One of the easiest ways to cheer up any room is to change the lighting. More often than not, homes come with boring stock lighting that makes the entire room look dull. This includes the lighting in the dining room, the one place in the house that is centered around entertainment, conversation, and food.
Since dining rooms are smaller rooms than, say, your living room or kitchen, having a centerpiece that stands out is key to helping the room appear inviting. If you find that the boring brass pendant above your head is enough cause to move dinner elsewhere, check out the following lights that can instantly perk up your room.
One of the more iconic forms of dining room lighting, chandeliers bring a sense of sophistication and elegance to any room. These days you can opt to find a classic design that will make your diners think they are in an episode of Downton Abbey or one that has a sleeker, more modern look. Chandeliers do, however, have a reputation for appearing fussy and monstrous, so consider the overall size (both height and width) and style before settling on one.
Perhaps one of the most versatile forms for the dining room, the pendant can be found in multiple designs, shapes, and the number of lights included can vary. An oversized pendant with a shade or surrounded by eclectic materials can function as the statement piece your room needs without making the room appear overdecorated. If you like a particular design, you can install several evenly spaced single pendants across a long table to introduce pattern into the room’s design.
If you’re instead looking for a light source that is both beautiful and out of the way, you may want to look into flush mount lighting which is installed against the ceiling. This can also be a great option if your dining room happens to have a low ceiling. Unlike the stock versions that typically come with a new home, these do not have to be bland and can easily replicate chandelier and pendant styles without having to worry about height.
If you decide that instead you want non-intrusive lighting for your dining room, consider choosing recessed lighting. These lights sit within the ceiling, deliver a beautiful ambiance, and require little upkeep. Recessed lighting does require extra work to with installation if you want more than one light shining down and requires cutting into the ceiling.