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Get Glowing for the Holidays
How To Light Your Dining Rooms Just Right
We’ve all earned some time to relax with family and friends, but what statement will you make with your lighting this holiday season? Whether your dining room is dressed up, pared down or glammed out, your chandelier plays the ultimate part in setting a festive mood for the room — and for your guests. As we prepare our homes to welcome loved ones in the coming weeks and months, consider the many ways your lighting fixtures can set the tone, make the occasion, and dial down the stress of a busy time of year.
See The Room As A Stage
The black Crittall-style windows surrounding this dining area designed by Kate Marker Interiors serve as the perfect frame for well-played dramatic moments: a statement-making table, a pair of sumptuous host chairs, and the Jacqueline Two-Tier Chandelier from AERIN descending from a subtle geometric molding.
Photographer: Stoffer Photography
Take A Deep Breath
Evoking a deep sense of peace and gratitude, this serene dining room designed by Kim Scodro Interiors elevates a palette of creamy neutrals. The designer infuses the room with a range of textures and introduces reflective surfaces in the form of an antique mirror and the brass-and-crystal Robinson Large Chandelier from Chapman & Myers. A stunning wall treatment suggests hydrangeas or stars in the night sky, depending on your perspective.
Piece It Together
From Marie Flanigan Interiors, an elegant dining room with a deceptively simple design scheme. Slipcovered chairs, a rustic table, a beamed ceiling, and a pair of pleated Windsor Large Hanging Shade from Ralph Lauren find their true footing in a trellised stained floor that recalls great American gardener and decorator Bunny Mellon. The room’s airy quality is underscored by an inset cabinet with cutwork panel doors, soft drapery and arched openings into the rooms beyond.
Don’t Forget To Look Up
In this stately dining room designed by Carrier and Company, a cocoon of blue interrupted only by a gleaming triple-pedestal table, studded leather chairs, and sherbet-colored artwork — guides the eye upward, where true magic awaits. Suspended from a web of octagonal molding, a pair of Morris Large Lanterns from Suzanne Kasler extend the architectural language of the ceiling treatment and bring the room full-circle.
Photographer: Annie Schlechter
Stick To The Script
Sometimes a limited color palette is all you need. The watery-blue lacquered ceiling and effervescent Milazzo Waterfall Chandelier from Julie Neill in this dining room designed by Chandos Interiors set the tone for gold-leaf chinoiserie on the walls, subtly patterned neutrals on windows and floors and rich velvet chairs with chic patterned back panels. Photographer: Julie Soefer Photography
Make It Modern
No rug, no drapery … no problem. This chic and unfussy dining space designed by Andrea Schumacher Interiors marches to its own beat, as evidenced by the barrel-back cerulean chairs, lattice-front sideboard and Quincy Sputnik Chandelier from Chapman & Myers overhead. A cantilevered table and powerhouse art continue the theme: true style comes in all shapes and sizes.Photographer: Emily Minton Redfield
Master The Mix
In this Paloma Contreras designed dining room, an iconic Saarinen-style tulip table in unexpected glossy black is tempered by moody green velvet seating and a windowpane rug. Gallery-white walls, uncovered windows and the sparkling swoop of the Wharton Chandelier from AERIN draw your eye right to where it’s meant to go - a fabulous oversized painting in a dreamy palette of coral, lemon and mint.

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