The dining room holds a special place in the hearts of homeowners; more than just a place to dine, it is the one place in any home that gathers people together and fosters an environment of interaction and thus, it is only fitting that the dining room must have an inviting and warm atmosphere.
One of the quickest and simplest ways to make the dining room conducive not only for eating but also for spending quality time with loved ones is having the perfect lighting system.
Lighting creates the dining room's general mood, and a beautiful dining room chandelier is the perfect way to start.
Long gone are the days when a single chandelier can cost an arm and a leg. With the availability of an infinite number of materials and designs today, any room in your home can be adorned with beautiful chandeliers without breaking the bank.
The dining room is typically a simple room with a dining table, chairs, and maybe a lamp or two. When you buy furniture, you'd have to consider their quality, durability, and whether or not they match the general theme of your interiors.
Choosing your chandelier, however, is a different story. Since you won't actually be touching the chandelier, except for cleaning purposes, you can be more adventurous with your choices. For high quality pieces, they can last beyond a lifetime, which makes them a wise lighting investment.
The most common chandelier styles used in dining rooms are pendant and crystal chandeliers. Crystal chandeliers are perfect if you want to add drama and elegance to the room. They match almost every interior theme - whether it be traditional, modern, or eclectic.
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Pendant chandeliers, however, have a more modern appeal and are great for contemporary homes, as well as homes with minimal aesthetics.
Shell or capiz chandeliers, as well as pieces that use fabric for shades are not ideal. Shells or capiz materials may become brittle as time goes by, and you wouldn't want them falling on your plates at dinner. Fabric shades easily absorb dust and dirt, which means you'd have to wash them often to prevent dust build-up from falling on your dining table.
If you don't know what style to choose, take a cue from the general theme of your home, or even just the overall look of your dining room. If you have a round dining table, then a spherical or round chandelier is ideal since it echoes your table's shape. If you have a grand rectangular table, then an equally grand crystal chandelier is suitable.
Chandeliers for the dining room serve both functional and decorative purposes. In terms of brightness, a warm tone that makes the room relaxing is most ideal but when you have kids, brighter lighting may be more appropriate.
A chandelier that fills the dining room with light is not recommended since it may be too bright for the people who are sitting near it. The best solution is to incorporate other light fittings to provide your dining room with the most ideal lighting system.
A chandelier can serve as the central character of a system of lights, wherein it illuminates the dining table, while standing lamps can light up the room's corners.
Add a touch of sophistication to your dining room by simply placing a chandelier in the middle of the space. Use this guide for tips, but listen to your intuition when choosing the perfect style to complete the overall atmosphere of the room.