27 Dining Room Lighting Ideas For Every Style The Spruce

April 10, 2019 7:35 am by sandiego
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27 Dining Room Lighting Ideas For Every Style The Spruce

This does require 5 vintage filament 60 Watt bulbs, Type C  which…MORE is not included. 

One reviewer mentioned installing this with a dimmer switch might be wise since the chandelier gives off a lot of light and the bulbs can be a bit cost prohibitive. 

Sometimes when you have a long rectangular table, a square or round chandelier can look out of scale — that’s why this dramatic chandelier is great for a dining room. Available in three different sizes, from 31.5” long to 47” long, you’ll be able to find a size that works for your table. The chandelier is made of stainless steel with clear crystal accents. The strings it hangs from are adjustable, and it comes with chandelier bulbs and a few extra pieces. One caveat: You will have to assemble…MORE the chandelier when it arrives, a process that many reviewers called time-consuming but worth it. Plus, if you are looking for something a little more tailored to your table or space this company offers custom lighting at an affordable price. 

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.

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.

Another is that it should be about a foot less than the width of the table at it’s widest point. (In many cases these measurements will be the same). One of the main reasons for this is so that people don’t bump their heads on it when getting up from their seats.If this just isn’t possible it’s better to go bigger with the dining room chandelier size than smaller. You can always hang it a bit higher so that no one gets hurt.Another guideline to try to adhere to is that the chandelier’s length should not allow it to be closer than four feet from any wall. Really it shouldn’t be closer than 48 inches to any piece of furniture such as a cabinet or sideboard. This will obviously not be possible for smaller spaces, but it’s a good rule of thumb to keep in mind.So before you go out and buy a dining room chandelier take the measurements of the room and table so that you get one who’s size will fit your space and furniture.

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.

Tip: Keep chandeliers or pendant lighting out of your face by installing at least 30 inches over the table.

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 multiuse spot for various activities like crafting or homework. To help you illuminate…MORE things, we gathered our favorite tips and ideas for dining room lighting

With frosted tulip-shaped shades and a satin nickel finish, this chandelier has a style that speaks both to antique-inspired and more modern interiors. The chandelier is medium-sized at 24”  x 15”, and hangs from an adjustable chain that is hardwired into the ceiling. Because it’s wider than it is tall, this is a nice option for a living room,  medium-sized dining area or somewhere with a low ceiling because it has a small hang. You can also purchase a similarly-styled single pendant light to…MORE coordinate this chandelier with the lighting in adjoining spaces.

Tip: When creating a gallery wall in your dining room consider displaying things high enough to be seen over seated guests. 

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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.

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.

Tip: Notice how the pendants are not centered? Placing the centerpiece on the table between the fixtures establishes balance.

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.

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.

If a crystal chandelier is too formal for your dining space, but you still have a large table that demands a larger chandelier, consider this modern seven-light chandelier. The adjustable-height chandelier is 40.5”  x 13.7”  x 20”. It’s available in four shade colors, including clear, smoke, celadon and champagne, and with brass or bronze hanging rods. The seven differently-shaped shades each hang from a single rectangular base and land at varying heights to provide ambient light near your…MORE tabletop. This set has to be hardwired into your ceiling.

For lovers of Midcentury modern style, a sputnik chandelier is frequently on the wish list. Named after the many-armed design that looks like the first rocket launched into space, this exposed-bulb chandelier casts light in all directions (the vintage Edison bulbs are sold separately). The fixture itself is 14” tall (not including the rod) and 35” diameter, and the chandelier comes with two rods that can be used individually or together to adjust the height of the chandelier. That large diameter…MORE means the chandelier will look good over a big table or, on a shorter rod, can light up a living room without looking too teeny. Though assembly can be tricky for some, this chandelier offers a lot of “bang for your buck.”

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. 

You’ll have to determine the appropriate dining room chandelier height.

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.

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Amp up the drama in a living room, foyer or formal dining room (or dare we say bathroom?) with this glitzy take on a vintage chandelier. The crystal chandelier comes with options: either hardwired or plug-in, plus four sizes and color options, as well (including clear, fuchsia, black and a multicolored version). Though the basic shape is the same, all those options of color, size and installation mean you can get just the right chandelier for your space. The medium sized-chandelier has five…MORE candleholder-style arms and is 19” diameter x 21” tall, a nice scale for a smaller round dining table or entryway. The chandelier can be hung up to 24” from the ceiling on an adjustable chain.The largest size is 27” diameter x 27” tall with nine arms, big enough to make a statement in a high-ceilinged room or over a large table.

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.

Tip: Because each fixture only generates 60 watts, to illuminate the entire table two were hung instead of one.

A chandelier is often the focal point in a dining room, so it’s important to get a dining room chandelier that not only works well with your décor but is also the right size.While there are no hard and fast rules, there are a few guidelines that will help you determine the right size for your dining room chandelier.One suggestion is that the diameter of the dining room chandelier should be about one-half to two-thirds the width of the table it will be hanging over.

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.

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. 

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.

Tip: Long light fixtures like this one work best centered over lengthy tabletops that seat more than six people. 

Available in oil-rubbed bronze or chrome, this globe chandelier nods to the past with the candelabra-style arms but gets an update from the clean outer rings that encircle them. At 25.2” x 26.5” tall, this would make a cool statement in an entryway. It hangs on a chain that’s adjustable up to five feet long (cor is six feet), plenty of length for very tall foyers. This orb chandelier feels vintage and industrial at the same time. 

Tip: Because the wiring in the ceiling wasn’t directly over the table, the chandelier was centered using swag.

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: Infusing a room with natural elements and earthy textures will warm up your space.

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.

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.

Fresh paint, wall art and the Euclidean Pendant from Anthropologie were the crucial ingredients in this dining room update by Megan Born. ​

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. ​

For casual drama in a living room or dining room, this industrial-style chandelier is both elegant and unfussy. The 5-light chandelier is 28.9” x 47.2” at the longest rod setting, but the hanging bar comes in three pieces so you can adjust the hanging height. The light is fully dimmable and compatible with LED bulbs. And the line comes with coordinating 3-light, 4-light or pendant fixtures that you could buy separately if you wanted to coordinate lighting through adjoining spaces, like a great…MORE room or shared kitchen and dining space.

Tip: Layering light in a room using different fixtures will help you create a more functional and comfortable space. 

The Sputnik Chandelier by Jonathan Adler gives this modernist dining room by Kelly Martin Interiors a futuristic twist. This fixture features funky spokes, globe bulbs, crystal accents, and an antique brass finish.

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Tip: Many pendants lights like these can use dimmable 300-watt incandescent bulbs. 

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.

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.

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.

Tip: Chandeliers that use multiple bulbs can emit lots of light. Installing a dimmer switch will allow you to control ​brightness.

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: To show off the fabulous lighting in this casual dining room, interior designer Zoë Feldman painted the ceiling black. 

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.

This clean-lined chandelier has a crisp white drum shade and an on-trend brass finish, perfect for modern and transitional dining areas or living room. The chandelier is on a fixed-length rod, so it’s 42” tall (including the rod) and 20” diameter. The long rod will drop the chandelier low over a dining table to provide ambient light while dining and entertaining, but as it cannot be adjusted, it’s important to measure your space –especially the space from your tabletop to your ceiling —to make…MORE sure it doesn’t hang too low. This chandelier is simple and elegant, and versatile enough to work with many kinds of decor. Plus, it has a very affordable price tag. 

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 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?

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.

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. 

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