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17 Beautiful Dining Room Chandeliers

A round-up of gorgeous dining room chandeliers for every budget and every style!

I’ve been on the hunt for a new dining room chandelier this month, but haven’t been able to make a decision because there are just so many beautiful options out there!

I immediately knew when I walked into my house that the shiny brass 80’s-esque chandelier was going to be one of the first things to go. Don’t get me wrong, I’m finally embracing gold & brass these days, but the chandelier that literally every single housewife installed in the 80’s and 90’s has to go. (You’ll find these in droves at your local Goodwill. It’s an epidemic, I tell ya.)

Kendall Charcoal dining room walls with wood buffet and large round mirror

So in my hunt for a new light fixture, I’ve found a wide range of chandeliers to put on my list. I’m still having trouble with picking JUST one, so maybe you can help me by telling me which one is your favorite in the comments. I’ll share some of my favorites, so you can have an informed decision.

80's style shiny brass dining room chandelier

And actually, once I got the dark charcoal gray paint color on the walls, the original chandelier didn’t look quite as bad. I’ve even considered spray painting it, or using Rub ‘n Buff on it to tone down the shiny brass look, but leave it up there until I save up to buy the chandelier of my dreams. 🤔

Pssstt… do you want to see which one I picked? See the new dining room and chandelier here! And learn how to change a light fixture, if you’ve never done that before!

The Best Chandeliers for a Dining Room

And I know so many of these chandeliers I featured in the graphic above are brass, but many of them come in other finish options! So, while you may not be looking for that brass finish, chances are there are other colors available.

Dining Room Chandeliers for Every Home

And while I tried to choose all styles of dining room lighting, I purposefully left off the mid-century modern/sputnik style lights because I would be lying if I thought they looked good. Ha! I’ll never put one in my home, but if that’s your style, go for it!

1. Modern Spin on a Traditional Chandelier

When I started my hunt, I was pretty dead set on this gorgeous, curvy dining room chandelier. It’s a simple statement piece and pretty modern for my style of home. But, there’s just something about those long, elegant curves that keeps me coming back.

I think it would look good in any home from traditional & classic to the more modern style – even modern farmhouse! It comes in both iron and brass finishes. I bet you can guess which one I’d get!

2. Budget-Friendly Classic Chandelier

Perseus 6 - Light Candle Style Classic : Traditional Chandelier
via Birch Lane

And if you love this look, but the cost is waaaaaay out of your price range, this light (above) is very similar, but it only comes in a black finish. I would recommend spray painting it if you want the gold chandelier in the dining room look (or another finish), but don’t want to shell over the big bucks!

3. Swooping Arms Chandelier with Paper Shades

This next candelabra chandelier with gorgeous shades is probably my top pick at the moment. It’s just breathtaking to me. Although the price tag is not my favorite, I might have to save up for it for a couple years, then splurge.

It comes in 3 finishes: antique silver, bronze and hand-rubbed antique brass. 💗 I love all of the candelabra options out there with the shades. It comes in a smaller, 4-light option as well! It’s such a pretty updated traditional look and I’m here for it!

4. Modern, Airy Lantern

And we all know this pendant light is super popular these days. I love it over a dining table, in an entry way or over a kitchen island. There are a bunch of knock offs of this look, including the one I put in my old foyer. (This is a great budget knock-off!)

5. Rustic Farmhouse Chandelier

If you love the farmhouse look with a rustic dining table and sliding barn doors, this gorgeous dining room table chandelier would be perfect!

Traditional Farmhouse Chandelier with Wrought Iron Accents
via Wayfair

The turned wood piece in the center is just so pretty and pairs perfectly with the white-wash painted iron accents of the candelabra.

6. Crystal Glam Chandelier

When I saw this jaw-dropping crystal chandelier against the dark gray charcoal background, I thought it look stunning my newly painted dining room–if I were going for a glam look! I’m sure it’s even more beautiful in person!

clarissa-crystal-drop-round-chandelier

And if you’re in the hunt for a small dining room chandelier, this one might be the ticket! Several of the lights I’ve shared today come in different sizes. But the smaller size of this one is only 19″ in diameter and 16″ high. (The small and medium sized lantern light fixtures are also pretty small!)

Tips for Hanging a New Dining Room Chandelier

If you are planning to change out your light fixture yourself, you may want to know exact what size light to purchase. You’ll also need to know where to hang it in relation to your table. Here are a few tips from Circa Lighting:

Tips for Hanging Lights over Dining Room Tables

Give between 30″-36″ between the bottom of the chandelier and the top of the table. And make sure the edge of the light is about 6″ from the edge of the table on each side.

If you have a round dining room table, you’ll want the light fixture to be between 1/2 and 3/4ths the diameter of your table.

Final Thoughts

I’m still undecided about sprucing up the chandelier that I already have while I save up my money to buy the one I truly love, or replacing it with a more budget-friendly fixture. (Pssstttt: I ended up with the one I loved!)

The Best Dining Room Chandeliers

Which light fixture is your favorite? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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31 Comments

  1. The most beautiful chandelier is the one you already have!
    It makes the others look like cheap imitations,

  2. A question. Why do almost all chandeliers have the lights pointing towards the ceiling? It seems to me it would be more effective to have the light on the table, possibly with a dimmer switch for adjustability.

    1. I think the diffused light reflecting from the ceiling makes it easier on the eyes, possibly? That’s just my thoughts!

  3. Hi Laura!
    3, 8, 14 and 16 are my choices, in that order.
    I like that you are a regular shopper like us and take a long time to choose things. Some of these lights are very expensive and one needs to save up for them!
    Happy shopping! Looking forward to seeing which one you choose.

  4. So many great choices! I bought the crystal PB one for my dining area 6 months ago and I just LOVE it! Its a statement piece so if you’re not looking for something to stand out, it may not be for you. It cost way more than I would normally spend but I waited for it to go on sale and I am paying for it interest free over 1 year with the PB credit card. It was worth it- it makes me happy every time I walk into the room! Good luck!

    1. Yay!! I love to hear that! I AM looking for a statement piece, so I really have my eye on that one. (And I have that credit card too. – love it! 😉)

  5. I liked so many of the chandeliers that you shared! I also noticed your current chandelier is very similar to some you picked. I’m wondering if spray painting it black or using the rub and buff might not give you a look that you would be happier with. Keep us updated on what you decide to do.

    1. It IS very similar to some I’ve picked. And I’ve contemplated keeping it. But I really think I want an updated one, even if it’s similar. But I could probably spray paint it in the meantime!

  6. I think 15 is spot on for your house Laura, go for it, even if it has to wait until you save for it!

  7. I love your top pick as well. We purchased a new home a few months ago and I have a chandelier very similar to yours. It has been painted white. I have a suspicion it may have been gold. I love it! We have 14 ft ceilings and it has 16 lights which lights up the room beautifully. Even though the space is technically designated as “dining area”, we use it as our office. With the price of lights (not to mention the quality of the older light), I think we are hanging out with this one for now. I can’t wait to see what you choose!

    1. 16 is definitely a front runner. I love that #1, too, though! I’m a sucker for a “wagon wheel” light. Maybe I could do one in my eat-in kitchen and one in the dining room. Decisions, decisions!

  8. I think I would take out the bulbs and remove the “candle covers” and paint your existing one with oil rubbed bronze spray paint. JMO

    1. I’m afraid oil rubbed bronze would fade into the paint color in that room, though. I do love oil rubbed bronze, though, and most of my lighting in my last house was that finish! Thanks for the input. I bought some rub n’ buff to see how it’ll work!

  9. Hey Laura! These are great picks. My favorites are 8 & 14 – I think they would look terrific in your dining room. But so would your favorite – no. 15. I love the elegant curves. If that one is truly your favorite, my advice would be save up for it. After all, you will see this chandelier every time you walk to & from the front door, & all the time while you are working in your office. Just my two cents. I might need to shop for # 3, or save for the PB light, for my own (really tiny) dining room! Either one would give it a great new look. Thanks for the ideas! Can’t wait to hear what you decide.

    1. Those would definitely pull out the farmhouse look of my table and buffet! I’m trying to figure out how I can put one over my table in my eat-in kitchen and one in my dining room, so I don’t have to just pick one. Haha!

  10. I would say 3, 11, 14, and 16, but I love the first and second pictures you posted from Pottery Barn and Birch Lane as .they are fabulous; however, any of those you selected are beautiful, though, so you wouldn’t go wrong with those choices.

  11. Oh my you don’t make it easy! They are all beautiful, but my top three are 8, 10, 6. Good luck, it’s gonna be tough!

  12. Hello,
    Your new home is lovely and I look forward to seeing your decor progress. Those dining room lights are all fantastic and I could not pick one. My favorites are 1, 2, and 14. Can’t wait to see what you choose.
    Linda

    1. I love that people are noticing 11. I didn’t draw any attention to it, but it really is beautiful! Maybe I’ll pick THAT one to go in my eat-in kitchen???

      1. I love 5,8,and14! They are different yet have some commonality. Think they all might bring some pop to the gray background. Love the color it’s a great starting point! G00D LUCK

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