15 Lighting Ideas That Will Totally Transform Your Dining Room

Cancel your renovation plans.

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Courtesy of Veneer Designs

As much as we would love to renovate every single room in our house and turn it into our Pinterest dream, finding the budget and the time makes that seriously prohibitive. But you don't have to settle—there's a sneaky trick that'll help you update your dining room without any demolition involved. It all comes down to your lighting. Watch and be amazed.

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Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt
Tie Up A Rope

Were we expecting this? Not at all, but do we want to immediately copy it? Abso-freaking-lutely.

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Courtesy of Nicole Franzen
Channel The Mid-Century

If you're obsessed with anything mid-century modern, this ones for you. This fixture feels retro, but doesn't look too dated.

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Courtesy of Nicole Franzen
Fake It 'Til You Make It With Paper

Want something that looks expensive but won't actually break your bank? Try a paper pendant.

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vintage sputnik pendant
Paul Raeside
Think Vintage

In this octagonal dining room a vintage Sputnik pendant hanging from the skylight glams it up. It's a less fussy alternative to a traditional crystal chandelier.

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tribal drum pendant
Eric Piasecki
Try An Unexpected Shade

If you want to keep your dining room neutral, add some character with a bold drum shade. Choose one with a subtle pattern and it'll pop even more.

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wood paneled dining room
Maura McEvoy
Go Geometric

This dining room is already giving off art deco vibes thanks to the mirror and lamps, but the chandelier takes it over the top. For a little bit of glam that doesn't feel too dated, try a geometric fixture.

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english street lamps
Simon Watson
Get Lit With Lanterns

These two English street lanterns were originally pole-mounted. They add a more relaxed feel to a dining room.

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modern white pendant
Jonny Valiant
Go Retro, Or Go Home

Electric colors bring energy to a 1960s-inspired beach house. The wood chandelier with tiny linen shades ups the cool, casual feel.

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nero pendant
Victoria Pearson
Dress Down A Formal Room

A simple pendant fixture takes the formal edge off this dining room. If your furniture feels a bit more stiff, take a playful approach to lighting to balance it out.

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shell chandeliers
Francesco Lagnese
Play Up A Coastal Vibe

This beach house dining room gets more coastal charm thanks to shell chandeliers. The sound they make in the breeze will have you forever dreaming of the sea.

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buy lighting
John Kernick
Industrial, But Chic

Don't want your farmhouse to feel too shabby chic? Industrial lighting to the rescue.

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rattan pendant lamps
Thomas Loof
Texture For Days

For beachy boldness, light a dining table with rattan pendant lamps. If you don't live by the coast, they'll still help add a laid-back feel to your space.

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antique bubble chandelier
Tara Donne
Go Bold With Bubbles

A bubble chandelier gives this tiny dining nook so much whimsy. If you aren't working with a ton of space, try a tiny chandelier.

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abalone chandelier
Karyn R. Millet
Get Shell-Shocked

An abalone chandelier in the dining room of this Hollywood Hills farmhouse is a luminous foil for the elegantly distressed table.

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japanese modern pendant
Amy Neunsinger
Clean Lines Always Win

If your room is busy thanks to pattern, color, or an impressive gallery wall, opt for a simple chandelier. Choose something neutral with clean lines so it doesn't look too chaotic.

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