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25 Eye-Catching Lighting Options For Dining Rooms With Low Ceilings

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25 Eye-Catching Lighting Options For Dining Rooms With Low Ceilings

When a friend recently asked if I could help her find great, budget-friendly lighting options for the very low ceilings in her dining room (think: farmhouse built in 1799), I jumped at the chance. For anyone struggling with how to create a fabulous lighting scheme with low ceilings...this one's for you!

How Do I Light A Dining Room With Low Ceilings?

There are so many gorgeous lighting options out there for low ceilings. I have been obsessed with counterweight chandeliers and pendant lights for quite some time and have been trying to find an excuse to buy one. So you’ll see that this post features many counterweight lights with pulley systems – they’re a fantastic solution for low ceilings, generally they’re gorgeous, and I like that you don’t see them every day. As an example, I’m loving the lighting in Beata Heuman’s dining room in her home in Sweden (see the photo in the section above). But don’t worry, we’ve included some other options too for those of you who aren’t as crazed for counterweight lighting. 

All of the options below have been vetted for low ceiling height. A good rule of thumb is to keep 36″ between the table and the lowest-hanging point of your light fixture. For round tables, compare the diameters of the table and the fixture and aim to keep the fixture 12-18″ back from the table’s edge. For a rectangular dining table, the ideal width is 6″ less than all edges of the table.

Pricing on the following options ranges from a couple hundred dollars up to about $2k, with most falling under $1k.

1. Vakker Onos Pendant Light

This is a super affordable option modeled after gorgeous 1970s lighting models. It’s available in both gold and chrome and reviews seem to indicate it’s easy to install (nice bonus!). If you like this direction but you’re not sure about the Vakker Onos model, this eBay seller has a lot of great similar options to choose from (though admittedly I haven’t verified how legit the vendor is).

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options Onos Pendant Light by Vakker
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Onos Pendant Light by Vakker

2. Tizio Pendant Lamp

Another super affordable option and I think this light is just so fun! Also, if you subscribe to the “Unexpected Red Theory” this is a really fun way to add a splash of red to your room (the theory is essentially that adding anything that’s red to a room where it doesn’t match at all makes the room automatically look better). Admittedly I’m not sure how grand this would feel over a massive dining room table, but I think it has a lot of potential to really funk things up a bit (in a good way!).

Tizio Pendant Lamp Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Inspiration
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Tizio Pendant Lamp
Tizio Pendant Lamp Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Inspiration
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Tizio Pendant Lamp

3. Vintage Pendant Counterweight Chandelier Attributed To Stilnovo or Vintage Rise and Fall Pulley Pendant Lamp for Fog & Morup

I almost bought one of these last night. Debatable whether they are large enough to make a statement in a dining room (though if you have a small table…!), but I am envisioning either one as a really fun light for a reading nook.

Pendant Counterweight Chandelier Attributed to Stilnovo Brass Midcentury 1950s Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Inspiration
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Pendant Counterweight Chandelier Attributed to Stilnovo
Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Rise & Fall Pulley Pendant Lamp for Fog and Morup
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Rise & Fall Pulley Pendant Lamp for Fog and Morup

4. Cobb Rise & Fall Pendant by Peter Bowles for Original BTC

The picture below of a pair of these over a dining table makes me squeal. So fun. And I love the heft of the counterweight adjustor. 

Cobb Rise & Fall Pendant by Peter Bowles for Original BTC Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Cobb Rise & Fall Pendant by Peter Bowles for Original BTC

5. Alora Lighting Oscar Light or Rejuvenation’s Brendle 3-Arm Semi-Flush Chandelier

See, I told you there’d be non-counterweight options! This is a super safe and solid option, particularly well suited to low ceilings if you’re not about the idea of having anything in your face. The fixture height is a mere 5-1/8″ and the minimum hanging height is 12″ – so you’re looking at roughly a foot and a half hanging from the ceiling.

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Alora Lighting Oscar 5 Light 46" Wide Chandelier
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Alora Lighting Oscar 5 Light 46" Wide Chandelier

Another great option in this style is Rejuvenation’s Brendle 3-Arm Semi-Flush Chandelier which has a height of 15″. 

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Rejuvenation's Brendle 3-Arm Semi-Flush Chandelier
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Rejuvenation's Brendle 3-Arm Semi-Flush Chandelier

6. Room & Board Orikata Saucer Pendant

I also love a Noguchi or Nelson bubble lamp, it’s just a matter of finding the right one for the height of your ceiling. Reviews on the Orikata specifically call out being a good option for low ceilings.

Room & Board Orikata Saucer Pendant Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Inspiration
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Orikata Saucer Pendant

7. Swedish Midcentury Pendant by NK

This is another one I’m having to actively restrain myself from buying. So beautiful and fun, and if you’re in the market for a pop of red, this could be it! 

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Swedish Midcentury Pendant in Perforated Metal with Counterweight by NK from 1stDibs
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Swedish Midcentury Pendant in Perforated Metal with Counterweight by NK from 1stDibs

8. Art Deco Carousel 5 Arms Pendant

Could see this adding such a fun pop of color to a dining room! That said, this pendant also comes in a range of other colors (all white could also be gorgeous). 

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Contemporary Art Deco Mint green and Red powder coated Carousel 5 arms pendant
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Contemporary Art Deco Carousel 5 Arms Pendant

9. Bruck Lighting Delfina Pendant

This is another great option if you’re looking to add a color pop to your dining room (and it also comes in a wide range of colors). And huge bonus, it’s part of Bruck’s Wood Ecological Project collection which is all made from reclaimed materials. 

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Bruck Lighting Delfina 32" Wide Abstract Pendant
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Bruck Lighting Delfina 32" Wide Abstract Pendant

10. Worley’s Masonboro Chandelier

The Masonboro Chandelier has a timeless classic meets modern vibe that can work in many different room styles. I’m a big fan (though I may be biased since it’s made in North Carolina and named after an island in my hometown!). One note: the depth of the light is 30″ so be sure that your table is deep enough that guests won’t hit their head on the lights that run perpendicular to the table (the width that runs lengthwise above your table is 50″). 

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Worley's Masonboro Chandelier
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Worley's Masonboro Chandelier

11. Lod Pendant by Ferm Living

Another stunning counterweight option. I hope I’m convincing some of you that this could be a totally gorgeous approach for dealing with the low ceiling in your dining room!

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Lod Pendant by Ferm Living
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Lod Pendant by Ferm Living

12. Diosa Fabric Pendant Lamp

A gorgeous light that comes in white or yellow. The pleats and fringe add a lovely softness to the light and it successfully accomplishes the vintage meets modern vibe.

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Diosa Fabric Pendant Lamp
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Diosa Fabric Pendant Lamp

13. Arteriors Wilson Pendant or Arteriors Mia Pendant

These are both beautiful pendant options for a low ceiling. 

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Arteriors Wilson Pendant
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Arteriors Wilson Pendant
Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Arteriors Mia Pendant
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Arteriors Mia Pendant

14. Mitzi Alexis Pendant

Another gorgeous set of options that comes in a few different sizes, depending on how much space you’re working with. I could see pairing two of the smaller side by side for impact. 

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Mitzi Alexis Pendant
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Mitzi Alexis Pendant
Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Mitzi Alexis Pendant
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Mitzi Alexis Pendant (30" wide)

15. Crystorama Broche Chandelier

This stands out to me as super fun and funky and a bit unexpected, depending on your space. I love that it can either be hung as a chandelier or a pendant light, so really flexible for low ceilings. 

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Crystorama Broche Chandelier
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Crystorama Broche Chandelier

16. Ribbed Glass Matcha Chandelier or The Renee Ceiling Light

I have my eye on one of these for possible use in the barn. I think the mint green color is so sweet and the ribbed lights give it a lovely sense of character.

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Ribbed Glass Matcha Chandelier
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Ribbed Glass Matcha Chandelier
Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: The Renee Ceiling Light
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: The Renee Ceiling Light

17. FerroLuce San Remo 5-Light Chandelier

This is a gorgeous little option if you’re looking for a traditional meets modern look.

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: FerroLuce San Remo 5-Light Chandelier
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: FerroLuce San Remo 5-Light Chandelier

18. Vintage Inspired Handcrafted Fluted Farmhouse Porcelain Pendant Light

SO so gorgeous. It would make such a statement over a dining room table (or kitchen bar).

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Vintage Inspired Handcrafted Fluted Farmhouse Porcelain Pendant Light
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Vintage Inspired Handcrafted Fluted Farmhouse Porcelain Pendant Light

19. Studia Ball Ceiling Light

A modern take on classic design, the height on the seven bulb version of this light is just 11″ in height, making it a solid option for anyone who has major concerns on ceiling height and table clearance. The 13 bulb version is just 15.7″ in height. And all versions come in green or white.

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Studia Ball Ceiling Light
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Studia Ball Ceiling Light

20. Mitzi MESHELLE Pendant

Inspired by mid-century Danish design, the whimsical umbrella shape on this light is delightful and allows for a soft glow through the shade and around it.

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Mitzi Meshelle Pendant
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Mitzi MESHELLE Pendant

21. Aerin Hampton Chandelier or Birch Lane’s Margo Semi-Flush Mount

Ok, this is a really fun option that brings the character. I personally love this style in the matte white, but both options below come in the gilded finish which adds some really fun drama, as well as silver. (Birch Lane is the cheaper of the two fyi).

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Option: Aerin Hampton Chandelier
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Aerin Hampton Chandelier
Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Birch Lane's Margo Semi Flush Mount
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Birch Lane's Margo Semi Flush Mount

22. Eloise Semi-Flush Mount from Anthropologie

This one gives gorgeous yet simple vintage vibes and comes in a green glass option as well. I could see possibly pairing two if your dining table is substantial.

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Eloise Semi-Flush Mount from Anthropologie
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Eloise Semi-Flush Mount from Anthropologie

23. Cynara Large Flush Mount

I love an artichoke light, but with low ceilings a chandelier version feels out of reach (or rather too within reach if you’re dining underneath it!). This flush mount feels impressive enough to make a statement while hugging close to the ceiling. 

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Cynara Large Flush Mount
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Cynara Large Flush Mount

24. Azure Dome Pendant

The texture on this light adds fun dimension to the striking blue color. And the wire can be adjusted to whatever height you need.

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Azure Dome Pendant Lamp
Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Azure Dome Pendant Lamp

25. Beata Heuman’s Dodo Egg Light

Last but certainly not least (in fact, possibly my favorite!), Beata Heuman’s Dodo Egg Light is #goals. While this makes a great lighting for entryways, bathrooms, kitchens, etc. I also think it could make a really cool light for over the dining table.

Instillerie Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Beata Heuman's Dodo Egg Light
Low Ceiling Lighting Options: Beata Heuman's Dodo Egg Light

Have You Tackled A Low Ceiling Lighting Project? Any Sources To Share?

Let me know in the comments!

xoxox, A

 

Main image: Design and photography by Beata Heuman

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