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20 Gorgeous Dining Room Lighting Ideas

One of the key ingredients to a well-designed dining room is the right lighting. Top off your space with a designer-worthy fixture.

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Photo: Ashley Gilbreath. From: Ashley Gilbreath.

Treat Yourself

When designing for your family, especially if you have kids and pets, you have to take into account which fabrics and materials will stand up to the daily wear-and-tear. Not so with your dining room lighting. The piece is well out of the way of spills, sticky hands and muddy paws, so you can really splurge on a fixture you love.

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Photo: Greg Riegler Photography. From: Cheryl Kees Clendenon.

Work With the Curve

For round tables, opt for a round or organically shaped light fixture, like the branchy dazzler in this eclectic dining room. Rectangular fixtures create an odd juxtaposition that isn't pleasing to the eye.

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Photo: Ryan Garvin. From: Blackband Design.

Consider All Your Options

You're slightly more limited when selecting a light fixture for a round table, but long, rectangular tables have a myriad of options. Pick from a linear fixture that mirrors the table's shape, a row or grouping of pendants or a pairing (or trio) of chandeliers. This coupling of metallic chandeliers establishes a chic contrast against the eclectically cottage dining room.

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Photo: Grace Laird Photography. From: Ashley Moore.

Go Big

Light fixtures don't have to be dripping with crystals or have an elaborate silhouette to make an impact. This traditional chandelier is simple in structure yet conveys a fullness to the space because of its size. Bigger is always better when it comes to dining room lighting.

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