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Dazzling Feast: 21 Creatively Fun Ways to Light Up the Dining Room

In a world where the dedicated, formal dining room is becoming a rarity of sorts, with modern, more open dining spaces replacing it, there is little wonder that dining room lighting has changed over the decades. The large crystal chandelier at the heart of the dining room is far from the norm these days, with homeowners gravitating towards more exciting, inventive and at times, colorful options. From dazzling pendants to DIY creations that usher in a quirky twist, today we take a look at 21 dining rooms that surprise you with their lighting choices.

This carefully curated collection features dining rooms in diverse styles ranging from the contemporary and minimal to the eclectic, farmhouse and industrial. And each of these showcases a brilliant lighting fixture (or at times, a collection of pendants) that will hopefully inspire you to rethink the lighting options in your own dining space.

Flamboyant Pendant Lights

A search for vivacious and playful dining room lighting inevitably takes you through some colorful pendants that add style and personality to any room they adorn. Brightly colored lighting fixtures can make a big difference to the ambiance of the room, irrespective of the style and theme that you have chosen for it. While eclectic rooms celebrate color gleefully, industrial dining spaces look simply stunning with ceiling lights that use colored wires and unmistakable Edison bulbs. Brilliant contemporary pendants that add a splash of color are also pretty easy to find, and they create the perfect focal point in a dining room clad in neutral hues.

Colorful orbs above the dining table breathe life into the curated, contemporary dining room [From: UnoLiving]
Colorful orbs above the dining table breathe life into the curated, contemporary dining room [From: UnoLiving]
Fabulous farmhouse style dining room celebrates color and creativity [Photography: Rikki Snyder]
Fabulous farmhouse style dining room celebrates color and creativity [Photography: Rikki Snyder]
Dining room lighting has an understated oriental elegance [Design: Cheng Design]
Dining room lighting has an understated oriental elegance [Design: Cheng Design]
Multi-colored wires and Edison bulbs create a fascinating lighting fixture in the Scandinavian dining room [From: Leicht USA]
Multi-colored wires and Edison bulbs create a fascinating lighting fixture in the Scandinavian dining room [From: Leicht USA]
Modern dining room with the Limited Edition Lustre Confusion by Herve Van Der Straeten [From: Jessica Lagrange Interiors]
Modern dining room with the Limited Edition Lustre Confusion by Herve Van Der Straeten [From: Jessica Lagrange Interiors]
Colorful accent lighting in midcentury dining room [Design: Alison Damonte Design]
Colorful accent lighting in midcentury dining room [Design: Alison Damonte Design]

Digging Deep!

We did promise creativity and fun options, and nothing is more fun than to be able to craft your own pendant light with things that you can get your hands on! A DIY pendant light can be something as simple as a wine bottle light that takes less than 10 minutes to make or a more dramatic and exclusive addition like an old theater light turned into an industrial ceiling lamp. Almost everything in your home can be used to shape an inimitable pendant for your dining room, and if you are not convinced about it, check out these 50 coolest DIY pendant ideas for endless inspiration!

DIY wine bottle lighting above the cozy dining space [Photography: Whitney Lyons]
DIY wine bottle lighting above the cozy dining space [Photography: Whitney Lyons]
Quirky lighting utilizes everything from glass funnels to egg baskets! [Design: bahdeebahdu]
Quirky lighting utilizes everything from glass funnels to egg baskets! [Design: bahdeebahdu]
Old theatre light transformed into an edgy dining room chandelier! [From: Louise de Miranda]
Old theatre light transformed into an edgy dining room chandelier! [From: Louise de Miranda]
Plumen bulb chandelier also ends up saving energy! [Design: Avocado Sweets Interior Design Studio / Photography by Fisher Hart]
Plumen bulb chandelier also ends up saving energy! [Design: Avocado Sweets Interior Design Studio / Photography by Fisher Hart]
Simplicity of the lighting makes a bold statement in the industrial dining room [Design: Jane Kim Design]
Simplicity of the lighting makes a bold statement in the industrial dining room [Design: Jane Kim Design]

Textural Diversity

Every room needs something that does not quite fit in with the overall style and theme; an odd man out that draws your attention, brings excitement and adds uniqueness to the interior. Let the lighting fixture in your dining room play this role by bringing in an unexpected texture and outline to a carefully curated space. With stone, glass and other sleek polished surfaces dominating most modern dining rooms, a pendant that highlights a contrasting finish makes for a delightful addition indeed. The surprising little twist could come in the form of trendy metallic lighting fixtures, a festive branch chandelier or ceiling lamps with a soft, natural vibe; take your pick!

A Tom Dixon classic brings varying metallic shades to the contemporary dining space [Design: Casey & Fox]
A Tom Dixon classic brings varying metallic shades to the contemporary dining space [Design: Casey & Fox]
Dramatic dining room lighting with an organic vibe! [Design: Rizzoli New York / Photography: Tim Street-Porter]
Dramatic dining room lighting with an organic vibe! [Design: Rizzoli New York / Photography: Tim Street-Porter]
Maskros pendant lamp is as much about shadows as it is about brilliant lighting [Photography: Chris A Dorsey Photography]
Maskros pendant lamp is as much about shadows as it is about brilliant lighting [Photography: Chris A Dorsey Photography]
Artsy lighting fixture brings a sparkling festive charm with it [Design: Sisters in Sync]
Artsy lighting fixture brings a sparkling festive charm with it [Design: Sisters in Sync]
Unique pendant has a chic, abstract vibe [Design: ZeroEnergy Design]
Unique pendant has a chic, abstract vibe [Design: ZeroEnergy Design]

Shapes and Shades

If you have not already noticed it, creative dining room lighting is as much about the shape and style of the pendant itself as it is about the illumination. And one of the hottest current trends is geo design, which places emphasis not just on the obvious geometric pattern of the lighting fixture, but also brings along with it a certain sense of inherent minimalism and sculptural artistry. Even as standalone pieces, these pendants steal the spotlight with absolute ease! If you are going down the more classical path with specific themes such as Mediterranean, farmhouse, Victorian or rustic, then beautiful fixtures like the Giltspur Chandelier make more aesthetic sense.

Pendant light brings geometric beauty to the classy dining room [Design: Sarah Stacey Interior Design]
Pendant light brings geometric beauty to the classy dining room [Design: Sarah Stacey Interior Design]
Exciting lighting turns the traditional dining room into a modern delight [Design: Yiangou Architects]
Exciting lighting turns the traditional dining room into a modern delight [Design: Yiangou Architects]
Custom-crafted cascading chandelier steals the show in this LA dining room [Design: Paul McClean - McClean Design]
Custom-crafted cascading chandelier steals the show in this LA dining room [Design: Paul McClean – McClean Design]
Gorgeous Giltspur Chandelier imitates the spires of the Middle Eastern world! [Design: Laura U / Julie Soefer Photography]
Gorgeous Giltspur Chandelier imitates the spires of the Middle Eastern world! [Design: Laura U / Julie Soefer Photography]
Rustic pendants make an impression when both switched on and off [Design: The Design Atelier]
Rustic pendants make an impression when both switched on and off [Design: The Design Atelier]

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