Lighting design: different style ideas for lighting above your dining table

Lighting design: different style ideas for lighting above your dining table

Alongside the obvious practical function of lighting, lighting design provides a further avenue to enhance a home’s aesthetics, emphasise its features – and hide any flaws.

Alongside the obvious practical function of lighting, lighting design provides a further avenue to enhance a home’s aesthetics, emphasise its features – and hide any flaws.
Dining table lighting can be statement or subtle, depending entirely on preference, so consider the extensive range of possibilities before settling on the scheme that suits best.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Alongside the obvious practical function of lighting, lighting design provides a further avenue to enhance a home’s aesthetics, emphasise its features – and hide any flaws.

Dining table lighting can be statement or subtle, depending entirely on preference, so consider the extensive range of possibilities before settling on the scheme that suits best. Pendant lighting is one of the most striking and effective options above a dining room table, akin only to a dramatic chandelier. 

Luxurious Mt Maunganui Home from FORTÉ
Luxurious Mt Maunganui Home from FORTÉ

What is the best pendant lighting for a dining room?

If the dining room is purely a place for socialising, then dimmer lighting, making use of shadows thrown from carefully positioned lampshades to add to the ambience may be a perfect option. Subtle lighting in a dining room is entirely appropriate, however, if your dining and kitchen areas are combined, then the best lighting for kitchens needs to also be considered.

Kitchen table lighting trends are broad. From cluster lights, to brass pendants, modern luxury chandeliers to sculptural light fixtures, each offers a different look and feel for the room and serves different purposes depending on personal needs and taste.

How to choose a light fixture for a dining room?

When choosing the perfect light fixture for a dining room or kitchen dining area the theme of the rest of the home should be incorporated. In a modern home, white kitchen lights or a glass globe pendant lighting may continue the theme, while for the more rustic or mid-century designs, consider hanging lights or a brown glass pendant for subtle flair.

The use of more traditional black, white or cement gray fixtures will offer tasteful elegance, complement most interior décor styles, and ensure the emphasis stays on the dining table and surrounding ornamental features.

House of Thresholds from Architecturepublic
House of Thresholds from Architecturepublic

How big should a chandelier be over a dining room table?

A chandelier should be an impressive talking point, but not so overwhelming that it completely dominates the room. Therefore, the general recommendation for over dining table lighting is for the fixture dimensions to be approximately one-third to one-half the width of the dining table.

A rectangular chandelier will compliment a rectangular dining table perfectly, producing a clean, crisp-lined feel that will enhance the orderly feel of dining space.

What is the proper height to hang a light over a dining room table?

While this is a matter of personal taste and desire, the standard height for hanging a chandelier or pendant lamp over a dining table is 75cm from the table.  

Top banner image credit: Super-Oh! / Delta Light from Inlite

Tomales Chandelier by McGuire Furniture From Cavit+Co
Tomales Chandelier by McGuire Furniture From Cavit+Co

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Lighting design: different style ideas for lighting above your dining table
Lighting design: different style ideas for lighting above your dining table

Lighting design: different style ideas for lighting above your dining table

Alongside the obvious practical function of lighting, lighting design provides a further avenue to enhance a home’s aesthetics, emphasise its features – and hide any flaws.

Alongside the obvious practical function of lighting, lighting design provides a further avenue to enhance a home’s aesthetics, emphasise its features – and hide any flaws.
Dining table lighting can be statement or subtle, depending entirely on preference, so consider the extensive range of possibilities before settling on the scheme that suits best.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Alongside the obvious practical function of lighting, lighting design provides a further avenue to enhance a home’s aesthetics, emphasise its features – and hide any flaws.

Dining table lighting can be statement or subtle, depending entirely on preference, so consider the extensive range of possibilities before settling on the scheme that suits best. Pendant lighting is one of the most striking and effective options above a dining room table, akin only to a dramatic chandelier. 

Luxurious Mt Maunganui Home from FORTÉ
Luxurious Mt Maunganui Home from FORTÉ

What is the best pendant lighting for a dining room?

If the dining room is purely a place for socialising, then dimmer lighting, making use of shadows thrown from carefully positioned lampshades to add to the ambience may be a perfect option. Subtle lighting in a dining room is entirely appropriate, however, if your dining and kitchen areas are combined, then the best lighting for kitchens needs to also be considered.

Kitchen table lighting trends are broad. From cluster lights, to brass pendants, modern luxury chandeliers to sculptural light fixtures, each offers a different look and feel for the room and serves different purposes depending on personal needs and taste.

How to choose a light fixture for a dining room?

When choosing the perfect light fixture for a dining room or kitchen dining area the theme of the rest of the home should be incorporated. In a modern home, white kitchen lights or a glass globe pendant lighting may continue the theme, while for the more rustic or mid-century designs, consider hanging lights or a brown glass pendant for subtle flair.

The use of more traditional black, white or cement gray fixtures will offer tasteful elegance, complement most interior décor styles, and ensure the emphasis stays on the dining table and surrounding ornamental features.

House of Thresholds from Architecturepublic
House of Thresholds from Architecturepublic

How big should a chandelier be over a dining room table?

A chandelier should be an impressive talking point, but not so overwhelming that it completely dominates the room. Therefore, the general recommendation for over dining table lighting is for the fixture dimensions to be approximately one-third to one-half the width of the dining table.

A rectangular chandelier will compliment a rectangular dining table perfectly, producing a clean, crisp-lined feel that will enhance the orderly feel of dining space.

What is the proper height to hang a light over a dining room table?

While this is a matter of personal taste and desire, the standard height for hanging a chandelier or pendant lamp over a dining table is 75cm from the table.  

Top banner image credit: Super-Oh! / Delta Light from Inlite

Tomales Chandelier by McGuire Furniture From Cavit+Co
Tomales Chandelier by McGuire Furniture From Cavit+Co

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Lighting design: different style ideas for lighting above your dining table

Lighting design: different style ideas for lighting above your dining table

Alongside the obvious practical function of lighting, lighting design provides a further avenue to enhance a home’s aesthetics, emphasise its features – and hide any flaws.

Alongside the obvious practical function of lighting, lighting design provides a further avenue to enhance a home’s aesthetics, emphasise its features – and hide any flaws.
Dining table lighting can be statement or subtle, depending entirely on preference, so consider the extensive range of possibilities before settling on the scheme that suits best.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Alongside the obvious practical function of lighting, lighting design provides a further avenue to enhance a home’s aesthetics, emphasise its features – and hide any flaws.

Dining table lighting can be statement or subtle, depending entirely on preference, so consider the extensive range of possibilities before settling on the scheme that suits best. Pendant lighting is one of the most striking and effective options above a dining room table, akin only to a dramatic chandelier. 

Luxurious Mt Maunganui Home from FORTÉ
Luxurious Mt Maunganui Home from FORTÉ

What is the best pendant lighting for a dining room?

If the dining room is purely a place for socialising, then dimmer lighting, making use of shadows thrown from carefully positioned lampshades to add to the ambience may be a perfect option. Subtle lighting in a dining room is entirely appropriate, however, if your dining and kitchen areas are combined, then the best lighting for kitchens needs to also be considered.

Kitchen table lighting trends are broad. From cluster lights, to brass pendants, modern luxury chandeliers to sculptural light fixtures, each offers a different look and feel for the room and serves different purposes depending on personal needs and taste.

How to choose a light fixture for a dining room?

When choosing the perfect light fixture for a dining room or kitchen dining area the theme of the rest of the home should be incorporated. In a modern home, white kitchen lights or a glass globe pendant lighting may continue the theme, while for the more rustic or mid-century designs, consider hanging lights or a brown glass pendant for subtle flair.

The use of more traditional black, white or cement gray fixtures will offer tasteful elegance, complement most interior décor styles, and ensure the emphasis stays on the dining table and surrounding ornamental features.

House of Thresholds from Architecturepublic
House of Thresholds from Architecturepublic

How big should a chandelier be over a dining room table?

A chandelier should be an impressive talking point, but not so overwhelming that it completely dominates the room. Therefore, the general recommendation for over dining table lighting is for the fixture dimensions to be approximately one-third to one-half the width of the dining table.

A rectangular chandelier will compliment a rectangular dining table perfectly, producing a clean, crisp-lined feel that will enhance the orderly feel of dining space.

What is the proper height to hang a light over a dining room table?

While this is a matter of personal taste and desire, the standard height for hanging a chandelier or pendant lamp over a dining table is 75cm from the table.  

Top banner image credit: Super-Oh! / Delta Light from Inlite

Tomales Chandelier by McGuire Furniture From Cavit+Co
Tomales Chandelier by McGuire Furniture From Cavit+Co

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