What are the best dining room lights?
Dining room lighting is quite simple and linear, but in this article I’m going to show you some tips on how to make it special.
I’ll show you which devices to use, where to place them and which colors to choose to enhance your dining area, in order to encourage conviviality and illuminate the table flawlessly.
What lighting to choose for a dining room
For your dining room, a chandelier as a general light source is an almost obvious choice, as it allows you to illuminate and decorate at the same time.
For this reason I also love the look that two chandeliers or two suspensions give on a dining table if it is large enough.
In the dining room I recommend making the chandelier, or chandeliers, the brightest light in the room, so that it catches the eye. Also make sure to equip it with a dimmer to adjust the light intensity and create the desired atmosphere according to your needs.
As a secondary light source, the best choice to combine with the chandelier are the appliques on the walls, perhaps placed next to paintings that you may have hanging in the dining room.
Furthermore, if you have space problems, I strongly recommend the use of one or maximum two mirrors that will guarantee you greater depth in the room, so as to make it seem larger and brighter.
Lights in the dining room, where to place them?
Once the devices to illuminate the dining room have been chosen, let’s move on to where to place them to make them perform at their best and ensure adequate lighting.
For the chandelier or suspension, I suggest you hang it so that the lowest point is between 30-34 inches (76 – 86 cm) above your table, adding 3 additional inches for each additional foot of ceiling. So as not to be annoying when moving around the table and at the same time being able to illuminate the dishes well.
For sconces I recommend installing them so that the light source of the sconce is generally between 66 to 72 inches (168 – 183 cm) from the finished floor.
For directional recessed can lights aim to have a 30 degree angle on the fixture to the artwork for optimal lighting.
What is the difference between a spotlight and a chandelier?
LED spotlights, even if on the market for many years, are still erroneously considered an innovative choice, they are useful but must be used wisely otherwise there is a risk of having a monotonous and banal effect.
Their structure means that they fit especially in small houses with very low ceilings or to highlight some specific point as accent lighting.
For its part, the chandelier has always existed, and over the years it has evolved following the most disparate fashions and designs.
The chandelier, unlike the spotlight, is a lighting body that has the function of a furnishing element and often also becomes the focal point of the room, attracting the attention of guests.
Therefore, in an environment such as the dining room, the living room and the kitchen island, the chandelier is still the number one choice for architects and interior designers, necessarily chosen on the basis of the interior style.
While the recessed spotlights, directable or not, are perfect for corridors, the bathroom or to be used as a complement to the chandelier, so as to avoid shadow areas that could be left by the latter.
Enhance the table, which furnishings to choose to bring out the lights?
The dining table is one of the areas of the house that requires more light, to allow everyone to see the items placed on the table clearly and to encourage conversation.
The table can then be enhanced with elements that can bring out the light from the chandelier, such as silverware, where candlesticks, cutlery and fruit bowls will increase the luminous reflection.
Furthermore, I also advise you to evaluate the use of a small green plant in the centerpiece which enhances the chromatic nature of the light and is always well seen in the world of interior design.
Extra tip: what colors to match the table?
The lighting of the table in the dining area must be chosen with great care, for this reason I want to give you some advice on which color to opt for your chandelier based on the material with which the table is made.
With a marble table, my favorite option to enhance this splendid material falls on a plain black or white chandelier, or with some gold inserts that could give a further touch of class and refinement to the marble.
For a glass table, the perfect combination will be with a crystal chandelier so as to obtain a refined and elegant stylistic continuity, or in colored crystal based on the details that you may have in the table.
If you have a rustic wooden table, the perfect combination of colors will be obtained with a crystal and gold chandelier, if the table is made of light wood, I recommend a chandelier with full colors such as amber, smoky or red.
With this I’m done.. I hope I have been helpful in understanding how to illuminate a modern or classic dining room, keeping faith with the design of your home.
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