Dining Room Light Photos:
Dining rooms can be very flexible spaces -- transforming into work areas, play zones, or multi-purpose rooms -- depending on the features you choose.
For instance, repainting the dining room to suit your changing needs can be a relatively easy task:
Dining rooms are often painted in an accent color, different from the rest of your home. When it's time to repaint your dining room, you won't need to update the surrounding areas.
Updating your lighting fixtures, however, can take a bit more experience and expertise.
Use the lighting guide below to help narrow down the type, size, and style of lighting fixtures for your dining room. And consider these new home questions, to help determine the style that's right for you:
- How often will I use my dining room -- daily, weekly, or for major events? (If you want to get more use out of your dining room, consider going casual -- and making the space more inviting to a range of activities.)
- Will I display large dining furniture (china cabinet, captain chairs)? (You'll want to consider not only the size of your table, but the space you'll need for "extras.")
- Does my floor plan include a breakfast room and island kitchen with seating? (If your home has multiple dining spaces, one is generally kept more formal than the others.)
Types of Lighting for the Formal Dining Room:
From casual eating areas to formal dinner party spaces, these dining room lighting motifs will spark ideas for your Raleigh new home:
Formal Dining Room Light Fixtures
What are some of the more formal -- and traditional -- features you'll find in a new home dining room? Here are a few popular traditional dining room photos - with lighting fixture ideas:
1. Contemporary Glass Lighting
This version of the Dinsmore shows a truly contemporary take on formal dining:
- Cedar trim -- to match the wall of windows in the great room (visible just past the kitchen)
- Stone accent walls -- perfect for a china cabinet display wall
- Contemporary light fixtures -- a separated pair of candle lights inside a glass encasement
- Trey ceiling with a touch of gray accent paint
2. Hanging Lights
This version of the Maple Lane features a five-light hanging fixture with simple, curved lines and candle lights.
The white wainscoting, chair rail, crown molding, and trey ceiling increase the formality of this space. This dining room is designed for large gatherings. There is ample space for a large dining set, and a butler's pantry just around the corner supplements serving space.
3. Recess Lighting
This version of the Chapel Ridge includes a small wall alcove, designed to emphasize the tall windows.
Have an extendable dining table? Place spare chairs on each side of the alcove.
Recess can lighting offers mood lighting in this dining room.
Casual Dining Room Light Fixtures
These dining rooms serve as dedicated eating spaces, with less emphasis on maintaining traditional home design.
1. Ceiling Fan Light Fixture
Selecting a ceiling fan light fixture is a great way to make your dining room more casual and flexible.
While chair rail trim is most often found in dining rooms, the trim in this version of the Dunston is so subtle that it could easily be used as a home office.
Design Tip: Consider adding glass French doors to your formal dining room. These doors will keep the space open, but they also allow for privacy if you convert the room into a home office or lounge space.
Here is another angle of the Dunston dining room, with dual French doors:
Here is another example of a dining room with door access. The contemporary geometrical light fixture keep the room flexible, as well:
2. Wall Sconces - and No Hanging Light
Wall sconces are a great alternative of overhead lighting. Wall sconces can be subtle (like in this version of the McAlvany) or they can be larger and more formal.
The complex trim work and transom windows keep the room feeling formal, overall.
3. Tile Floors in the Dining Room
While the six-light hanging light fixture, chair rail, and triple windows lend formality to the dining room in this version of the Coquery Cottage, the tile floors are an unexpected touch.
This room could easily convert into a home office, craft room, or kid's play area -- there are enough elements found in each to keep things flexible (including the lamp shade lights).
Here are more examples of custom home formal dining rooms:
Raleigh NC New Homes:
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