The dining room is the most important section of the house. It is the place where the entire family bonds over meals. Proper lighting sets the mood and ambience of the most special room in the house. The most favored are the lights which create a soft and soothing aura. For this it is important to achieve a balance of illumination as very bright lights can be harsh on the eye, while very dim lights will hamper visibility and make the room appear dark and dreary. Dining room chandeliers should ideally have a dimmer switch so that the dining room can be used for a gamut of activities ranging from romantic dinners to a study area for the kids.
There are numerous options for lighting of the dining room but the chandeliers are an all time favorite as they add elegance and dignity to the room. A chandelier attracts attention and is the focal point of the dining room. It is important that the chandelier not only works well with the décor scheme, but also is of appropriate size. Sometimes, a dining room requires more than a chandelier for proper illumination and might require layered lighting. If the dining room is large, it may require more than one chandelier to illuminate the area. The width of the chandelier should be approximately a foot less than the width of the table at its widest point. This ensures that people do not injure themselves while getting up from their seats.
Positioning the chandelier
Selection of dining room lighting should ideally begin with a chandelier. The chandelier should be placed in the middle of the room. If accent lights are used, these must be worked around the chandelier without drawing attention away from the chandelier. Large chandeliers add character to any sized room. They can be fixed high up without any scope for causing any injury to anyone. The chandelier determines the ambience and in today’s diverse décor styles, chandeliers lend elegance to the most casual or contemporary homes.
Design of chandeliers
The beauty and design of the chandelier must be given more importance the quality of light. Available options of chandeliers include everything from those with exposed bulbs to those with large alabaster diffusing bowls. Design trends range from simple mica glass models to ornate brass filigree with crystal pendants. Chandeliers are available in various materials such as brass, aluminum, wrought iron, metal combinations etc. Each of them have a unique finish and have to be chosen in accordance to the décor scheme of the dining room.