Our trend report shows that the formal dining room has evolved. Oversized pendants are taking the place of traditional chandeliers; mixed materials are being used for tables and chairs; modern floor plans are eliminating a segmented, formal dining room altogether. Even with the evolution, gathering together with friends and family to partake in meals – to visit, to laugh and to share memories – around a table in a designated dining area…that’s here to stay! As with most rooms of the home, a layered lighting design is key for your dining areas. Our lighting specialist Anne Suggs weighs in on her top Do’s and Don’ts of lighting your dining spaces. Tune in below!
- + Mount the pendant or chandelier 32 to 36 inches above the table height, so that guests can still see everyone while having enough light.
- + Use recessed downlights or wall mounted fixtures to add more vertical light and to contrast the horizontal light of the pendant.
- + Add lights in addition to a pendant to prevent the corners of the room from getting dark.
- + Don’t feel like you can only use one pendant or chandelier. Larger dining room tables are sometimes highlighted best with multiple pendants.
- + Don’t forget to light your artwork. Accent lighting like track lights or picture lights can be used to highlight any art pieces.