Bright ideas to find the right light for din­ing room

The Palm Beach Post - Residences - - Residences Treasure Coast / North - Rose Ben­nett Gil­bert

Ques­tion: What kind of light­ing fix­ture works best above a din­ing ta­ble? And how high should we hang it? We are an in­for­mal fam­ily, so noth­ing too fancy — I mean, not a crys­tal chan­de­lier. Our fur­ni­ture is oak; it’s reproduction Vic­to­rian with pressed-wood de­signs.

An­swer: You have a wide range of choices in light­ing styles to suit your in­for­mal din­ing style: from a brass chan­de­lier with a num­ber of branches to a fix­ture made of stained glass, Mu­rano glass or turned wood.

For sheer drama, take a leaf from Pic­ture Per­fect by de­signer Scott San­ders. He lights up the pic­tured din­ing room with an as­ton­ish­ing stroke, an enor­mous lantern (from the de­sign stu­dio of Hol­ly­Hunt) that looks as if it was nabbed from the some city hall or court of law. Yet it’s in good pro­por­tion to the room and to the ta­ble; it’s the per­fect com­ple­ment to the elab­o­rately beamed ceil­ing.

It’s also a de­light­ful re­sponse to San­ders’ client, who asked the de­signer to come up with a “sexy” scheme for the din­ing room. Also on the list was lots of shine and shim­mer: hence the silk draperies, the mir­rored sil­ver side­board, and walls wrapped in glass cloth with sil­ver-painted flow­ers.

What­ever style of light­ing fix­ture you choose, be sure it’s prop­erly scaled to your roomand din­ing ta­ble — large enough to shed the right light for din­ing but not so large that it looms over the din­ers.

Rose Ben­nett Gil­bert is a Cre­ colum­nist.

This light­ing fix­ture here is el­e­gant, stylish and en­hances the classy vibe of the space.

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