Anyhow, I'll briefly elaborate on why a chandelier works so well in a dining space. Basically, a mirror of the right shape and size can amplify the impact of a dramatic light fixture. If you have a glittering chandelier and align a massive beveled edge mirror with it, that chandelier will feel twice as sparkly and bright thanks to the mirror.
This tactic can be applied to basically any light source. I use mirrors behind lamps all of the time because the mirror doubles the light output. Here in my bedroom, my mirrors work double-time in that capacity because they reflect the natural light from the opposing French doors during the day and the lamp light at night.
Do any of you employ mirror tricks like this in your house? If so, tell me about them!
And go check out my HomeGoods post for more mirror chatter :)