HOW TO CHOOSE A DINING ROOM LIGHT FIXTURE

A light fixture can change a room as quickly as a coat of paint. It's a perfect opportunity to add personality and class into your space. 


 

GET THE CORRECT LIGHT FIXTURE SIZE
 

Measure the length of the room (example 15') and the width (example 15').
Add those two numbers (30). That is your ideal size in INCHES.

CORRECT DINING ROOM LIGHT HANGING HEIGHT
 

The ideal hanging height is between 28" and 30" from the BOTTOM of the fixture to the TOP of the table. This may be adjusted due the size/shape of light and table.

This puts it at almost eye level when standing, but has enough clearance when you are sitting down — you can easily see the person across from you.

Think of a light fixture as art. Find one that reflects you
and your personality.


A dining room light fixture is a great place to break out of the same hardware finishes you have in your home. 
As long as it relates to something in your home, you can pick up another texture or finish.

A homeowner sent me this picture of her dining room with a 15 year old chandelier and her recent kitchen remodel.


The key to choose light fixtures that coordinate without being matchy-matchy is having at least one common element between fixtures — color, shape, finish, style.

This is a very transitional style kitchen update with bronze fixture in the kitchen.

I see vintage sliding doors in the hallway, and shimmery floor tile that has several colors in it. There is a lot of dark woods and the paint colors are fairly dark too, so I want to go lighter — add contrast.

Picking up on her current looking choosing a fixture that represents her look, I would look for:

1. Transitional. (not too modern or traditional)

2. Possibly a slight vintage feel/look.

3. Light/bright — everything is dark and heavy, go large and less visually heavy.

These are the 5 fixtures I chose for her dining room.

Simple & Sophisticated.
It has a nice fabric drum that is light and bright — definitely what this dining room needs. It's simple lines pick up the finishes throughout her home, yet it doesn't look heavy. 

Layered Look.
The shimmery shade and picks up the shimmer in the kitchen floor tiles. The color of the shade picks up the backsplash and countertops. Bringing colors from the kitchen to the dining room will unite the two spaces.

Large & Light.
The simplicity of this fixture is accentuated by its size. This fixture makes a statement without being loud and will allow for other decor items to stand out.

Modern Vintage.
This fun light fixture picks up the vintage-vibe she has in with her sliding doors. The color is picked up from her dining room curtains. The modern shape gives a nice twist on traditional candle-style bulbs.

This one is my favorite for her!
It picks up her backsplash and countertops, looks a little vintage, yet very modern. It's shimmery like her kitchen floor tile. It's very layered and full of classy personality.

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