Top 5 Tips For Lighting A Dining Room

Whether contemporary or traditional, casual or formal, there are many elements you’ll want to consider if you want to create a beautiful and functional lighting scheme to enhance your dining space no end. Or, you could just dive in head first and risk ending up with a dark, uninviting room you’ll want to deny (much like your webbed-toed, inbred cousin, Milton). The choice is yours, we just thought we’d offer you some advice in the hope that you ‘ll create a space you’ll enjoy for years to come.

1. Focus diners attention

Draw people in. Make the dining table the brightest spot in the room. Achieve this by hanging a chandelier or pendant directly above the table and try to limit the total wattage to 100. Low wattage globes will add to your guests comfort by ensuring they don’t feel excessive heat or find the lights too bright to unwind.

2. Size Matters

lighting-dining-room2Choose a fixture ½ to ¾ the width of the table. A fitting much larger than that will cause shadows on faces. Hang the light 36 to 48 inches above the table

3. Location, Location, Location

lighting-dining-room3Position your chosen lighting directly above the middle of the dining room table. For an arresting look, hang the chandelier approximately 75-90cm above the table (based on a standard 2.4m high ceiling). The lower the height, the more intimacy you’ll create, whilst a higher position is better suited to standing toasts.

4. Set The Mood

lighting-dining-room-set-the-moodConsider a dimmer to change the mood and save energy.

Elsewhere in the room, indirect lighting is best—it’s relaxing and flattering. Give the space a subtle glow with a pair of small table lamps on a sideboard or matching sconces on the wall above. Battery-powered votives inside a glass-fronted cabinet can add an intimate touch. Use clear bulbs (instead of frosted ones) to ensure maximum light refraction and reveal a rainbow of colour through chandelier crystal.

5. Use A Professional

use-a-professional-lighting-companyAvoid costly mistakes – use a professional. Chandeliers must be installed by qualified electrical professionals with specialist lighting knowledge and expertise. A reputable company will be skilled in assessing the suitability of your chosen fitting for your ceiling’s structure and identify and install the correct support fixings.