Today’s idea of dining room reflect consumer’s changing lifestyles. If you are looking to buy a chandelier for this space, you will come across a multitude of options: the trick is to choose the style that does it for you, make it modern or contemporary you will then have to size you lighting and choose the amount of light accordingly.

Let’s start with some styling tips. Once used solely for daily dining, this room has become more multipurpose, during the week it can turn into a work zone, for homework and even crafts when on weekends it becomes a gathering place for parties and meals. The result? Dining rooms must boast multiple lighting options that can go from functional to fashionable at the flick of a switch. To find the right style chandelier for your home, simply begin with a colour or a material that is predominant in the decoration scheme of the room. What catches your eye in the room? What type of statement do you want to make? If the room is more traditional, choose chandeliers with more ornamentation and decorative details, from candelabra bulbs to baroque lines and golden touches. If your home is modern, opt for less ornamentation and simpler details: linear suspensions come in clean colours and use LED lights, for a clean and minimalistic effect, yet with a strong impact.

Whether your mind is set for modern or traditional you should always work out the proportion of your chandelier. Chandeliers are supposed to float in a room as an important part of the decor. Too large and this fixture will overpower the space. Too small and it will look out of place. Useful tip: if you already have a table, it’s more important to size the chandelier to the table rather than the room. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your chandelier is one-half to three-quarters the width of your table.

Remember that mixing materials and styles within one fixture is now a common design trend. It is not unusual, for example, to find a rustic cast-iron fixture with crystals hanging from it, or different metals and types of glass all incorporated into one fixture.