5 new, creative ways to light your dining areas

In an age where the open floor plan and “open-concept kitchen” are top priorities for homeowners, the traditional dining room has evolved. There has been a distinctive shift in the generational culture as dinner guests are more likely to be helping to prepare meals, rather than waiting to be served. This trend has lead many homeowners to prefer multi-purpose eating areas over the traditional dining room. We wouldn’t go as far to say that the traditional dining room is “dead” – but these areas are progressively becoming less formal. As one would expect, dining lighting styles and applications have also followed suit with more casual and creative ways to light multi-purpose dining spaces.

Linear light

A linear pendant is both functional and visually appealing for above dining areas. Progress Lighting's Haven pendant offers a clean and contemporary look - with an on-trend rectangular form.

Singular pendant

A large, bold pendant is a beautiful lighting solution that breathes elegance into formal dining areas - with a modern twist. Swap out your traditional chandelier for a circular-inspired fixture from our Equinox collection.

Pendants in a row

Line classic-styled pendants above your dining table for a clean design. Multiple pendants are great solutions for a long table, to extend illumination to all areas of the room. Progress Lighting Gather lanterns have traditional appeal, but the multiples bring in a new and unexpected design element.

Lantern style

There's nothing quite like a stylish coach lantern to illuminate a kitchen nook or dining table. Beazer Homes masters the transitional kitchen by fusing modern and traditional elements - and topping it off with our Crestwood lantern.

Shaded pendants

Pendants with shades bring forth a classic elegance, but pendants in groups still add in a contemporary feel. Toll Brothers' approach to this dining area spins off a traditional setting, but adds a modern flair with an up-to-date lighting application featuring our Inspire pendants.

Does your home have a traditional dining room? How would you light your dining area?

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