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