As conscientious custom lighting services providers, Arie Designs suggests a few additional things to keep in mind when designing custom made chandeliers for dining rooms. As a first step, remember that a chandelier in the middle of the room defines the space. Choose that fixture first and the rest of the area can then
be worked out with accent lights. The diameter of the chandelier should preferably be 12″ less than width of table. The bottom of chandelier should be about 30″ above the table top. For ceilings nine feet or higher, consider a two-tier style chandelier to fill the space from the fixture’s top to the ceiling. Always use a dimmer on dining room lights. The ambience becomes warmer as the light is
dimmed. For those who use the dining room as a study area, consider bringing in a portable study lamp to brighten up the workspace. Overhead lighting may work well for general studies, but in depth or close work demands more light.
So-called “smart” dimmers, driven by microprocessors, offer more convenience and functional choice. When you have several layers of light, smart dimmers can be set to various ambiences. Press one button for dining, another for lighting up homework, a third for party-time, and so on. Use multiple layers of light in the dining room. Chandeliers provide the central focus. Accent lights on either side of the chandelier and at the room’s perimeter brighten things up. Accessory lights on and/or over other furniture pieces fill in the background. Table lamps add a soft, humanizing touch to a dining room. Display them on a buffet or breakfront.