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RectangularA rectangular table is the most traditional choice but works just as well in a modern setting as it does in one that’s steeped in history. Make it betterIf your space lends itself to a rectangular table, don’t be afraid to choose one that’s on the narrow side. Even a table that’s 28 inches wide will allow space for shared dishes in the middle of the table and, best of all, will bring your dining mates closer together. The danger in having a rectangular table that’s on the wide side is that it will feel overly formal and impersonal, rather than warm and welcoming, as you want it to be.
Recessed lightingRecessed lighting is typically used to spread light over a large surface. The fixture is hidden in a hollow in the ceiling, with the rim amd the bulb sitting flush with its surface. They are also called downlights, for obvious reasons. Here, while recessed lights illuminate the whole room, they work in conjunction with the horizontal lights of the pendants, which are meant to light up the dining table.