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18 January 2024

Our guide to choosing the right dining room lighting…

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The Loer Chandelier Small brings ethereal beauty to your dining space.

Starting, or re-starting, your dining room design journey? Wooden lighting designs have a unique ability to infuse warmth and character into any room. In the dining room, where we gather for special occasions or daily rituals, wooden hues create an inviting and comforting atmosphere. The natural grain and texture of wood brings an element of the outdoors inside, establishing a connection to nature, grounding your space. Join us as we unravel the enchanting possibilities of incorporating wood into your lighting choices, offering a warm and organic touch to your space.

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Projecting conversation igniting light and shadow across your space, the Arame Pendant is a natural centrepiece. 

The Right Light

For spaces that showcase the beauty of simplicity, a single wooden pendant light can be a stunning focal point in your dining room. When selecting the perfect pendant light, size is crucial. As a general rule of thumb, the diameter of the pendant should be around 300mm less than the width of your dining table. This ensures balanced illumination without overwhelming the space.

Small Tables (4-6 people): Opt for a pendant light with a diameter of 250-400mm. This size provides ample light coverage without dominating the intimate setting. (e.g. Loer Pendant Small, Urchin Pendant Small, and Enka Pendant.)

Medium Tables (6-8 people): Choose a lighting design with a diameter of 400-700mm. This size strikes a harmonious balance, providing sufficient light for a larger group without feeling over-sized. (e.g. Drift Pendant, Loer Chandelier Small, and Skipper Pendant.)

Large Tables (8+ people): Consider a lighting centrepiece with a diameter of 700mm or more. This ensures that the light source adequately covers the expansive tabletop, creating a well-lit environment for larger gatherings. Clustered lighting is also a great idea for illuminating large dining spaces. (e.g. Arame Pendant, Kern Pendant Giant, and our Cluster Lighting Range.)

Clustered Wonder

For a truly dynamic and visually striking effect, consider hanging a cluster of wooden pendant lights, or introducing wall and table lights, throughout dining table. This arrangement adds depth and dimension to the space while allowing you to play with light and form.

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A visual display for intricate wooden form, and enticing lighting and shadows, the luxury No. 1 Pendant - Trio Cluster demands attention in any space. 
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Illuminating every corner, the Noctis Hanter Wall Light offers an endless glow. 

Mixed Shapes: Combine wooden lights of varying shapes and shadows to create an eclectic and visually appealing space. Pairing a minimal pendant with a sculptural table or wall light is a great combination for an interesting, yet functional, lightscape. 

Varied Heights: Create visual wonder by experimenting with different heights for each pendant light within the cluster, or by adding floor lights to bring the light down through the space. This adds a sense of movement and artistry to the arrangement.

Natural Finishes: Embrace the beauty of mixing natural wood finishes. Whether it's oak, walnut, or ash, let the unique characteristics of each wooden lighting design shine through. Using natural materials will add warmth to your space, making it feel more homely and welcoming. 

Endless Atmosphere

When it comes to lampshades, we offer a range of beautiful options. From open designs that showcase an exposed bulb, to solid, drum lighting shades, each choice imparts a distinct atmosphere to your dining room.

Sculptural forms: Designer wooden pendant lights with artistic form, such as our Arame Pendant, Skipper Pendant, and Cape Pendant, create captivating patterns of light and shadow. Ideal if you use your dining space for intimate dinners and date nights as they cast a warm and gentle glow across your space.

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As evening draws in, the Skipper Pendant creates a welcoming, warm, atmosphere. 
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The Enka Pendant is perfect for illuminating breakfast bars, or multi-functional kitchen spaces where you prepare tasty food, and enjoy eating it. 

Drum lighting: For a more focused and task-oriented lighting solution, opt for wooden pendant lights with solid shades, such as our Kern Pendant, Leven Drum Pendant and Enka Pendant. Perfect for family game nights or impromptu home office spaces, they provide directed illumination.

Posted: 18.01.24
Updated: 02.04.24

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