Shedding Some Light on the Dining Room

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Summer is typically a great season to start remodeling or renovating your home, due to the fact that there are not many holidays that occur during the season requiring large family gatherings. A BBQ here and there may ensue, but not at the level that Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter bring about. It’s never a bad idea to get a head start on sprucing up your dining area, especially if you’re the type to host these large gatherings. A great way to get some inspiration is to head to a home showroom nearby and check out all of the lighting fixtures that they offer. But before you put on your mask and head to your local lighting store, check out these tips for lighting your dining area:

Invest in a Dining Room Chandelier

Chandeliers are the pinnacle lighting appliance for dining rooms and work very well to bring the space together. Although chandeliers are often thought of as immaculate centerpieces, these elegant fixtures should match your taste without feeling overbearing. These strong, aesthetically-pleasing fixtures hang above dining room tables with ease and come in so many different styles, finishes, and sizes. Chandeliers are a beautiful way to add a high-class design element to your space, but keep in mind that its primary function is to provide light. Once hung, this fixture will undeniably create a more cohesive atmosphere for dining while offering some much-needed light. Local lighting stores offer so many options for you to choose from based on the design and price that you’re comfortable with and seeing these fixtures up-close and personal will give you a better idea of the size and style you’re willing to spend on. 

Not a Chandelier Fan? Go with Pendant Lighting

Although dining areas do not necessarily need a center focal point of lighting, it is a very common choice in today’s modern homes. If chandeliers aren’t your style, or if they’re not in your budget based on your taste, then don’t be afraid to add a string of pendant lights. Pendant lighting has become so budget-friendly while at the same time exhibiting chic, exquisite designs for any home. With pendant lights, the casing typically tends to be the biggest design element that requires deliberation. Whether your dining area works best with geometric casings, drum casings, or even an exposed bulb, these lights are sure to make your space look great. Normally, we see these lights arranged in groups of three, but depending on the size of your dining room or dining area, feel free to make a judgment call.  We always recommend searching for design insight online to have a better idea of what fits your style or head to your local lighting store for inspiration. Never be afraid to ask for advice on what will make your space pop! If hanging these lights yourself, ensure that you have all of the necessary pendant lighting supplies before taking on the project (same goes for chandeliers!) 

Finish Off with Accent Lighting

Upon hanging your light fixtures, you may still need some light to brighten up the space. You can balance out your chandelier or pendant lights with some accent lighting, such as sconces or recessed lights if the ambient lighting is not suitable enough. Recessed lights are such a popular option and for great measure; these lights do not take away from the center-piece, they can only spruce it up. If sconces are more your style, then have at it. Your local lighting showroom should be stocked with many wall sconce options. It may be beneficial to match your wall sconce finishes with the center-piece finish, so always keep that in mind or bring a few photos to aid your showroom consultant.  

Although the dining room is often seen on the same level as the kitchen, the two spaces may require completely different lighting options. Families around the country have resorted to only using the dining area for holidays, but with some new lighting, it may be time to bring the family back together to use the space year-round. Open floor plans have also become so popular in the modern era that some homes do not have a separate dining space; if this is the case then you may need to make some adjustments here and there to balance out your kitchen/dining space light-wise. Contact us today for any questions about finding the right light for your dining room or any area of your home!

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