Do’s and Don’ts of Lighting Your Dining Area

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!

Image courtesy of Dostie Homes featuring Caress pendants
Image courtesy of Dostie Homes featuring Caress pendants
  • DO
  • + Mount the pendant or chandelier 32 to 36 inches above the table height, so that guests can still see everyone while having enough light.
Image courtesy of A&M Homes
Image courtesy of A&M Homes
  • + 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.
Project completed by Helen Piteo Interiors featuring Nissé chandelier
Project completed by Helen Piteo Interiors featuring Nissé chandelier
  • DON’T
  • + 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.