Lighting Design Tips

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Other than being the depository for the week’s mail and half-finished school projects, ten months out of the year your dining room is probably the least used room in your house.  Come November and December, however, it takes center stage!  Thanksgiving dinner, holiday buffets, Christmas brunch. . . your dining room is the place for gatherings large and small.  Make sure your dining room is ready for all this attention with a fabulous new lighting fixture!

Few fixtures dazzle more than a crystal chandelier.  While crystals have been the centerpiece for dining rooms for centuries, today’s crystals run the gamut from traditional to ultra contemporary.  Lighting designers have given modern twists to crystal chandeliers by using colored crystals, geometric shapes, and fabric shades.

If crystal isn’t your thing, there are endless chandelier options available.  Choose one that reflects your own personal style.  Polished chrome for contemporary decor, restoration style with vintage bulbs, traditional designs with intricate details — the choice is yours!  The chandelier is changing its appearance in other ways, too, with the introduction of linear styles, large pendants, and shaded fixtures.  When choosing a dining room chandelier, it’s important to base the size of the fixture on your table, not the size of the room.  If you have a smaller table in a large room, you don’t want to end up with a chandelier that’s too big for the table.

Another trend in dining room lighting is using a series of smaller pendants over the dining table, instead of one large lighting fixture.  You can hang several of the same pendant over your table, or for some contrast, you can choose different pendants in the same color.  Another way to add visual interest is to hang pendants at alternating heights.

Sconces are a great addition to dining room lighting, as well.  They compliment the main fixture in the room, and offer accent lighting.  Consider placing sconces on either side of a buffet or serving table.

Depending on the size of the room, you may want to consider adding recessed lighting.  Again, it offers accent lighting, and can provide task lighting over a buffet (or for completing that school project!).  Directional recessed lighting can also be used to highlight artwork in the room or unique architectural features.

Most importantly, don’t forget a dimmer!  A dimmer will help you set the mood, whether you’re hosting a large family feast or an intimate dinner for two.  With new dining room lighting, the food on your table won’t be the only thing that brings a sparkle to your guests’ eyes this holiday season!