Proof That Contemporary Dining Room Lighting Should Always Be on the Menu

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Contemporary style, the design approach made popular in the latter half of the 20th century and still remains popular today, provides perfect visuals in a dining room. Known for its artistic look, sleek lines, and unexpected materials, it can make for quite a conversation starter among your dinner guests.

This is especially true of contemporary dining room lighting, which will absolutely take center stage in your space. As you shop for the perfect fixture, you'll want to keep an eye out for abstract shapes, gleaming metallic finishes, clean lines, and slick curves.

To get you stared on your quest, here are 11 contemporary light fixtures that will look simply radiant in any dining space.

1. IKEA PS 2014 Pendant Lamp, $69.99

In our opinion, contemporary dining room lighting should definitely double as a sculptural piece of art that hangs right above the table. IKEA happens to specialize in light fixtures like these, including this copper and white pendant lamp with a design that you can adjust and customize as you see fit.

2. Connors 7-Light Unique/Statement Geometric Chandelier, $537

A gold geometric chandelier is pretty much the epitome of contemporary style, and we guarantee this one will make a bold statement in your dining room.

3. Emil 3-Light Unique/Statement Chandelier, $234

Midcentury design tends to lend itself easily to contemporary style, since the two aesthetics briefly overlapped during the mid-20th century. For example, this light fixture could work in midcentury and contemporary dining rooms alike.

4. West Elm Staggered Glass 6-Light Chandelier in Milk, $499 – $583

The Sputnik chandelier typically associated with midcentury visuals can make its way over to contemporary dining room lighting, too. This West Elm version is an updated take on the classic silhouette, with its milk glass shades and lustrous brass frame.

5. IKEA Skymningen Pendant Lamp, $69.99

IKEA is at it again with an oh-so-current pendant lamp. Right at home in any contemporary style dining room, this one has a curved sculptural shade that's rendered in plastic.

6. Ladarius 4-Light Unique Globe Chandelier, $447

We think this eye-catching light fixture could just as easily live in an art museum as it could in the middle of your dining room. Complete with spherical glass shades and gleaming curves, it will instantly inject glamorous flair into your contemporary space.

7. CB2 Capitol Large White Bell Pendant Light, $329

Contemporary dining room lighting can look very minimalist at times, and this CB2 pendant is no exception. The simple and sleek bell shape leans Scandinavian and is the perfect complement to the picturesque arched windows in the background.

8. Brayden Studio Bockman 8-Light Sputnik Modern Linear Chandelier, $429.99

Here's another interpretation of the classic Sputnik chandelier. This one goes in an asymmetrical direction, showcasing eight glass shades and a brass finish. If you have a large table, this contemporary dining room light is ideal.

9. Jarrell 5-Light Candle Style Geometric Chandelier, $376

Contemporary style often embraces geometric shapes, as demonstrated by this cool chandelier. Notice how the black finish of the honeycomb-shaped fixture pairs flawlessly with the black dining room chairs and window trim.

10. Orren Ellis Dyal 3-Light Unique/Statement Tiered LED Chandelier, $174.99

For a true work of art, look no further than this amazing tiered chandelier, outfitted in LED lights for a look that's more Jetsons than anything else. We think it'll look best in a minimalist-meets-contemporary dining room where it can really steal the show.

11. Unison Dome Black Large Pendant Lamp, $550

If you're looking for contemporary dining room lighting with a simple, clean, no-frills design, your search is over. This classic dome-shaped beauty has industrial flair and modern edge, and always makes an impact.


Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.

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