How To | Dining Table Chandelier Selecting

We love lighting.  Like LOVE lighting.  It's a huge part of how we design.  Lighting and art are big things to us and really, they're both types of I guess, technically, art is a big thing to us. :)  No, but seriously.  We see decorative light fixtures as art.  It's a sculptural decorative element that just happens to be functional to.  But, because of this, we know that selecting the right light for the space isn't always easy.  Lights can absolutely make or break a space.  So today we're going to break down the dining room and how to make the right lighting selection for that room.  Because, even though the dining room is not used the most frequently, it is often one of the rooms closest to the front of the house and is meant to be a showpiece space, so the light for that area matters!  Here are some things to consider when picking your dining light...

One of the first things we take into consideration when we're picking the dining room chandelier is the shape of the table.  It is SO important for the shape of the table and the shape of the light to coordinate.  They don't always have to have the same orientation, but they shouldn't fight each other.  Usually, if your dining table is rectangular, it's best to have some sort of elongated light to follow the length of the table.  This could be a linear light or some sort of oval/elongated fixture that is spread out.  For round tables, go with a rounded or tiered fixture or even a multi-level cluster of pendants. And for oval, you have the option of either, or really. Be sure to select a shape that compliments your table.


If you're set on a smaller fixture or using a round light over a rectangular table, consider hanging two instead of one.  This will help balance the space out visually and offer enough lighting for guests at both ends of the table.


Consider the visual weight balance of the light versus the table.  If you have a glass table, don't pick something overly heavy that looks to bulky of the airy-looking glass.  And if you have something wooden and early that has more substance, try to mix it up a little by incorporating a different finish to break-up the wood.


Make sure the light fixture has enough bulbs to give off the amount of light you need.  There are lots of great larger or oversized pendants that would be the good size (diameter-wise) for a dining table, but they only have one light bulb in them.  Unless you have lots of can lights over your dining table too, at least 4-6 bulbs is probably necessary for guests to have enough lighting at a meal.


For ambiance sake, always put your dining light on a dimmer.  You want to be able to set the tone of a meal with your light fixture.  Sometimes this requires as much lighting as possible, while other times, you don't need quite so much.  A dimmer lets you control the lighting in your dining room which ultimately makes the space more versatile.


Ultimately, be sure the light you pick is something you love and flows with the rest of your home.  It should be a representation of your style while also creating a balance and flow in the space.

How To Spend| Not Every Big Item Has To Be Expensive

We love expensive things, that's for sure.  But we also understand that everyone has a budget.  And while it would be nice to have that client who says "spend whatever you want!", we're pretty sure it's never going to happen, so we're totally ok with getting the look without the price.  And today, that's what we're going to talk about.  There are big items in every home--key items that can make a very large impact on the overall look of the space.  And while it IS important that they look good, they don't all have to be super expensive. 

Here's the breakdown.

So many people want a real wood dining table.  Something ridiculously expensive that they can brag about to their friends (because, let's be honest, they're not passing it down to their kids)...but dining tables are not the place to blow your budget.  Size and scale is absolutely important, but if you can find a lovely piece that is the correct size, scale, and style, and it's affordable, go for it!  In fact, we'd say, make it a goal because it'll leave money to spent in other places where it matters more.

Like, say....the dining room light!  Lighting is HUGE!  And while it is absolutely possible to find inexpensive lighting that looks good, lighting is just kind of expensive and it's hard to be confined to a tight budget when you want (and need) a killer statement piece.  So don't be afraid to spend a little more money (than you'd planned) on your dining room light fixture.  It'll make a big impact and an expensive light fixture is usually pretty obvious.

In the family room, it can be really easy to get sucked into spending a lot of money on that really cool Eames chair or something else that will rarely get sat in.  But stop yourself!  While decorative pieces should look cool, they are NOT worth breaking the bank over.   Instead, put your money into a quality sofa or sectional.  In a family room where it will be used over and over, you're going to want something that's comfortable and durable!

When it comes to your kitchen, it can be really hard to decide where to spend the money because....everything seems expensive!  But after cabinets, the next most important thing in your kitchen is definitely countertops so spend there.  The countertops of a kitchen are like the sofa of the family room.  It'll be used and abused and needs to be able to withstand wear like a champ.  One place to save in a kitchen, where people often want to blow it, is the tile.  Kitchen floors and a kitchen backsplash can be understated, inexpensive, and beautiful.  

Finally, the bedroom.  It may sound crazy but drapery matters!  Well-made, expensive drapery can literally make or break a room.  We're not kidding.  Spend the money.  They'll last and they'll make the impact you want.  Instead, save a little money be skipping the expensive sheets.  There are some very soft, luxurious-feeling sheets out there that are completely affordable, so don't fool yourself into thinking you need to spend the money to get the look...because nobody will see them!

We believe that good design comes from being about to find beauty in everything--the expensive AND the inexpensive.  So mixing high and low is important and can make a home feel collected rather than like a model.  And these tips that we shared with you today can help you accomplish that!