When planning your dining room lighting, keep these easy tips in mind.
FIRST STEP: A chandelier in the middle of the room defines the space. Choose that fixture first, then work out with accent lights.
HANGING AROUND: Choose a chandelier with a diameter 12 inches less than the width of your table. The bottom of the chandelier should be 30 inches above table.
TALL ORDERS: For ceilings nine feet or higher, consider a two-tier style chandelier to fill the space from the fixture’s top to the ceiling.
DIMMER SHIMMER: Always use a dimmer on dining room lights. Light becomes warmer as it is dimmed.
HOME WORK: For those who use the dining room as a study area, consider bringing in a portable study lamp to brighten up the workspace. Overhead lighting may work well for general studies, but in depth or close work
demands more light.
GET SMART: Consider using a smart dimmer to easily manipulate various layers of light. Press a button for dining, another for shining light on homework, another for party time.
THE LAYERED LOOK: Use multiple layers of light in the dining room. Chandeliers provide the central focus. Accent lights on either side of the chandelier and at the room’s perimeter brighten the room when necessary. Accessory lights fill in shadows and add to the ambience.
TABLE THIS: Table lamps add a soft, humanizing touch to a dining room. Display them on a buffet or breakfront.