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To get the scale right,

fol­low the lead of de­signer Taniya Nayak: “Add the room’s length

and width in feet. That num­ber in inches is the di­am­e­ter of your light fix­ture.” (15 feet long + 10 feet wide = 25-inch-di­am­e­ter fix­ture.)


Check the to­tal length of the light to con­firm it will hang 66 inches above the floor. That should leave the ideal

3 feet be­tween the light and the table­top.


Choose one that’ll ex­tend 24–36 inches past the table so all four legs of a chair pulled

out are on it. Scan la­bels for terms like flat weave or low pile. “The din­ing room is not the place for shag,” Nayak

says. “I’m look­ing for easy-clean rugs, usu­ally de­scribed as in­door/ out­door or made from


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