Lighting is such an important element of modern home decor. One of the spaces in your home where it can have a huge effect on the space is in your dining room, or dining area. Whether that’s a formal, standalone room, or a more informal arrangement in an open concept, your dining area is the perfect place to gather, share meals, stories and laughter. Creating an inviting space where people will want to linger doesn’t end when you find the perfect table and chairs.
Selecting the right type of lighting and lighting fixtures can help to set your dining room decor in the right direction – whether that’s modern or traditional; classy or rustic; formal or informal. Here are three dining room lighting ideas to get you started on creating your perfect space.
1. Dimmer Switches
When taking your dinner party from casual appetizers to delicious desserts the brightness of the ambient lighting will definitely need to be adjusted. Dimmer switches are an easy way to create different moods for your space, as well as accommodating the functional lighting needs of your gathering.
Dimmer switches are quite commonly used with recessed lights (also known as can lights, pot lights or down lights). Imagine a dimmed recessed light with an EzClipse recessed lighting shade attached to it, like the photo to the left – what a simple and cost-effective way to add a touch of elegance to your dining space.
2. Diffused Overhead Lighting
Selecting an appropriate over-light for your dining room is key to creating a space that naturally flows. Consider this; when sitting at the dining room table you are more than likely going to be eating and conversing. To ensure that you and your guests are comfortable, select a light fixture that has a diffuser. A diffuser is a piece of material that covers the bottom of the fixture to prevent the light from being too harsh.
If your dining area contains recessed lighting, may we suggest an item from the EzClipse Stylish line? It attaches to your existing light in seconds, and diffuses what can sometimes be a harsh light into a more palatable tone for your guests. It's the ideal way to diffuse recessed lighting.
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3. Sideboard Lighting
Just as you would select floor and table lamps as task lighting in a living room or bedroom, task lighting is equally important in a dining room. Sideboards are a great place to place table lamps to add extra lighting to the over all space as well as provide targeted lighting for serving meals. Why not get creative and use twinkle lights in jars to create a whimsical, unique look!