Picking the right light fixture for your dining room, foyer or entry hall can be confusing and difficult. Then, once you have figured out the right size, then you have to decide the perfect height. There are universal rules for you to consider to make the process easier.
Follow these easy tips to ensure your room is well lit and comfortable for your guests to enjoy.
If you’ve just moved into a new home and haven’t picked out dining room furniture, but want to start with a lighting fixture, simply add the length and width measurements of the room together. The number you get is the right size diameter a chandelier should be. For example, if your dining room is 12′ x 12′, a 24″ diameter chandelier would look great.
But If you already have a table, it is more important to size the chandelier to the table rather than the room. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your chandelier is one-half to three-quarters the width of your table.
For the right hanging height, position the bottom of the chandelier about 30-32 inches above the table, adjusting to work with the size of the table and the overall scale of your space.
Once you’ve determined the size of the chandelier you need, it’s important to ensure it casts the right amount of light to create a warm, soft glow over your delicious feast. A dimmer switch is a great addition to help adjust lighting as needed. Since the dining room table can serve many functions, a dimmer will allow you to create a brighter more directly lit space to accommodate crafts, homework, etc when required.
Chandelier shades are another great option to allow for flexible styling and lighting. Easily switch up your look throughout the year— deeper and warmer tones for fall, lighter and cooler ones for spring.
Lastly, if you have room for a buffet in your dining room, consider wall sconces or small lamps on either side, this will ensure your food is well lit while allowing the table to be dimmer and cozier.
Pulling these tips together will make sure your space is perfectly lit for everyone to enjoy!
What are your favorite rules and guidelines to ways to light up your rooms?