Dinnertime just got 10 times better.
Most dining rooms are traditionally stately spaces, reserved for family dinners and entertaining friends. But that doesn't mean boring decor is going to cut it. Make your entertaining space equally as fun as the dinners you hold, with the right light fixture that elevates your dining space, making it more refined and festive than ever before.
Choose from classic chandeliers, understated pendants or sculptural pieces for a truly statement-making fixture that will make your dining area the perfect spot to celebrate and connect. Check out these 20 inspired dining room lights for a few bright ideas.
In her Milan dining room, American fashion writer J.J. Martin placed a circular 1970s Italian light fixture over a 1940s parchment-covered Italian table. The circular fixture illuminates the space in a creative way.
A pair of 1960s light fixtures hangs in the dining room of a Manhattan townhouse, which was designed by decorator James Aman and architectural firm Leroy Street Studio. The sculptural lights complement the brass fixtures on the table below.
In Madrid, this dining room’s red parchment walls, carpet and the Tony Duquette fabric used for the tablecloths are all by Gastón y Daniela. The vintage chandeliers, from Retiro Mobiliario, create defined seating areas in the large dining room.
In a Brooklyn townhouse, the mid-century modern light is a simple accent next to the colorful Moroccan rug and pattered Brian Paquette wallpaper.
In the dining room of a weekend house designed by Delphine Krakoff in Katonah, New York, the custom undulating fixture ceiling light is by Apparatus, creating an interesting architectural element.
For a dining room in Washington, D.C., Darryl Carter designed an origami-inspired glass-and-steel light diffuser with artist Margaret Boozer. This light serves as both a functional and sculptural piece.
In Paris’ gritty 10th arrondissement, this chic dining room features a pair of 1930s French chairs that are upholstered in an African wax print fabric, a set of Louis XVI dining chairs in a Sanderson fabric and a ceiling fixture by Michael Anastassiades. Tip: Use modern lighting as an anchor for a space that is dominated by antiques.
In this South Carolina dining room, a chandelier does double duty as a clock. This functional and stylish element is a timeless piece — pardon the pun.
In this dining room in Northern France, the walnut table is Louis XVI, the mahogany dining chairs are circa-1820 and the 19th-century brass chandelier is Flemish. The space is evidence enough that mi decor from a variety of eras isn't just acceptable, it's preferred.
Fashion editor Jackie Astier had the dining room walls of her family’s Manhattan apartment painted with 10 coats of lacquer. The table is made from a pair of 1970s brass bases she found on eBay, the ’40s French chairs are upholstered in a Lelievre velvet and the rug is by the Rug Company. A jeweled chandelier is one of many luxe elements in this dining room.
The dining room table in this West Village loft is poured concrete and steel, the 1960s chairs by Steiner are covered in a Castel fabric and the light fixture from the same era is by Barovier & Toso. Although large, this fabulous light fixture is not overpowering.
In an Oakland, California, home, the dining room’s antique farm table was given a new lacquer finish, and the chairs were re-covered in a Katie Leede stripe and a Holland & Sherry houndstooth. The simple pendant light is by Kartell, adding a fun and contemporary look.
In this dining room in Florence, two simple lamp shades serve as the main light source. The sleek burgundy pendant lights here are a custom design.
In the dining room of this Monte Carlo apartment, the Sputnik ceiling light is by Fedele Papagni. It serves as a focal point for the open and airy space.
In a Gramercy Park apartment, the dining room’s Côté France chairs are backed in a Christopher Hyland fabric, with seats in a Kravet velvet. The chandelier is a custom design made to accentuate the elegance of the room.
On the Upper West Side, the dining table and banquette, upholstered in a Maharam mohair, are custom designs. Above is a whimsical sculptural chandelier finished in gold. The swivel chairs are by Koi and the painting is by Allen Anthony Hansen.
The 19th-century furnishings in this Paris pied-à-terre dining room include a French table of walnut and rosewood, a set of Flemish dining chairs and a gilded-bronze chandelier, which reflects off the walls, clad in antiqued mirrors and hand-painted in a floral design.
The dining room’s Julian Chichester chairs are covered in Lulu DK and Rose Tarlow Melrose House fabrics in this Long Island farmhouse. The stylish 18th-century pendant light is French and the curtains are of a fabric by Eskayel.
In Amanda Seyfried's Catskills dining room, the petite sconce is from , and the larger, more modern pendant lights are from . They are a chic addition to the rustic decor.
In his Paris apartment, designer Christopher Noto gives free rein to his love of Asian furniture, artifacts and handicrafts, without shortchanging classic French style. The golden globe shines in an otherwise understated space.