Lighting in the dining room is as much about visibility as it is vibe. Sure, you want to evoke a relaxing mealtime mood, but you must also have enough illumination to walk back and forth from the kitchen, serve at the table, and perform chores like sorting mail at a nearby sideboard. For all you do in the dining room, you need a thoughtfully layered lighting scheme that uses different types of lighting designed for different purposes.
The three main types of dining room lighting are moderately bright ambient lighting that broadly illuminates the walls and floor to improve navigation, bright task lighting that aids in detail-oriented work, and soft accent lighting that casts a warm glow to highlight showpieces. There’s a variety of lighting fixtures within each of these categories, so it can be a challenge to choose what’s best. Ahead, we explain the options and offer recommendations to help you decide which dining room lighting ideas will wow guests and make hosting a breeze.