Lighting the Dining Room
Are you planning on entertaining for the holidays? Take a look at the lighting in your dining room. Does it fit the bill?
If not, call your electrician! Here are some lighting tips I found from Real Simple, by Joyce Bautista.
“People’s biggest mistake with the dining room is getting all their light from overhead sources,” says New York City–based interior designer Bunny Williams. “It’s cold and not intimate.” She suggests counteracting this effect by dimming chandeliers and pendants to mimic the effect of candlelight.
Create a Centerpiece. If it’s too low, your hanging light will distract your guests. Too high and it will seem disconnected from the table. Ideally, the bottom of a chandelier or a pendant should be about 30 inches above the tabletop, says Ace Hardware spokesman Lou Manfredini.
Strike a Balance. “To give some sense of the room outside that central pyramid of light, punctuate the walls with sconces,” advises Bentel. (Candlestick lamps on a sideboard work, too.) Sconces should be mounted between 5½ and 6 feet high on the wall, says Williams.
photo by: Jeff McNamara, info from: Real Simple,
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Outstanding post! Great tips on the chanelier
Wow-This is serious stuff! Our condo breaks every rule, with heinous overhead track lighting! Hopefully someday we will have a home of our own with a beautiful chandelier! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving girl!
Yes I am and no it doesn't! I'm currently shopping for something to replace our current fixture!
great lighting tips! one of the tougher design classes I took.
very good lighting tips! I too am shopping for a new chandelier… some sconces would be great too!
I'm currently shopping for something to replace our current fixture!
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