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25 of the best Low Ceilings Dining Room Lighting Ideas

Dining rooms are important spaces where you fellowship with family and friends to share a meal. Since it is such a pivotal space, it's important to consider how you brighten the room and what lighting fixtures suit your room. This can be a daunting task, especially in dining rooms with low ceilings. Fortunately, there are many ways to add lights to dining rooms with low ceilings to showcase your style, provide essential lighting, and set the proper tone. Here are tips, tricks, and dining room lighting ideas for low ceilings.

Big Statements

Oversized chandeliers are great options for making a statement. Even this dining room with a standard ceiling height can accommodate a large lantern chandelier because the light hangs more closely to the ceiling and uses a wider footprint instead of a longer height. Consider oversized, large chandeliers and pendant lights to create a dramatic statement in your dining room.

Best Balance

The size of the chandelier naturally balances with your table's size/layout, but so does the shape. That is why many designers use round chandeliers with round tables, linear rectangular chandeliers with long tables, and so on. While this isn't a rule by any means, it is a great, simple method of choosing lights that balance your specific table.

Eclectic Traditions

The beauty of eclectic designs is that there is great freedom in how you use patterns, colors, and different materials throughout the room. This dining room chooses a more traditional chandelier to balance the busier details of the space and add an element of class. However, this is just an example of an eclectic dining room: if you are styling an eclectic dining space, unconventional design is your best friend in all areas, even with lighting fixtures.

Subtle Connections

Although many chandeliers use neutral tones, metal, or natural wood, there are many options that use different materials and colors. This glass chandelier features soft blue tones that connect to the chairs and reinforce the room's subtle coastal color palette. Don't be afraid to look for ceiling lights with specific colors to fit your room's unique aesthetic.

Completely Contemporary

Contemporary chandeliers often use geometric shapes in unique, unconventional ways to make a statement. Abstract geometric lights are one example of contemporary lights, but this simple chandelier is also an example of contemporary style with its intentional and artistic use of different shapes. Lights like these can transform even the most traditional dining rooms to feel more modern.

Different Designs

Long tables or ones with unique footprints may benefit from multiple lighting fixtures instead of one central chandelier. In this open concept room, two pendant lights serve as the primarily lights for the table. Not only do they balance the table's unique size, but they also serve as unique accents and something different from the norm.

Youthful Charm

The Alyssa Chandelier from Mitzi is incredibly versatile with suiting various interior design aesthetics, but no matter where the light it placed, it will surely add youthful flair to the room. With the soft floral designs and oversized globes, this chandelier is well suited for boho, tropical, and modern homes alike.

Mixed Metals

Many of today's contemporary chandeliers use multiple metals and finishes to create artistic statements. This chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting masterfully balances warm brass tones alongside stark black. The end result is a dynamic light that adds both warmth and drama to the dining room.

Shaping Your Room's Tone

Modern minimalist dining rooms like this one often feature very rigid shapes and structures in the room's architecture, furniture, and artwork. Your chandelier can similarly fit into that scheme with clean lines and sharp corners, or you can take inspiration from this room and incorporate soft, round shapes. By doing so, you create a softer and more welcoming dining room.

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Only Natural

Natural materials like wood and rattan are popularly used in chandeliers. Since the materials are so versatile in their appearance and usage, they can create modern boho styles, coastal aesthetics, or modern farmhouse spaces. When you want natural warmth in your dining room's decor, lights made of natural materials are a great way to infuse that tone and look.

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Works of Art

Dining room ceiling lights are obviously practical, but they're also highly artistic. Today's chandeliers convey a range of aesthetics ranging from vintage to classic to highly contemporary. In each of these cases, the lights can serve as a unique work of art while practically illuminating your dining space.

Adding Warmth

Many modern homes use a monochromatic color palette to create dramatic contrast and dimension. In these cases, the dining room light can further develop that color palette with black and white, or it can diverge and infuse the room with a new color. As you can see with this chandelier, the warmth of the finishes and materials completely changes the tone of this monochromatic dining room to add welcoming warmth and charm.

Modern Sensibilities

Even rooms with low ceilings can accommodate certain chandeliers and pendant lights. This is especially true for dining rooms, since the chandelier hangs directly over the table and away from any walking paths. This gives you great freedom in using a modern chandelier that balances your dining room's size and rests at the proper height for your room.

Beautiful Traditions

Candelabra chandeliers and ceiling lights are popular for traditional, vintage, and modern styles alike. Ornately detailed iron candelabras like this one may be more suited for elegant or traditional dining rooms, but there are plenty of variations that make these lights ideal for any interior design style.

Practical Placement

There are some general guidelines when it comes to placing chandeliers and pendant lights above a dining room table. One rule is to center the chandelier directly above the table. In the case of linear suspension lights like this, the light will typically be half to two-thirds the size of the table itself. By following these two practices, you can place your light so it balances your dining room.

Modern Traditions

Both modern and traditional styles are popular in today's interior design world. That is why a new style that blends the two is a great solution to those who enjoy classic looks but want more simple designs. Transitional chandeliers like this one take on classic structures and motifs, but they do so with modern materials, finishes, and levels of detailing. Because these lights balance two of the most popular interior design aesthetics, they are incredibly popular and versatile.

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Tiered Design

Chandeliers with multiple tiers add depth and dimension to any dining room. Even if the room has low or standard ceilings, a tiered chandelier can work over your dining room table since no one walks under that space or will be close enough to bump the light. Tiered lights come in many different shapes, sizes, and designs, so there are plenty of ways to customize your dining room with these chandeliers.

Linear Design

If your dining room is devoid of any other lights, consider a large, long chandelier to fully illuminate the table and the room at large. The Apollo Chandelier from Troy Lighting complements long dining room tables and provides plenty of light through its refractive materials. Not only that, but the light comes in various sizes to perfectly suit your unique dining room.

Materials Matter

The materials of your light impact its style as much as the overarching design and construction. This elegant hanging chandelier uses a sophisticated resin to present a soft sheen that exudes luxury. If you're searching for classy chandeliers, crystal, glass, and resin are three materials often associated with luxury chandeliers and ceiling lights for dining rooms.

Balanced Luxury

A highly dramatic, ornate candelabra chandelier is the perfect accent for modern glam dining rooms. Even in rooms with low ceilings, the chandelier can be balanced in the room's layout by resting over the center of the table. The bottom of the light should be at least 30-36 inches away from the table to ensure that there is room to breathe and the bottom drapings never come into contact with anything on the table.

Overlapping Style

Even if your chandelier uses a different material not seen elsewhere in the dining room, it can still complement your nearby furniture and decor. This simple dining room chandelier uses a soft circular design to tie into the rest of the room's rounded shapes. As if that wasn't enough, the lines of the crystals also connect to lines in the cabinetry, architecture, and the chairs. When designing your dining room, look for subtle ways to create a cohesive style.

Modern Candelabra

When you think of candelabras, you likely think of many of the traditional and elegant lights we've already shown. However, modern candelabras also exist to decorate modern dining rooms. This linear candelabra perfectly conveys a modern aesthetic with its minimal detailing, simple design, and practical placement.


Oftentimes, a singular chandelier is not enough to brighten your dining room. That is why you'll see chandeliers and pendant lights used alongside dining room wall sconces and dining room table lamps. If that is the case for your dining room, consider using lights with similar design elements like matching metals, similar structures, and the same level of detailing.

Multiple Chandeliers

It's not common practice to use two chandeliers over one dining room table, so when it is done, it automatically draws attention to whatever lights you have on display. If you are using two chandeliers over a medium sized table, use two of the same light to provide the proper visual balance and ensure that both lights receive the proper attention. It is most popular to use the exact same light, same size, and same finish, but you can create a truly unique space by changing the finishes or colors of one of the lights.


While lights are typically used to brighten a room more than this, your dining room light can also cast a softer ambient light to set your desired tone. The way the light diffuses through the light's materials and structure helps soften the glow of the light and create a more moody dining space. Fortunately, many lights offer dimming options, so you can change the light's settings for ambient lighting or more practical lighting.

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Chandeliers, pendant lights, and other ceiling lights are all popular accents for dining rooms of any size. Since the light hangs over the table and not in a walkway, you can use hanging lights even in dining rooms with low ceilings. With the ideas, tips, and tricks we've shown here, we hope that you find the inspiration to personalize your unique dining space.


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