Using the correct lighting in your dining room is crucial to creating an atmosphere around your table.
When looking at your dining room your table will more than likely be centered to your room making it your central focus point, therefore your lighting should be designed around your table complementing the décor design you have chosen for the space.
Depending on the size of the room & table you could add a chandelier or even a series of pendants keeping in mind your overall design. When choosing your lights they can be complemented by downlights should you require more light or if you would just like to add a layer of light to enhance your design. When hanging a pendant or a chandelier over your table be careful not too place them to high above the table as this will cause one feature to detract from another. Your chandelier or pendants should be hung between 750mm to 900mm above your table allowing your two features to complement and enhance one another.
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Should you have a small dining room table, look at placing one large pendant over your table. Going with a larger size pendant on its own will create the illusion that the space is larger, than what it is, called zoning. A large pendant focuses your eyes on the overall space rather than the size of the table. Dressing your table with your light is always a great idea as this allows your space to look complete even when it is not being used.
Should you have a large rectangular table you can dress your space with a large chandelier or even a series of pendants running central to your table. Think in odd numbers, 3’s or 5’s, making your space more visually appealing.
Why odd numbers? Even numbers create more symmetry while odd numbers create more interest. Odd numbers force your eyes to move around the grouping and by extending the room, it creates a more memorable finish to your design
Make a statement using a dimmer or separate switching, this will allow you to vary the light for every occasion creating flexibility of the space. When entertaining your guests make use of low lighting to create a more ambient mood and warm tone or flood the room for a casual work station.