Tips to use Light Fixtures in Dining Room Decor

You might think of an intimate tete-a-tete with your beloved, and the dining table becomes a romantic setting. You could just as well have friends over on a holiday, and have fun around the dining table. Food is a great communicator and facilitator of warm relationships. In this backdrop, it is worth taking pains and spending on light fixtures to add to the dining room décor and create the right mood.

dining light pendants

The dining table is where the family gets together and spends quality time. The food is just as important as the moment in time when people share experiences of the day along with food and come closer. If you are entertaining guests, the meal is the highlight of the evening and no doubt your dining table and the food on it will serve to impress.

You might think of an intimate tete-a-tete with your beloved, and the dining table becomes a romantic setting. You could just as well have friends over on a holiday, and have fun around the dining table. Food is a great communicator and facilitator of warm relationships. In this backdrop, it is worth taking pains and spending on light fixtures to add to the dining room décor and create the right mood.

Rule No. 1: Do not have just one lighting. Install light fixtures to create virtually any mood you want.

Rule No. 2: you don’t have to follow rules but only draw inspiration.

The crystal chandelier

glass chandelier

  • If you throw a sumptuous dinner party for your friends or your boss or colleagues, and wish to impress not only with food but also with décor, then dazzle them with a chandelier.
  • A crystal chandelier overhead is fabulous but any chandelier with a number of candle type filament bulbs, will create a bright, cheerful atmosphere.

Family dinners

  • You do not need a chandelier for family dinners unless it is festive.
  • Light fixtures on the walls that cast an overall warm glow will help create a warm, cozy atmosphere.
  • Highlight the food with a down lighting fixture to put it in focus.

Intimate, tete-a-tete

  • If it is just dinner for two, then have just indirect lighting in the dining room for visibility. For the dining table use a down lighter pendant that lights up the table and the food on it, but one that does not throw light directly on the eyes or face.
  • If you use a down light fixture that can be lowered to below head height, it is good.
  • An alternative is to use a central table lamp with a shade that lights up the table but not your eyes. Your faces will be lit up in the warm reflected glow, and create just the right mood for intimacy. Another option is spotlight or track and rail lights that allow you to direct light precisely where you want.

Friends and party time

Light up the dining room by switching on the chandelier and wall fixtures to flood the room with light. The more light there is, the merrier and festive the atmosphere will be to put everyone in the mood for fun.

  • Use halogen bulbs or incandescent lamps for your dining room light fixtures.
  • Use dimmers that help you control intensity to just the right level.
  • Avoid fluorescent tube lights and compact fluorescent lamps
  • Use modern LEDS with controllers. You can even buy RGB LED lamps with a controller that helps you set not only the intensity, but also the color you want for your dining area.

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by Sandesh Dhanraj, on December 15, 2016