Ask any photographer…lighting is everything. It illuminates, it sets a mood and it adds sparkle and shine, much like a statement piece of jewelry. Creating ambiance in the dining room is as easy as dialing down the brightness.
Consider these questions when purchasing a new light fixture. Is the dining room used as work table as well a dining table? Does the light switch only go on for large family functions? Is it where the family eats most of its meals? The answers to these questions will determine the type of illumination you need.
Layering the lighting in the space will take care of all those needs. Recessed lighting and pendants illuminate the entire space and is a primary source of lighting. Background lighting, in the form of wall sconces and track lighting, highlight areas of artwork or architectural or design features in the room. Hanging pendants act as task lighting over a buffet or bar cart.
Gone are the days when crystal chandeliers blazed in all dining rooms. Do not get me wrong, there will always be room for a stunning statement piece in a traditional dining room. A sleek and modern pendant or vintage ceiling-mount all have a place at the table. Achieve a contemporary look with recessed lighting and/or a pendant fixture, featuring clean lines and bold colours. Throwing in unexpected materials, such as polycarbonate or smoked glass creates a refined, yet mod look. Keep accent lighting simple with clean lines to pull the space together. The Edison bulb heats up contemporary lighting scheme with retro flair.
Proportion is important when picking a chandelier. Hang the central fixture 30-36” above the tabletop if your ceiling is 8’ and add 3” using an extension or chain, for each additional foot your ceiling reaches. The style and size of the fixture also impacts the height and placement as well.
Light up your life this winter with a sparkling new light fixture! It will throw new light on a dining room.
Design Advice by Ame Weatherup, Design Consultant Decorium