moon Architect and Builder.
Tip: Many pendants lights like these can use dimmable 300-watt incandescent bulbs.
Glass Bubble Chandelier
Wow-worthy lighting does not have to cost a small fortune. While the light fixture in this beautiful dining room by Heidi Caillier Design cost thousands of dollars, the Bubble Glass Orb Chandelier by World Market is a pitch-perfect knockoff that cost less $200.
Unlike Edison bulbs, Mason jars, and sponge painted walls; Midcentury-inspired lighting withstands décor trends. These Plaza Chandeliers oozing with Mad Men style prove our point. The fixtures by School House Electric and Supply Company are both understated and eye-catching.
Tip: To show off the fabulous lighting in this casual dining room, interior designer Zoë Feldman painted the ceiling black.
Robert Abbey Bling Chandelier
Want to hang something fancy over a rustic table? The Bling Convertible Chandelier by Robert Abbey pours on the drama in this farmhouse-inspired dining room by Lindsay MacRae Interiors.
Glass and Metal Pendant Lights
You can find sophisticated lighting to buy at unexpected places. In this dining space decorated by Heidi Caillier Design, the glass and metal cage pendants are from (surprise!) Pottery Barn Kids.
Tip: Because each fixture only generates 60 watts, to illuminate the entire table two were hung instead of one.
Stunning Pendant Light
The gold Arabelle pendant light by Aerin brings a bit of glam to a traditional dining room by Aidan Design. We love this fixture for its fresh floral motif.
Wood Bead Chandelier
The crowning jewel in this colorful dining room by West Trade Interiors is a blue beaded chandelier by Selamat Designs. The fixture produces up to 60 watts of ambient light. A couple of wall sconces on either side of the painting boost illumination when needed.
Tip: Layering light in a room using different fixtures will help you create a more functional and comfortable space.
Classic Cage Style Lighting
Understated elegance best describes the Norwell Linear Cage Pendant in polished nickel shown in this dining room decorated by Chango and Company. The fixture adds shine to the room’s quiet palette.
If you are gaga for geometric décor, say hello to the Pythagoras Pendant Lamp. Two of them brighten this dining space by Homepolish. The frosted pentagonal glass panels keep the 100-watt bulb in each out of sight while casting a soft glow.
Tip: Notice how the pendants are not centered? Placing the centerpiece on the table between the fixtures establishes balance.
Modern Farmhouse Lighting
When done right, black cords are no longer cringe-worthy. Case in point, the black electrical cord on this industrial-inspired pendant light adds modern farmhouse appeal to this transitional dining room by Chango and Company.
Faceted Orb Pendant Light
Fresh paint, wall art and the Euclidean Pendant from Anthropologie were the crucial ingredients in this dining room update by Megan Born.
Tip: When creating a gallery wall in your dining room consider displaying things high enough to be seen over seated guests.
Globe lighting is simple, elegant and timeless. That is why we are fascinated with the Modo Chandelier in this casual and hip dining room by Regan Baker Design. The industrial-inspired light fixture designed by Roll and Hill, adds a little edge to the contemporary space.
Terracotta Pendant Light
Inspired by a fabric crease this terra-cotta fixture called the Marset Pleat Box Pendant Light beautifully complements the rattan dining chairs in this space designed by Ore Studios.
Tip: Infusing a room with natural elements and earthy textures will warm up your space.
Rattan Pendant Lights
We love rattan pendant lights because after a quick online search you can find them in a wide range of price points. The black ones in this eclectic dining room by Chango and Company are both chic and casual.
Pear Shaped Chandelier
We adore classic pear-shaped chandeliers like this one called The Chanteuse by Currey and Company. The fixtures cascading frosted, crystal beads is the cherry on top of this dining room by Studio McGee.
A bright, yellow rattan lampshade tops off this quirky dining room by Studio Monroe. Balancing the lemony shade is the black and white rug with oversized stripes.
An oversized Morris Lantern brings a modern farmhouse inspired dining room to the next level in this home remodeled by Studio McGee. Additional pieces with metallic finishes such as the clock exude a bit of luxury without conveying stuffiness.
Wagon Wheel Chandelier
This homey dining room by Graystone Custom Builders strikes a chic balance between casual and formal. Capping things off is a wagon inspired fixture called the Geoffrey Chandelier by Arteriors. It hangs purposely from a rusted chain and features a large wood ring with Edison bulbs.