How to Choose Breakfast Nook Lights and 25+ Favorite Options

March 10, 2020

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Everything you need to know about choosing a perfect light fixture to hang in your breakfast nook or kitchen dining space, along with over 25 options for your modern farmhouse.




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In my breakfast nook, there aren't a whole lot of design choices to be made or places to inject a lot of modern farmhouse style.  It is a small space and really, what more do you need in a dining nook other than a place to eat?


For this reason, the few pieces that I include need to pack a punch.  All the texture, color, and style are wrapped up in a few design elements, so I must be very intentional in choosing a table, chairs and a light fixture.  At the same time, what I choose for this small space needs to coordinate with the direction I'm taking the kitchen for it's eventual remodel.


All of this is true for most of you who are or may be considering a remodel of a designated dining area in your kitchen.


Today I wanted to focus specifically on choosing lighting for this space as I think you have to go about it differently in a breakfast nook than in your larger dining room.  Not every kitchen is going to have this special space available, but if you do, I'd like to help guide you to make the best possible choice, as well as share some of my favorite options I've found while shopping for my own.



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ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR CHOOSING A PERFECT BREAKFAST NOOK LIGHT FIXTURE





MEASURE YOUR ROOM



Hang a light that is too large for the space, and the entire room could feel dwarfed by it.  On the other hand, a light that is too small will be lost and can't act as the accent that it should be.  You want whatever light you choose to be seen, but you also don't want it to be the only thing you see.

A good rule of thumb for choosing the right sized light for your room is to add the length and width of your room together (in feet) and choose that sized light in inches.  For example a room that is 12 foot by 10 foot, you'd want a light that is about 22 inches around.


CONSIDER THE SIZE OF YOUR TABLE



Ideally, the light fixture that you choose should be about 12 inches less than the smallest width of your dining table. That way, it can be appropriately sized to light the spanse of your table, yet not so large that someone hits their head on it as they sit down.



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HANG AT THE CORRECT HEIGHT



A light fixture should be hung at a height of 30" to 36" inches above your tabletop depending on the height of your ceiling.  This keeps the fixture from being so low that it blocks your view of guests at the table or interferes with a centerpiece, yet hangs close enough to still shine light over the table.


DON'T BLOCK A GREAT VIEW



If your breakfast nook has a great view of the outdoors or windows allowing a lot of light to stream in, you'll want to choose a light fixture you can see through rather than one with a heavy shade.  This way, you can still see through the fixture to the outside and light can shine through it.



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LOOK FOR ENOUGH LIGHT



The exact number of bulbs and total wattage that you need depends on how large of a space you're trying to light and if there are any other light sources in the space.



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COORDINATE WITH THE KITCHEN



If your breakfast nook area is a part of the kitchen or opens directly into it, you'll want to find a breakfast nook light fixture that looks like it goes with the kitchen lighting.  For example, if you have glass pendant lights over a kitchen island that are hanging from black metal poles, you don't want to choose a nickel plated finish for the breakfast nook light.

At the same time, I don't think that you should choose the exact same light for the two spaces, because the breakfast nook light is a good place to inject a little added style and accent the room with something different.


Now that we've discussed what to look for, here are some of my favorite options for buying a modern farmhouse style breakfast or kitchen nook light fixture.





25+ BREAKFAST NOOK LIGHTING OPTIONS











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