Create a Focal Point
Your dining room is likely furnished with a table, chairs and possibly a China cabinet or bar. This space has much less furniture than the other rooms in your home, so the main lighting source should be eye-catching. Keep in mind that for the best distribution of light, the bottom of a fixture should be about 36 inches above the table. How do you decide if that fixture should be a chandelier or a pendant?
When to Choose a Chandelier
As a general rule of thumb, select a chandelier if your dining room table is round. The spherical shapes will complement each other and any traditional décor in the room.
When to Choose a Pendant
Linear suspension fixtures are a more modern take on dining room lighting. With a linear pendant, light will be spread across to each end of your dining room table.