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Dining room lighting can be functional and attractive when chosen carefully for the space and its contents. Once a formal area with a standard chandelier saved for holiday meals, it is finding more purpose through such activities as playing games, completing a puzzle, and working on paperwork.

When looking for the most effective illumination source it is important to be aware of what the space will be used for, and how many layers of light will be necessary to create the desired mood and functionality.

Dining room lighting supports multiple tasks beautifully.

As this part of a home has evolved in its use, the traditional decor has become less common. Consumers are instead looking at all types and styles of fixtures in order to determine what will achieve personal satisfaction, visual appeal, and maximized purpose.

There are three main types of dining room lighting that can accomplish this feat. Ambient fixtures include wall sconces, torchieres, and cove or hidden ceiling fixtures. The brightness is toned down and is utilized to create a mood rather than to accentuate a specific display piece.

Phantom Lighting is an excellent producer of many types including cove units. They come in linear and ribbon styles depending on the dimensions of the mountable surface and ability to conceal the equipment. Task illuminators are placed for short term use. While most are portable many times they are easily adjusted and rather versatile. The traditional chandelier can remain a focal point hanging over the table or with a mixture of various styles. Free standing lamps and pendent fixtures are common as well.

Consideration of the desired preferences and quality of product are all part of the design process. When the ideal home accent pieces have been selected the final product should set a mood, provide a decor boost, and offer a comfortable space to those that utilize it.