I can say one thing is for certain when renovating or staging. Lighting is very important. Back in 2007 when we first renovated our home I made the mistake of not having enough lighting. We opted for just potlights in our family room and I think that was a mistake. I know use a combination of ceiling, floor and table lighting. Lets just say that there is plenty of light in our family room now! Potlights have a clean esthetic to them but………..you do not want your room to look like a landing strip! Adding a beautiful pendant for example can add another dimension to a room.
Here is quick overview of lighting placement in a kitchen or dining room (minus pendants over the island) for a quick reference.
Lighting a Kitchen Table with an Eight Foot Ceiling
The base of your pendant or chandelier should be approx. 30″ to 34″ from the base of your kitchen table.
Ceiling Higher than Eight Feet
Designers recommend adding two to three inches for every foot of ceiling height.
According to Living Lighting here in Ottawa to determine the diameter of your fixture above your kitchen or dining room:
Take the width of your table
Divide it by two
That number is the diameter you should use.
Of course these are guidelines and by no means set in stone. I personally like having larger fixtures in some instances. A designer or lighting specialist is worth every penny when renovating or purchasing a new home that requires lighting placement. Our designer/lighting expert gave us valuable advice (for our next kitchen)!