How to Light a Dining Room Without a Ceiling Light?

Aug 16, 2022

Dining Room

Dining Room Table and Chairs

Just because you don’t have overhead lighting doesn’t mean you can’t create a bright, lively dining space. In fact, there are plenty of creative dining room lighting ideas that can make up for a lack of overhead lighting. In today’s blog, the interior design experts at Star Furniture discuss how to light a dining without a ceiling light. 

Bust Out the Buffet Lamps

Buffet Lights with Mirror | How to Light a Dining Room Without a Ceiling Light

(Pictured Above: Adelaide Buffet Lamp)

Buffet lamps are tall, slender lamps that can be placed on buffets, sideboards, or servers in your dining room. Because of their slender design, buffet lamps take up very little space, so they shouldn’t get in the way or prevent you from decorating the room as you please. That’s why they’re one of our favorite dining room lighting ideas.

Flaunt Those Floor Lamps

Floor Light | How to Light a Dining Room without a Ceiling Light

(Pictured Above: Jade Floor Lamp)

If you’ve got the space, floor lamps can help illuminate your dining room, even if you don’t have overhead lighting. Not only do they provide ambient lighting that works great for intimate dinners, but they can create the illusion of heightened space, making the room feel more open. For the best results, place floor lamps at the corners or edges of your dining room.

Let Natural Light In

Dining Room Table and Chairs

(Pictured Above: Ginger 5-Piece Round Dining Set)

When it comes to dining room lighting ideas, don’t ignore the benefits of natural lighting. Ditch the dark colored window treatments for something light and airy to let natural light in.

Amplify Light with Mirrors

Modern Dining Room Lighting

(Pictured Above: Miranda Kerr Accent Mirror)

Without overhead lighting, you have to find creative dining room lighting ideas to make sure the room is bright enough. One easy way to make a room brighter is to amplify light with wall mirrors. You might, for example, place a mirror across from a large window or light source. That way, the light will reflect off the mirror into the room. Plus, mirrors can create the illusion of space, which can make small dining rooms appear larger than they are.

Hang String Lights

Not only are string lights trending, but they tend to be fairly inexpensive. Plus, there are plenty of options for the size, shape, and color of your string light bulbs. Whatever you choose, hang them around the perimeter of the room for some fun, mood dining room lighting.

Now that you know how to light a dining room without a ceiling light, it’s time to make it happen. Browse our huge selection of home décor, including floor lamps, table lamps, and buffet lamps. In the meantime, check out our home inspiration blog where we cover everything from how to decorate with mirrors to the latest dining room trends.