Dining Room Lighting

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Dining Room Lighting

The dining room light fixtures from us at Williams Sonoma combine elegance and function for a beautiful design balance. Though there are plenty of aesthetic factors to consider, it’s also important to pay attention to practical concerns as you shop.

Types of Dining Room Lighting

Pendants and chandeliers are common types of dining room lighting. Each style has unique characteristics, but both work well in formal and casual rooms. Chandeliers tend to be larger and work best when they’re used as standalone pieces. In contrast, some pendants are small enough to be used in groups or pairs over a larger dining table. The shape of the dining room lighting pieces you choose can also play into ambience of the room, with chandeliers generally available in a radial shape that’s perfect for round tables. However, there are no hard and fast rules. As long as you choose carefully and pay attention not only to size but also to overall design cohesion with elements like curtains & drapes and the table itself, you’ll be in good shape.

Dining Room Lighting Finishes

The finish of the lighting fixture can determine how much of a decorative impact it makes. High-shine finishes like polished nickel or antique brass on a chandelier are likely to draw more attention to the fixture itself than something more sedate, like oiled bronze. The finish isn’t just about the amount of attention your fixture will get, though. In general, you’ll want to try to match other metallics in the room and decide whether a warm or cool metallic color is best for your personal style. Other features, like glass or crystal detailing and fabric shades, play a part in the design decisions you can make when selecting the right dining room lighting.

Dining Room Lighting Sizes

It’s usually best to choose your dining room lighting based on the size of your table. Generally, the diameter or width of your fixture should be about half that of your dining table. You can go as far as 75 percent of the diameter or width of the table, but anything higher can feel a bit too large. Think about the height of your ceiling as well. There should generally be at least 8 feet of clearance between the table and the bottommost part of your light fixture.

Though it’s essential to pay attention to the criteria above as you shop to make sure you choose the ideal light for your dining room, you should also feel free to have fun and choose the style that speaks to you the most from a design point of view. Dining room lighting can be a great decorative element, like perfectly selected accent pillows on a beautiful couch. Don’t hesitate to choose the light fixture that makes the boldest statement in your dining room.

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