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Our Dining Room Lighting Ideas

Dining room light ideas can leave a lot of people a little stumped. When it comes to sprucing up your home, your dining room lighting really sets the scene. It’s the space for Sunday dinners with the family, board game nights with the neighbours, baby’s first Christmas lunch, where the kids do their homework, and where you can both head for a little glass of wine together when everyone is tucked up in bed. So you want this family hub to have dining room lighting to illuminate your memories by ensuring the room is well lit as well as decorative. From lighting over dining room tables to modern dining room light designs, here are some of our top dining room lighting ideas to kickstart your imagination!

Glass wall lamp

Vintage-inspired dining room lighting

Vintage-inspired dining room lighting can really set the tone of your room. From Victorian-style wall lamps that take inspiration from oil lamps to a chic nod to the seventies, mixing and matching between eras has never been easier. A mish-mash of eras works best when choosing between decades that sit beside each other. Think mixing the sixties mod wall lights with the seventies influences showcased in lighting over the dining room table. For turning back time even further, overlapping twenties art deco dining room wall lights with some table lights paying homage to the thirties and forties looks glamorous as well as elegant.

Modern dining room lighting

Minimalist yet sophisticated as well as sleek yet down to earth, modern dining room lighting trends create a warm home environment without making too much of a fuss. Less is more with modernism, and you can do more with less. Simple silver pendant lights or exposed bulbs over your dining table take a no-nonsense approach when it comes to complementing your interiors and can be reused even when you change your dining room decor. Alternatively, the unique vibes of geometric dining room lighting are attractive without being too loud or overpowering.

Ceiling pendant lights in a row
Ceiling pendant light with cut out design

Statement dining room lighting

Your dining area lighting is usually at the centre of the room, so why not make a statement with dining area lighting that’s unique? This particular aesthetic works wonders for dining rooms with neutral colour palettes and if you’re not much of a fan of clutter. Think of your statement dining room lighting as an art piece for guests to marvel at whether it’s dining room wall lighting or lighting over a dining room table.

Dining room lighting fit for royalty

If you’ve spent the lockdowns binge-watching Escape to the Chateau, you will fall head over heels amoureuse with this dining room lighting trend. Our chandelier dining room lights will make your dining experience a feast for your eyes and make you feel like a queen in the Chateau de Versailles. This particular style is a dining room lighting fixture full of contradictions; chandeliers are simultaneously opulent yet classy, subtle and delicate, yet flashy and bold. They’re both vintage and classic yet also timeless. If you’re looking for dining room lighting fit for royalty then chandelier lighting over a dining room table, like our candelabra designs, will create a period drama aesthetic fresh out of Pride & Prejudice while remaining modern.

Hanging chandelier candelabra

Our Top Tips for Lighting Your Dining Room

Consider Your Space

If you have a small dining area, it may be worth choosing small light fixtures. A large light fitting may over power the space you have, so a smaller design may be best for your lighting needs. When lighting a small dining room, stick to overhead or ceiling lights, rather than lamps which may take up floor space. Even if you don’t have a separate dining room, you can still create a space for enjoying your meals with a bar in your kitchen. For this style of dining, consider breakfast bar lights to create a casual dining area in your home.

If you are lucky enough to own a large dining room, then you can experiment a little with multiple light sources. A combination of pendants and lamps is a great way to light up a dining area and create the perfect atmosphere. Table lamps placed on sideboards or side tables are also worth trying if you have the luxury of space in your dining room.

Use More than One Ceiling Light

When lighting a lengthy dining room, most people tend to opt for one long ceiling light, but an alternative to this is multiple pendants. Instead of just purchasing one ceiling light, it might be worth installing two or three of the same design above your table. If you have a large table and want to create a high end feel, select a multiple of ceiling lights in the same design for a luxurious dining area.

Pro Tip – Remember to hang your over-table ceiling lights as low as you can to create a more luxurious feel in your dining room.

Statement or Subtle

When choosing lighting for a dining room, first consider whether you want your light to make a statement or whether you want it to blend seamlessly into the rest of your room. Once you have decided upon this, you can then look for either bold designs or subtle styles of light fittings. If you want your lighting to be the focal point of a room, then make sure the rest of your dining area isn’t overpowering. A bold ceiling light and a scene stealing dining table may be a little too much, so it might be worth choosing just one key feature for your spacee.

Spotlights for Focussed Lighting

When searching for dining room lighting ideas, remember to think about where you want to direct the light. If you want to focus light on a specific area of your dining room, then opt for spotlights or downlights. Recessed ceiling lights are a great way of directing light precisely where you want it. Adjustable downlights are also ideal for directional lighting, particularly if you want to change the direction of the light as and when needed.

Add Dimmable Lighting

Dimmable lighting will allow you to control the mood and atmosphere of your room, giving you the ability to choose how much light is spread across your dining space. A dimmable light is worth adding if you are going to be using your dining room for multiple purposes. With the ability to switch between bright, high wattage lighting to low, romantic lighting, a dimmer may be more what you are looking for when lighting your dining room.

Match Your Decor

When choosing a style of lighting, remember to look for designs that compliment your chosen decor. If you have opted for a modern look in your dining area, then search for sleek contemporary styles of fittings. If you have gone for a more retro feel in your room, then add a fixture that lends a nostalgic vibe. Choosing lights that match your current decor will help to bring together your dining room, helping to complete and create the perfect atmosphere.