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Elegant Restaurant Chandelier Ideas

Elegant Restaurant Chandelier Ideas

A restaurant chandelier is a larger lighting fixture that sets the tone of the dining experience. It is a focal point. All other fixtures should complement the style of the chandelier and the mood created.

So, where do you begin in selecting such an important lighting piece? Continue reading for expert lighting tips on style, function, and appropriate size for restaurant chandeliers.

What Is Your Brand Style?

What sets your restaurant apart from others in your area? Do you have specific brand colors that are used in your furniture, flooring, and accessories? Is there a specific theme or type of food that is served?

All of these branding questions are important to answer as you plan for lighting.

A chandelier is a statement piece that should reflect how you want patrons to feel when they visit your restaurant. Elegance can be achieved with many different styles that also are unique to your brand.

Types of Restaurant Chandeliers

What comes to mind when you think of elegance? Is it lots of shimmering lights or the sheer size of a chandelier? Let's look at types of chandeliers for restaurant use that are not only elegant but focus on a particular style.

Crystal Chandelier

The style that many people envision for a chandelier has lots of glass or crystals. 

This style of chandelier is associated with opulence and high glamour. In many styles of crystal chandeliers, a shimmering effect is achieved with tiers of smaller lights that cascade around a central light. 

Traditionally, this style features all clear crystals. Consider a crystal chandelier that also offers a bit of color to compliment other aspects of your decor or mimic brand colors.

Modern Elegance

Modern chandeliers offer interesting shapes and dare to position lights in a way that is different from what is expected. 

Think about the shapes already existing in your restaurant. Are there curves in your seating arrangements? Are your tables square or round?

The way modern chandeliers are designed can also create a mood. For example, an oceanside seafood restaurant may benefit from a chandelier shape that suggests the fluidity of water. A netting of lights can also be a form that works well with this theme.

Minimalist Flair

Minimalism is all about clean lines and no fuss. Forms tend to be organized and functional. Yet, it is also very elegant in the choice of materials. 

Choose matching metals or mix them in a gentle, complementary way. Look for chandeliers that have minimal adornment. Colors should be subtle and focus on reducing chaos.

Whimsical Sophistication

If you want your patrons to have fun but also know that they are dining at a quality restaurant, pair whimsical themes with high-grade materials. 

Fun shapes that encourage diners to feel relaxed and encourage conversation can be a great choice. Choose options that are flowing and relaxed but offer that elegant distinction you're seeking.

Where to Place a Chandelier

Where your restaurant chandelier is located depends on its function and size. Larger chandeliers act as a statement piece and should have a wow factor. Smaller chandeliers provide optimal lighting in more intimate settings.


The entrance to your restaurant is a perfect choice for a statement chandelier that sets the tone. This piece should make your patrons feel that they are about to encounter a place that is special. You've chosen well if you start to notice customers looking up with mouths agape when entering the foyer.

The foyer chandelier should be located in a central area near the hostess station. This location demands a larger chandelier that provides great lighting for removing coats and browsing menus. 


Thought about a chandelier for your bar area? Chandeliers come in many shapes in addition to the traditional round shape.

The bar area is the place to relax. Encourage sipping bubbles with this elegant chandelier. This example provides ample lighting that is non-intrusive. 

A chandelier for a bar area does its job well if it provides intimate lighting and plenty of headspace for patrons to sit comfortably. 

Individual Tables

Smaller restaurant chandeliers can be used at each table. Mimic the shape of your tables in a dining room chandelier.

You can also offer larger chandeliers that provide light for multiple seating areas and feature candles for individual tables. Table lamps that repeat the same finishes or form can also be placed for patrons to decide if they want more light.


The walkways restaurant staff use to deliver courses must be well lit for safety.

This is an area in which chandeliers with multiple lights work very well. They should light the traffic path well, yet softly illuminate the edges of seating. The effect is a safe path without intruding on intimate dining.  

What Is the Correct Size?

The size you choose for your chandelier will depend on ceiling height, area to illuminate, and head clearance. 

For higher ceilings, try a linear chandelier or others that offer adjustable cable lengths. Keep in mind that the length should provide plenty of head clearance but also be manageable to clean. 

Dining room chandeliers that are used for individual tables should provide lighting for the table only. Patrons want to see their meal clearly without unwanted glare. They should also be able to pass things along the table with plenty of head clearance.

Get Lighting Design Assistance

Delicious culinary creations are at the heart of every great restaurant. Yet, the presentation counts and encourages patrons to keep coming back.

Make a great presentation with a restaurant chandelier that gives that wow factor as dining guests arrive. Keep them coming back with elegant table lighting that reflects your brand messaging and personal style.

Ready to start creating an elegant ambiance for your restaurant? Schedule a consultation with a lighting designer from Interior Deluxe today.

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