It's no secret that some of our favorite interior design tricks revolve around bringing the outdoors in. Thanks to indoor plants and coastal-inspired decor, being at home can feel like a breath of fresh air or a weekend at the beach even in the comfort of your living room. (Okay, okay, that's a stretch, but it's pretty close.)
Beach-inspired decor can usually be spotted by its mix of organic textures, such as jute, sisal, rattan, wood, and capiz, along with a natural color palette incorporating a heavy dose of neutrals, blues, and greens.
Today, we're sharing how to bring seaside-inspired design to your dinner table with our favorite coastal dining room lighting ideas. Whether you're shopping for an eat-in kitchen nook or a bona fide dining table, we've got you covered.
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The Best Coastal Dining Room Lighting Ideas
1. Beads or bust.
This Serena & Lily chandelier gives a nod to tradition with a classic tiered silhouette while the abaca and coconut beads allow it to maintain a casual, relaxed vibe. While the scale of this piece is quite grand, the airy materials mean that you can use this in a small or large dining space without overwhelming the room.
2. Rattan is your best friend.
Invite rich textures into your home with an oversize drum chandelier like this one from Ballard Designs. It's handwoven from rattan and natural seagrass, meaning it creates a beautiful, neutral color palette to pair with similar shades or coastal colors.
3. Light up a lantern.
Becki Owens proves that coastal dining room lighting doesn't have to feature nautical rope, seashells, or coral. For this beach-chic eatery, she went with a pair of glass geometric lanterns that impart a hint of Spanish influence to a cool and relaxed seaside design. The brass finish adds a dash of glam.
4. Mix materials.
The shape of this chandelier by Bay Isle Home is clean and modern while the woven rattan construction gives a nautical nod to the dining room. For a large, rectangular table, pair two of the chandeliers side by side to achieve a striking but balanced look.
5. Infuse a little boho.
While wood-beaded coastal dining room lighting is fairly common, it's the stunning draped composition of this fixture that sets it apart from the rest. Pair it with light woods and sea blue accents for a vacationworthy dining experience.
6. Rope reads nautical.
Weathered gold and rustic rope make this globe chandelier ideal for a coastal dining room. Style yours with Windsor-style chairs (as seen here) and a painted wood table to match the relaxed, simple aesthetic.
7. Keep it pretty and petite.
With gold tones and recognizable cagelike fronts, few things feel more nautical than classic bulkhead ship lights. This unique buoy pendant light from Soho Home updates that iconic look, bringing it into modern homes with a minimal globe shape and white gloss glass. It's wrapped in that familiar aged brass frame to add coastal style to any dining room.
8. Add modern flair.
This West Elm chandelier adds a modern edge to coastal dining room lighting thanks to tiered capiz shells hanging from a rectangular frame. Highlight the pearlescent quality of the natural material by pairing it with a complementary palette — pink, violet, light blue, beige, gray — and plenty of light, airy materials.
9. Take a traditional route.
While this gold rectangular lantern-style pendant from Serena & Lily could work beautifully with myriad dining room styles, we love it with seaside-inspired decor. The shape of the lantern allows it to feel just a touch elevated and formal, but the absence of glass keeps the vibe relaxed and airy — the ideal mix for coastal dining room lighting.