A Lamp on the Dinner Table

Some dining areas in small homes are makeshift - not formal dining rooms with wiring in the ceiling for hard-wired lighting over the table. One idea for cozy lighting of such dining areas is with a table lamp:

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Just as we've spotted table lamps on the countertop in the kitchen, why not add a small one to the tabletop? We've sometimes spotted this application in restaurants, but rarely in the home. It would work especially well if your table is in a corner or nook of some sort or against a wall; not so well if it's in the middle of the room.

Seen here is John Singer Sargent's A Dinner Table at Night. It exemplifies how the use of a lamp on the table can create a warm sense of intimacy at dinner with the lighting down at face level, lighting only the tabletop and faces.

Also seen above is Maxwell's own dining table, with lamp.

Do any readers out there light their dinner table with a lamp? Let us know how you do it in the comments below!

Related: Kitchen Design Tip: Lamp on the Counter

(Images: www.johnsingersargent.org; Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.