With lighting being one of the most important features in a home, the search for the perfect pendant can seem like a never-ending task at times, even as an Interior Designer. Pendant lighting provides direct task lighting to an area and can create a beautiful ambience in areas with higher ceilings.
I've been working on one particular project for five months now. It's a new home that is now in the build phase so things are finally starting to take shape with most of the selections finalised. One area has been under consideration for the entire time... the formal dining room.
The Room Design... The style of a pendant needs to suit the style of the room and the ambience being created. A dining room I'm currently working on is for entertaining on a grand scale with the room design featuring a super glamorous four and a half metre Ebony Macassar bar with a bronze mirror splash back and a six metre dining table. The lighting needs to make a statement and enhance the space.
The pendant light I've had in my mind since the design concept stage has been the Jason Miller Modo Chandelier and now I've seen this grouping I'm convinced it will be the right choice. Just the right amount of glamour for a modern chandelier. See my tips below on choosing the perfect pendant for your dining room.
Choosing the right type of pendant for over a dining table adds to the ambience of the room and the mood you want to create.
Selecting a style of pendant depends very much on the size and shape of your dining table. Choose from the following styles of pendant lights for the best results;
Drum pendants - when used alone these are best suited to round or square dining tables, and should be used as a pair over a longer rectangle table. The proportion of a drum pendant must suit the size of your dining table and not overwhelm it. Drum pendants suit modern dining rooms and the fabric can be customised to suit the room style and a diffuser minimises glare over the table.
Small pendants and multi-lamp pendants - small pendants of the same or different shapes and sizes can be grouped together at different heights to suit your dining table. A linear grouping suits a rectangle table while a round grouping suits a square or round table. Hanging them at different heights can add visual interest to the arrangement. A multi-lamp pendant can be a modern style pendant or chandelier. Depending on their size, these can be used alone or as pair (as I'm planning in a current design project). Their pre-configured design takes the guesswork out of arranging individual pendants and are available with mounting plates of different size and shape to suit most dining tables.
Medium and large pendants - can be used to make a great statement over a dining table. Selecting the right size to complement your dining table is important. I recommend the pendant sits about 15-20cm in from the side of your dining table.
Mounting height - to choose the height for mounting, your pendants should be higher than eye level and low enough to provide sufficient light on the dining table. Carefully view the pendant lights you are hanging at the installation stage to ensure you are happy with the height and placement.
If you have any lighting questions feel free to contact me at Bella Vie Interiors.
Images from Pinterest, Nika Zupanc, The Contemporist, Jason Miller
Award-winning Interior Designer at Bella Vie Interiors.