Chandeliers bring sophistication into your dining space while creating an instant focal point in the room. In the past, chandeliers were usually reserved for traditional dining rooms, but today’s chandeliers offer a variety of versatile options that work well in any space, from contemporary to traditional.
Crystal chandeliers, which are well suited for traditional dining rooms, feature multiple dangling crystals that provide soft, cascading light throughout a room that perfectly accentuates rich wood furnishings. For a more minimalist or contemporary design scheme, consider a wrought-iron chandelier with candelabra or pendant lights to add a touch of modern elegance. The ideal hanging height for these light fixtures is 30 to 35 inches above the dining table.
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2. Wall Sconces
Wall sconces are mounted directly on walls to provide both general and accent lighting. If your dining area is spacious, incorporating a wall sconce in each wall corner will ensure optimal light coverage when paired with ceiling fixtures. Wall sconces also work well to create intimate dining settings when used alone or paired with candles as accent lighting.
3. Pendant Lights
A pendant light is another versatile lighting option that adapts to practically any space. Available in a variety of styles and simple to install, pendant lights hang from single chains and emit ambient light throughout your dining area. Like chandeliers, pendant lights should be suspended 30 to 35 inches above your dining table.
To highlight black or white modern furnishings, consider a pendant light with a colored drum shade for the perfect amount of contrast. For a more traditional look, choose a chandelier pendant or triple-globe pendant fixture to softly illuminate your table. For more styling options, read Lighting by Trend.
4. Flush Mount Lighting
Flush mount light fixtures touch the ceiling surface, allowing light to filter out through glass or diffuser pieces. Flush mount chandeliers are ideal for dining rooms with limited space, as they feature the same beautiful crystals of traditional chandeliers but in a more compact design. Three-light flush mount fixtures with circular glass shades add soft light to a room without being overpowering, making them great options for dining rooms where the dining table is the focal point.
5. Semi-Flush Mount Lighting
While a flush mount fixture is typically installed flush to the ceiling, a semi-flush mount lighting fixture design features a bowl, shade, or lantern that extends down slightly, allowing light to reflect off the ceiling surface. Offering everything from Tiffany-style bowls to glass lanterns with candelabra lighting, semi-flush mount light fixture styles are extremely versatile. To easily coordinate your lighting with a wide variety of dining room design schemes, read our Tips on Buying Home Lighting Fixtures.
Now that you’ve decided on the best light fixture for your dining room, you’re ready to round out your renovation. Read our Guide to Lighting by Room to choose the ideal feel for every space in your home.