Your dining area is the quintessential place where everyone can gather and share a meal; it’s one of the most important spaces in any home. For your dining area, you would need some particular elements;
Your dining area is the quintessential place where everyone can gather and share a meal; it’s one of the most important spaces in any home. For your dining area, you would need some particular elements; these would include the appropriately-sized dining table and chairs, but apart from this, you would need adequate lighting as well. And whilst lighting your dining room isn’t nearly as complicated as, say, lighting your bedroom or living room, you still need to have good ideas to do it right. With your dining room, you have a lot of options, from pendant lighting to chandeliers to linear suspension lighting and more. So which options are best for you? Here are some top ideas for adequately lighting up your dining area.
The shape of your dining table
When choosing the right shape for your central fixture, think of something that associates or relates to your dining table. Don’t think about the actual dining room yet – just think about the dining table in terms of its style, shape, and size. A round fixture such as a chandelier goes quite well with round dining tables, whilst a linear lighting fixture goes well with a rectangular dining table. If you want something more flexible, use a row of pendants to complement the table’s shape, and you can group these together for a circular dining table as well.
If you are choosing a central dining room fixture as your modern lighting source, think about the figures. In other words, do the math. The light, for instance, should be smaller than the dining room table by about 12 inches in all directions. If your table is 1.2 metres (4 feet) in width, choose a light that is a maximum of 0.6 metres (2 feet) in width. When it comes to linear suspension lighting, choose those between 1/3 to 2/3 the length of your dining room table. Chandeliers and linear pendant lights are often ideal for a long table with a rectangle shape or dining tables with extensions.
You should also hang your dining lights about 76 centimetres (30 inches) from the table’s surface, and you would want to keep the suspension at mid-length when installing your lighting fixture.
The mood and lighting layers
Dimmers can easily set the mood in your dining area, so install dimmer switches when you can. Here’s a tip: if you are going for a chandelier or pendant light, make sure it has a dimmer feature and can be dimmed; there is also a difference between installing a light fixture which can be dimmed and a dimmer – these are two separate things.
If you opt for a chandelier, know that it will usually provide low lighting – chandeliers are more about establishing the mood and getting people’s attention to the room’s centre. If you want something more functional, consider layers of lighting with the use of wall sconces, recessed lighting, spotlights, and so on. If you want a brighter chandelier, however, you can opt for a LED one. When trying to add layers of lighting to your dining area, think about it in a vertical fashion, or lighting from the ceiling down to the floor, and horizontally as well, which is lighting from one side of the area to the other.
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