Friday, December 27, 2013

Guide to dining room lighting

Have you ever noticed different lights and their elaborate composition in restaurants, cafés or pastry shops?

Ambient lighting is for the overall illumination of the space, while accent lighting is used to add drama and highlight certain features and accent pieces.

Lighting design can create a beautiful ambiance, make food look better and pull together a dining experience at a whole new level. Take a cue from public dining areas and create your own stunning dining room lighting design.

Warm white

The key to good lighting in a dining space is to use warm white light or yellow lights only. Fluorescent lights are an absolute no-no, as they don’t enhance and even drown out the color of the food.

Combination of lights

Ambient lighting is for the overall illumination of the space, while accent lighting is used to add drama and highlight certain features and accent pieces. A combination of these two types of lighting is needed to add depth and character to your dining room.

Pendant lights

Having your china cabinet in the dining room is a great way to show off your prized pieces.

Overhead lighting is important in any dining area. It lights up the main area and acts as a visual anchor in the room. Pendant lights or chandeliers are best hung at thirty to thirty-six inches above the tabletop surface.

For a long rectangular table, you may opt to use a ceiling fixture in a rectangular shape to provide even lighting across the table. Another alternative is to use several pendants and hang them over the table with even spaces in between.

Huge pendants can create the illusion of a lower ceiling height and a more intimate setting that encourages conversation.

China cabinets

Having your china cabinet in the dining room is a great way to show off your prized pieces. Your collection can also serve as a conversation starter for gatherings and parties.

Illuminate your beloved china display by installing recessed can lights on the shelves. Their low light levels create a more relaxed atmosphere, similar to a cozy café.

Sideboards and buffets

Some dining rooms also have sideboards and buffets. These areas should be implemented with task lighting to facilitate better service during parties and gatherings. - Aislinn Kee


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