Tricks to Sizing Your Dining Room

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Working for Bellacor made me realize how much there is to consider when buying furnishings for your dining room. Not only do you have to worry about budget, color, and personal taste, you also have to consider size.
Figuring out the best size table and the perfectly proportioned fixture for your needs can be confusing. Here are the tips I use to direct people to their best pieces.

Sizing Your Dining Table

The table is the heart of the dining room. Whether you use your dining room for every meal, or only special occasions, the following tips will help you choose the most functional table for any space.
1. Make sure you have a clearance of 42”- 48” around your table. This will allow enough room for seating as well as traffic flow.
• If you have a small dining room, consider using a round table. Not only does this
maximize your small space, but it also allows for a more intimate dining experience.
• Consider choosing a square table if you have a square room. This will give more
symmetry to your space and create a more put-together look.

2. Determine how many place settings you need. Each person will need about 24” of space.
• A rectangular table has as many place settings as it does feet. A 6’ table will sit 6 people, an 8’ table will sit 8 people, and so on.
• A round table’s place settings depend on what kind of base it has. A round table with a pedestal base has 1 more place setting than feet, and a table with legs has 1 less place setting than feet. For example, a 5’ pedestal table seats 6 while a 5’ table with legs seats 4.

3. Don’t forget about seat height! Look for chairs with a 16” seat height for a table that is 27” high. For tables between 28” and 30” high, use chairs with an 18” seat height.
• Don’t worry if you and your family are very tall or on the shorter side, these are just general tips. Play around with seat height until you find the one most comfortable for you!

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Sizing Your Light Fixture

Now that you’ve picked out your table, let’s move on to finding the perfect overhead lighting for you. While sizing your fixture might seem overwhelming at first, here are some tips you will find illuminating.

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1. The width of your chandelier should be three-quarters to one-half as wide as your dining table. Ideally, your fixture should be about twelve inches narrower than your table to prevent your more accident-prone guests from bumping their heads.
• If you have a long, rectangular table, consider using an island pendant instead of a traditional chandelier. A longer fixture will draw your eye down the length of the table.
• Try using pendants installed on an adjustable track if you have a dining table with a leaf. This lets your lighting expand as your table does.
• For those of you choosing lighting before your furniture, just add the length and width of your room together to determine the best width for your chandelier. A 10’x10’ room would have a chandelier 20” in width.

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2. Your lighting should hang between 30”- 32” above your table. If you have a ceiling more than 8’ high, add three inches for every additional foot. For example, if you have 12’ ceilings, hang your fixture between 42”- 44” from the table.
• Low hanging lighting over a table creates intimacy while high hanging lighting creates formality. Feel free to play around with your hanging height to best fit your style, but make sure to allow enough room to comfortably enjoy your food.
• Adding tall chandelier shades can help put your chandelier in proportion with high ceilings. Try using 12” chandelier shades for high ceilings.

3. Remember to consider the visual weight of your fixture. The shape and design of your chandelier has a big effect on your vertical space.
• Sleek, light fixtures look bigger and will help fill up dining rooms with high ceilings.
• Remember that traditional style chandeliers may look smaller in spaces because of their detailed design.
Now that you know how to size up when it comes to the dryer side of design, you can focus on the fun things like color and style!

About Jessica Olson

Jessica Olson is a Minnesota blogger who writes about home decor and interior design. She has a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.   She loves stories, pops of color, and a good joke.

Get the Restaurant Experience in your Home with Lighting

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There’s a reason why most people prefer to dine out for a special occasion or when they need a night of fun. Going to a nice restaurant with friends, family members or significant others often creates a sense of intimacy and specialness. It can also, however, get expensive. The good news is that you don’t always have to pay for an expensive meal to enjoy a special evening with loved ones. You can create an intimate dining experience right in your own home! All you have to do is rethink your dining room lighting strategy and follow these three tips.

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Hang up a chandelier

While many of us love to lounge in our sweatpants, it’s always fun to have a reason to get dressed up and look our best. When you’re feeling the urge to put on a nice dress and host a dinner party, it’s important that your dining room doesn’t feel overly casual. The right chandelier will add sparkle and drama to your dining room, and your evening will instantly feel more special.

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Install dimmers or use indirect lighting

Nicer restaurants typically set an intimate mood with soft, darker lighting. You can utilize this same technique by installing dimmers in your dining room or choosing to use indirect lighting. Dimmers work better than most options, because they allow you to change a room’s lighting whenever you want. So when you need a well-lit room during the day, all you have to do is adjust the dimmer switch.  The advantage of indirect lighting such as floor lamps and table lamps is the mobility of the lighting source and the ability to set up lighting in different areas to fit the specific dining experience.

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Decorate with candles

Once you dim the lights, it is usually best to have an additional light source so that you and your guests can see each other and your food more properly. Candles are the perfect solution for adding light because their soft glow adds even more ambience and can be used to create a more romantic setting.

With the right lighting plan in your dining room, you don’t have to dine out to enjoy a special evening with loved ones. Just put on your best outfit, pour a glass of red wine and then you’re good to go!

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How to Choose the Right Paint Color

PaintColor samplesIf you’ve ever spent any time at your local paint store or even in a hardware store that offers paint to customers you know how many different options and shades of each color are available. Considering that, it’s no surprise that many people don’t know where to begin when it comes to choosing the right paint color.

While there’s no definitive answer for every person and every home, there are some basic guidelines that can help you make appropriate choices. Typically, these guidelines can be applied to your home room by room, making sure your whole home ties together and maintains the right atmosphere throughout. Don’t forget about the lighting in the room as this will change how your color appears. Natural vs. electric light sources and the type they are – task, general, or ambient lighting will effect the color outcome.

Kitchen

Your kitchen is a room you likely spend a lot of time in, and it’s one where you probably spend time relaxing and feeling the pressure to get things done when entertaining or cooking for family. That’s why light and color is so important in this space.

You can’t go wrong with brighter colors in most kitchens, including colors like yellow, crisp white and even certain more saturated shades of colors like orange and cream, like the one below from Access Lighting. After all, the most important part of choosing a color for your kitchen is making sure it helps open up the space and give it energy, not enclose it.

Photo Credit: Access Lighting

Photo Credit: Access Lighting

Living Room

How you pick a color for your living room really depends on the type of living room you’re working with. A formal space need something different than a casual area where you spend time with family.

For a formal living room, choosing neutral colors that are soothing and refined like chocolate, cream, navy and beige are often ideal. For a room where you spend time with family those same colors can work, but you might want to soften the palate a bit and go for something a bit more playful – a royal blue instead of navy, perhaps.

Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

Dining Room

Your dining room is a space that you want to feel elegant yet comfortable, so paint color plays an important role in pulling off that effect. In most cases you’ll want to work with more neutral colors in the dining room, and colors like crème, beige and even shades of green or navy can work well.

However, for a more playful space, choosing lighter, less saturated colors like pastels can also work, especially if you live in a coastal region or nature is close at hand.

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is a space where you should be spending time relaxing and unwinding from stressful days. While many people use their bed as a second office, that isn’t the atmosphere you want to cultivate.

When picking out colors for your master bedroom, relaxation should be what you have in mind. Deep, saturated colors that are dark can help provide that – colors like deep greens or a plum/eggplant color. However, you can also choose softer colors like buttercream and even eggshell whites if you prefer a lighter space and still get the relaxing feeling you’re looking for.

Photo Credit: Craftmade Lighting

Photo Credit: Craftmade Lighting

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are all about getting ready for your day, but more and more, people are using them as a space to relax. If that’s you, choose natural earth tones for your bathroom and really focus on finding a color that feels natural and actually appears in nature.

If you spend most of the time in your bathroom rushing and getting ready, choose bright white, yellow or even a fun shade of green. What’s important for you is good lighting and not making the space feel claustrophobic.

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Choosing the right paint color for your space can feel ridiculously complicated, but the good news is that there really isn’t a right answer. While these suggestions can be helpful, anything that feels good to you is likely a wonderful decision for your home.

When picking paint, you’ll also want to consider the style of your home. A dining room in a home with Caribbean accents usually won’t want the same paint color as a home with Spanish revival details, so make sure you take that into consideration as well.

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10 must-have items to complete your dining room look

Do you have everything you need to complete the look of your dining room? Consider these 10 must-have items and give your dining room a stylish, put-together look.
1. The right-sized dining table: When picking out a dining table, consider how much space you have and how many people you need to sit. Do you have a small family, but like to entertain? Size-adjusting tables often come in handy when you need some flexibility.

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2. Chairs that make a statement: Dining chairs are more than a place to sit. They can also revamp your room’s interior design and give it a more interesting style! Look for chairs that really stand out and add some visual interest to your dining room. If you have room, remember that you may also have side chairs or accent chairs, not just dining room chairs.

3. A buffet or china cabinet: If you have enough space in the dining room, a stylish buffet or china cabinet can be very useful. Use either to store dishware, display decorative items or to serve food.

4. A beautiful rug: A large area rug will add warmth to your dining room and make it cozier. Make sure the rug is large enough so that people can scoot their chairs without damaging the hardwood floor.

5. A stand out chandelier: Whether your dining room is formal or not, a chandelier can have a dramatic impact. Install a chandelier that matches your dining room’s style – you’ll be amazed at the difference one light fixture can make!

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6. Dimmers: Depending on the time of day and the occasion, you may want to change the lighting. Dimmers allow you to create the exact mood you want at any given time.

7. Stylish linens: From the tablecloth to the place-settings, stylish linens can play a big part in your dining room’s interior design. Be sure to consider them carefully so they match the overall style of the room.

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8. Chic drapes: Whether you have several windows or a bay window, use drapes as a window treatment. Drapes covering the windows are a great way to add a soft elegance and some color to the dining room.

9. A simple, yet elegant centerpiece: Candles and flowers make a sophisticated centerpiece that looks great in any dining room.

10.  Interesting wall décor: Don’t forget to decorate your walls! Abstract artwork and mirrors will add just the right amount of unique interest to your room.

Photo Credit: Fireside Lodge Furniture

Photo Credit: Fireside Lodge Furniture

Ready to update your dining room’s design? Give it a complete look by adding these 10 must-have items.

Formal vs. Casual Chandeliers: What’s the Difference?

It’s hard to imagine a chandelier as being “casual.” You probably imagine most chandeliers to be large and ornate, decorated with beautiful crystals and many light bulbs. While these formal chandeliers are still popular, the trend in chandelier styles has changed drastically. Now designers create chandeliers to meet our contemporary needs, and they’re still just as stylish!

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When picking out a chandelier, it is important that the design of the chandelier matches the style of the room. You don’t want a formal chandelier installed in a casual area. Most of the time, just looking at a chandelier will tell you what style it is, but it’s also helpful to have an idea of what characteristics make a chandelier formal or casual.

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Photo Credit: Beautiful Things

Formal Chandeliers

Rarely do we find the large crystal chandeliers you see in old movies, but crystal chandeliers don’t have to be quite as large to be considered formal. They don’t even need to be crystal! Brass or iron chandeliers also present an elegant, formal style that instantly makes a room look more sophisticated. Sometimes it’s even the design of the chandelier that lends a classy appearance. The more graceful tiers and bulb or candle holders the chandelier has, the dressier it tends to look.

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Casual Chandeliers

Casual chandeliers come in a variety of styles, shapes and materials. Generally though, casual fixtures are created with simpler lines and less-over-the-top designs than a formal chandelier would have. If you have a room that would benefit from a chandelier (and what room wouldn’t?), but needs a more laid-back design, try hanging up a wooden chandelier or one that has smaller covered lamps. Simple chandeliers can still look unique and add style to any room, but won’t look out of place in a casual and relaxed environment.

What room in your home could use a chandelier? Browse through our selection of chandeliers and find the perfect level of simplicity or complexity that looks best in your room.

5 Places you can now Install a Chandelier

If you love chandeliers, but feel you don’t have the “proper” place to install one, then we have good news for you. Thanks to recent design trends and the fact that many of today’s homes are less formal than before, chandeliers can be used in any room of the house. That’s right – no longer are chandeliers reserved just for the dining room or the foyer. Now there are casual, elegant, and modern designs to fit in with any style of room. Here are just 5 unique places you can now install a chandelier:

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1. Over the bed: Want to give your master bedroom a more romantic and elegant feel? Well, one of the simplest ways to transform the look of the bedroom is to install a chandelier right above the bed. Depending on your bedroom’s design, there are many styles of chandeliers that could work including crystal chandeliers or fixtures with soft-glow bulbs.

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2. Outdoors: Out of all the places you might have considered installing a chandelier, you probably never thought of outside! With a chandelier hung up on your patio, you can enjoy a nice meal and a glass of wine with family or friends. If you have a front porch with a couch or chairs, create a relaxing atmosphere by installing a casual chandelier. If you have to use a chandelier that operates on candles, use flameless candles for better safety.

Classic Lighting Via Firenze Silver Plate Four-Light Mini-Chandelier with Sapphire Crystal Accents

3. Walk-in closet: A walk-in closet has a way of making a room feel luxurious and now you can make it appear even more lavish by hanging up an elegant chandelier. While you might choose to install an elegant and classy chandelier, make sure it isn’t too big so that it gets in the way. A walk-in closet may be bigger than your average sized closet, but it still isn’t as large as most rooms.

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4. In the bathroom: Create a relaxed atmosphere in the bathroom by installing a chandelier above the bathtub. The soft glow of the chandelier will make long, hot baths even more enjoyable and you’ll come out feeling refreshed.

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Photo credit: Geuhne-Made

5. Over the kitchen island: Just because the kitchen is a highly functional room, doesn’t mean you can’t make it stylish! Try installing several mini chandeliers over the kitchen island or just one large chandelier to give the kitchen a more unique look. Friends and family will be more drawn to the island countertop and it will become the heart of the kitchen.

Where in your home can you install a chandelier? Try out one or more of these ideas and add some style to your home!

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Choosing Wisely: How to Select the Right Chandelier for Your Home

A chandelier, suspended over the dining table, not only serves as an ornate decorative element that creates an elegant atmosphere, it can also be the focal point of the room.  A dimmable chandelier can create different moods, from a soft glowing atmosphere to one that is bright and conducive to a variety of tasks.  Choosing the right chandelier for a room can be tricky, as a variety of considerations come into play.  Aside from choosing the most visually appealing chandelier design for the space, the size of the room, the size of the table, the mounting height, and the wattage are all important to consider.

  • Size of the Room: Fitting the chandelier to the proportions of the room will help significantly in enhancing the visual appeal of the space.  Simply add the length and width of the room in feet to get the diameter of the chandelier in inches.  For example, a 12-by-20 foot room would ideally need an approximately 32-inch chandelier like the Aberdeen by Hudson Valley Lighting, which features lofty stems and rich, pleated fabric shades for a contemporary appeal.

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  • Size of the Table: Of key importance when it comes to choosing a chandelier is the size of your dining table.  A good rule of thumb to follow is to measure the table’s smallest width and then choose a chandelier that is 12-inches less in diameter than that width.  Access Lighting offers plenty of versatility when matching to different table designs and features laser cut metal and frosted glass for a contemporary/modern look.

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  • Mounting Height: When it comes to the mounting height, the key thing to remember is that the bottom of the chandelier should not interfere with the movement or sight line of the people sitting at the table.  In most cases, the measurement should be 36-inches from the top of the table.  It’s simple to adjust the mounting height with a fixture like the Inertia by Corbett Lighting, which impresses with crystal and polished stainless prisms, and a silver leaf finish.

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  •  Wattage:  When it comes to wattage, the total wattage of all the chandelier bulbs should be 200-400 watts to provide sufficient light.  However, keep in mind that shading affects the maximum wattage of a chandelier.  Ideally, a dimmer switch should be used to control the wattage and create the desired mood and atmosphere.

Follow the simple guidelines above to achieve exceptional results when choosing a chandelier for your home.

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Adorn your home with chandeliers

An evening out is a fun opportunity to get dressed up and look your best. Before heading out the door, you might take a look in the mirror and notice something missing. Jewelry can be that “something extra” that completes an outfit and helps your beauty shine even more. What jewelry can do for a person’s appearance is what chandeliers can do for your interior design. Think of chandeliers as being the jewelry that helps your home shine.

Photo Credit: Craftmade Lighting

Photo Credit: Craftmade Lighting

Just like a big diamond ring or necklace, big chandeliers are dramatic and make a statement. To create an impressive dining room, hang an exquisite chandelier decorated with crystals right above the table. Every night, dinner with the family will feel like a special occasion. If you’re looking for something to stand out, but don’t feel an elegant chandelier really fits in with the room’s style, an unusual or unique looking fixture works just as well at grabbing people’s attention and will take a room’s look to the next level.

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Not all jewelry shouts for attention and not all chandeliers are meant to look luxurious or grand. Chandeliers are now being used in other rooms besides the dining room or foyer, which has created the need for more modern and sometimes subtle designs. If you want a fixture that makes a room look complete, but still blends in with the rest of the décor, select a design that’s simple, yet interesting. The Hendrik Old Bronze Five-Light Chandelier creates an interesting design element, but won’t overpower a room and look out of place.

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Hang up a chandelier to give your interior design the something extra that it needs to look its best.

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The art of lighting

Lighting is often overlooked in interior design and it shouldn’t be. If you’ve spent an ample amount of time decorating your home, don’t you want each room to look its best? The right lighting allows you to see clearly, creates an inviting atmosphere and highlights design elements you want to feature.

Living room

Living rooms are multi-purpose rooms and therefore require a variety of lighting options. While you want the living room to be bright and inviting during the day, a softer light would be appreciated after a stressful day at work. Install dimmers to make your overhead lights work for different situations. With just a tiny adjustment, a bright and well-lit room can instantly soften and darken for a movie night.

Hinkley Lighting Zelda model

Hinkley Lighting Zelda model

For areas where you often work, read or do hobbies, incorporate task lighting. A lamp next to your couch will allow you to get the light you need when you need it.

Dining room

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The dining room table is the focal point of any dining room. Draw even more attention to the table with a decorative chandelier or pendant light fixture. Low lighting is perfect for dinner parties or family meals; consider the Hinkley Carlton  Chandelier to add beautiful lighting and elegant style to the dining room.

Kitchen

You will want to see clearly when preparing food so make sure you have a well-lit room. Locate areas where you will be prepping food. For example, if you have a kitchen island, install one or a couple of light fixtures either as a pendant, or as a chandelier. Using a combination of pendant lights/chandeliers and recessed lights will provide you with the optimum lighting for your kitchen tasks as well as give your space a stylish appeal.

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Bedrooms

The bedroom is a place to rest, which means harsher lighting should be avoided. A combination of recessed and task lighting will allow you to relax and you can still read or finish work before bed. Incorporate accent lighting if you have artwork or any architectural elements you want to feature.

Bathroom

When you get ready in the morning, a well-lit bathroom can be a lifesaver. To avoid causing shadows in your bathroom, light both sides of the vanity mirror. Then you can incorporate ambient lighting in the rest of the room to create a spa-like environment for bathing.

Questions on how you should proceed with your space? We have lighting experts available at your fingertips. If we don’t know the answer, we will find it for you!

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Impact lighting in any room

Lighting can play a significant role in home decor. While you may use lighting to highlight other room decorations, you can just as easily use statement light fixtures to add impact to a room. The key to impact lighting isn’t just selecting a large fixture that is sure to get everyone’s attention; it’s how well you can incorporate a piece into a room. Find the right statement light fixture for every room by keeping these considerations in mind:

Size of room
If you’re working with a smaller space such as a bedroom, it’s important not to use a light fixture that feels overwhelming. It wouldn’t make sense to install a huge chandelier in a tiny room. Instead, try using a smaller fixture that stands out with its unique design or shape. Try using one of Fine Art Lamps’ Chandeliers for your dining room.

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Style of room
The light fixture you choose should fit in well with the room’s décor. If you’re going for elegance, you don’t want to install a light fixture that screams quirky and fun. Before deciding on a fixture, make sure you know what style to look for.

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Purpose of lighting
Light fixtures need to be both decorative and functional. Depending on the room, you need them for task lighting or to create a specific atmosphere. In bathrooms, you need lighting to help you get ready in the morning, so bathroom lighting needs to be functional. That doesn’t mean, however, you can’t also use lighting to create impact. Try using some beautiflly inspired bath fixtures from George Kovaks to add some flair in your bathroom.GeorgeKovakBathroom