Shine a light on your culinary skills with an eye-catching over-table masterpiece.
Give your dining room a dramatic pendant light or modern chandelier and it will instantly create a visually striking and finished-looking space. Whether your style is more Elegant, Rustic, Industrial, Glamorous or Scandi, a statement dining room pendant will help define the look of a space, acting as the table’s centrepiece. It is a guaranteed talking point in your decorating scheme – and will cast a flattering light over you and your guests. Get inspired by these stunning dining room lighting ideas.
Slightly arched chairs and a show-stopping spherical chandelier offset the formality of the room.
Get the look: The dining table was designed bespoke by Studio DB in collaboration with Common Practice Studio. These are Niels Otto Møller side chairs from Design Within Reach. This is the Cloud chandelier by Apparatus. The wall art and the vase, jug, bowl and glasses on the table are the client’s own – find similar glassware at LSA International. The Court sconces are by Allied Maker.
The table is massive, about 3.6 metres, but the scale suits the space. The rug creates a central dining area, while sofas and seating provide natural breakout zones around the edges of the room.
Get the look: The Alkar dining table is by Romanian design brand Materia. The Letters rug is by Layered. The chairs are from One Kings Lane. The vintage ceiling light is from Domino Antik in Stockholm. The brass candlestick is from Oscar & Clothilde. The silver balls by the window were bought on eBay.
The playful yet polished look is down to the rich palette of luxurious fabrics, mirrored surfaces and brass finishes, with the oversized chandelier as a starting point.
Get the look: The vintage marble dining table is by Willy Rizzo. These are Milo Baughman chairs, recovered in a Dedar velvet. This is a Seventies Vistosi chandelier. The rug is from Stark Carpet. The artwork is Jason Shulman’s The Wizard of Oz.
A chandelier by an LA designer emphasises the proportions of this simple, elegant space.
Get the look: The table is by White Arrow. The J39 chairs by Børge Mogensen are vintage finds. This is the Pivot chandelier by Brendan Ravenhill. The Moroccan rug is from Etsy.
Three ceiling lights were mounted above this dining table, each of them with five glass globes, to create a super-glamorous bespoke fitting at a fraction of the usual price.
Get the look: The wall panelling is painted in Dulux 70YY 46/053 eggshell. These are Canteen utility chairs by Very Good & Proper. The light fitting is made up of three of CB2’s Firefly pendants.
This table can seat 16 people so something simple but striking is essential if everyone is to see everything. The wires of these globe lights are ideal – hanging like a cloud above the table.
Get the look: The table was cast by The Concrete Flooring Contractors. This is the 14 Series pendant by Bocci.
The Studio Dunn lighting design over the dining area is as poised as a tightrope walker’s pole.
Get the look: This is the Strut table by Blu Dot. The Saarinen Executive chairs by Knoll are upholstered in Lace linen by Rebecca Atwood. The photograph is by Jeff Barnett-Winsby. This is the Sorenthia pendant by Studio Dunn.
A soft grey paint shade tones down the decorative panelling on the walls and ceiling in the dining room, linking with gunmetal-effect velvet curtains. Mid-century furniture and mesmeric lighting provide modern focal points.
Get the look: These are vintage Series 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen and Rondino swivel chairs by Yngve Ekström for Swedese, all from Dagmar. The Celestial Pebble chandelier is by Ochre. The dining table and console table are bespoke for Barkerdesign by Dean Edmonds. The artwork, left, is by Mark Powell at Hang-Up Gallery and, right, by Peter Blake. The wall light is by Buster + Punch. The walls are painted in Grey Teal absolute matt emulsion by Little Greene.
The trio of oversized black pendants are a striking contrast against the white walls and ceiling.
Get the look: The antiqued bevelled mirror wall panel is from Osborn Glass. These are BA3 chairs by Ernest Race for Race Furniture. The walnut dining table was custom-made by Andwoodcraft. These are Hang pendants by Marcel Wanders for Moooi. The ceiling roses are from London Plastercraft.
The bamboo lights above the table (itself made from recycled floorboards) are clad in gauzy drapery, highlighting the height and lofty proportions.
Get the look: The highback dining chair is the J110 by Poul M Volther, teamed with the J77 by Forke Pålsson and the J104 by Jørgen Bækmark, all for Hay. The pendants are by Marta Castellano.
The all-white oversized chandelier injects a modern punch into this opulent space.
Get the look: This is the Waste table by Piet Hein Eek. The Paper chandelier is by Studio Job for Moooi. The banquette is upholstered in Pierre Frey velvet and the curtains are in Dedar fabric. The vases are from Mint. The ceiling is clad in tin tiles shipped from the US – Rockett St George sells similar.
Why settle for one chandelier when you can have several? Here, three chandeliers hang in front of an exposed brick wall, giving it just a smidgeon of glamour.
Get the look: The chandeliers are from Agapanthus Interiors. The table and pew were found on eBay. The chairs are from Elemental and various antiques shops.
The oversized traditional chandelier makes a huge impact – offsetting the dining table throws the symmetry, creating a more informal vibe.
Get the look: Find similar chandeliers at Maisons du Monde.
A dramatic chandelier of 31 taxidermy pigeons is suspended from the ceiling, each with a light bulb stuffed in its beak. The chandelier is by British designer Alex Randall and took three days to install.
Get the look: The 31 Pigeons chandelier is by Alex Randall.