Bright ideas to find the right light for dining room
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 Creators.com columnist.
This lighting fixture here is elegant, stylish and enhances the classy vibe of the space.