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Traditional Lighting Ideas for Your Dining Room

Dagmar Hemp  |  February 19, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

Lighting  |  Traditional  |  Dining Room

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When we talk to clients, there is a usual group of questions that we ask that we call “qualifiers.” These questions help us to find you find the perfect light for your space.

Often, we can use room dimensions and ceiling heights to help find the size, quantity, and placement of light fixtures. After dimensions, style is the next best question. This can be determined through the architecture of the outside of the house, other rooms in the house and the furniture.

We have about 3,500 lights on display, and there's always new lighting coming out, so the choices can be daunting at times.


We have also installed shadow boxes of different style in the store with each style. This really helps to highlight the differences in style as well as the output of light.


Traditional Style

Most houses in the area are of a traditional-type of style. People tend to continue the theme of the outside of the house by bringing the elements indoors. Traditional style can be seen as solid and established. It is best captured through antique-designed furniture, which nods to 18th and 19th English and French décor.

Intricate details can be found in the form of curves and floral flourishes, often in symmetry, as well as in molding and trim. The color palette in traditional spaces is usually muted, with prints including solids, stripes, plaid, and floral designs. Like this:


This dining room has all of the trademarks of a traditional space. Between the trim and molding, the ornate cabinet, chair, and table leg details, and the printed rug, it’s easy to see why people follow a traditional aesthetic.

I believe this space requires more lighting. While the windows provide a substantial amount of light, there should be more lighting for evening hours. There could be some recessed lighting around the edges of the room. In addition to recessed lighting, there should be a chandelier over the table to further personalize the room.

One great choice would be the Aliza Five Light Chandelier by Quoizel. The Palladian Bronze finish compliments the multiple wood tones in the space, from the flooring to the hutch and dining set. Its simple design would flatter the more intricate shapes in the dining sets’ flourishes, as well as continue to accent the traditional design with its scrolling arms and glass.


Quoizel Aliza Chandelier ALZ5005PN - $320

Another great choice would be the Cello Six Light Chandelier by Hinkley. This chandelier is available in an antique bronze finish, which would complement the dark tones of the space. What I love about this chandelier is the curves in the upper arms, which are almost the same as those in the tops of the chairs!


Hinkley Cello Chandelier 4566AT - $379

For a more basic and clean-lined design with traditional elements, another choice could be Quoizel’s Holbrook Eight Light Chandelier. This chandelier features graceful arched arms with traditional bobeches to hold the candles. The curves in this chandelier would complement the existing curves, without being too overwhelming.


Quoizel Holbrook Chandelier HK5008TC - $390

Along the same lines of being very simple, I would recommend the Jefferson Six Light Chandelier by Hudson Valley. It has the very graceful arms, like the previous fixture, with the addition of the shades. The long arms would help to bring the eye upward, and make the ceiling feel larger.


Hudson Valley Jefferson Chandelier 5216-OB - $1,392

For a very traditional look, I would recommend the Galleon 12 Light Chandelier by Currey and Company. While a bit large for the space, I think it would be a great fit as the hand rubbed bronze accents the wood tones, and the gentle flourishes could tie into the existing curves in the space.


Currey and Company Galleon Chandelier 9682 - $1,580

For quite possibly the most traditional style, I would recommend a crystal chandelier. The Sterling 2995 by Schonbek could be a great choice. This seven light stunner would provide a ton of class and elegance to the space. The crystals on this chandelier would bring in some much needed sparkle, and add a nice decorative feature. We also have a totally new display of Swarovski crystal chandeliers and pendants.


Schonbek Sterling Chandlelier 2995 - $958

Of course, decorative lighting is like jewelry. Most is personal preference. We wouldn’t have 3500 lights on display if we needed 6. Just know you have plenty of choices. 

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Dagmar Hemp

Dagmar Hemp is a ALA Certified Lighting Specialist for Yale Appliance + Lighting. She has many years of lighting design experience including attending Sylvania school as a lightbulb geek. Her trademark line is “I’ll remember the part number of every light in your house, but not always your name.” We can absolutely vouch that this is accurate and only emphasizes that she is, in fact, a total lightbulb geek. In her spare time, she loves decorating (especially adding pink sparkly things to our holiday tree) and enjoys cooking with her new stove. If she could, she would live at the beach or someplace very warm

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