Nobody likes eating in the dark, so practicality must meet design when choosing the correct style lighting for your entertaining space.
Where will your table sit and what size do you need to fit how many chairs? Is the space too small for a chandelier or is the cluster of pendants you like are in coordination with the style of your home? Are they bright enough or does the feature pendant clash with the ambience of the setting? These are all aspects that need to be carefully considered as the dining room is an integral part of your home. After-all, aren’t we all looking to celebrate a style that will pay infinite decorating dividends?
Entertaining and sharing food at home is all about setting a scene and nothing controls the mood more than your dining room lighting. It isn’t about the way it separates your dining from you living area in an open plan layout, rather the way it regulates the central intimacy of your home so connection can transpire and your hosting artistry can prosper on display. Investing in eye-catching dining room lighting will provide a focal point, a conversation starter and give the feel of added grandeur. We look at every aspect to make sure your presentation skills, your beautifully designed home and your guests experience the limelight, captivating the senses on every level.
Setting the mood.
Ambience and atmosphere are important, and that means the brightness and warmth of your lighting. We suggest using a dimmer to control feel and tone (and flatter your guests). The best light for evening entertaining is low-level warm light – it creates an intimate atmosphere and, it enhances the aesthetics - all of them. Other things to consider is if your dining area multi-purpose. Does your dining table double as the place where the kids do their homework? Here are the four main things you need to know.
- Lumens: light is measured in lumens, which is the amount of light emitted in all directions from the bulb. The higher the lumens of the bulb, the more illuminated your room will be.
- Beam angle: the way the light falls over your space depends on the bulb and the shade of your light. The three main angles, from smallest to largest, include a spotlight, a flood light, and a wide flood light.
- Temperature: the warmth of a bulb is measured in degree kelvin and ranges from ‘very warm’ (1000k), ‘warm white’ (2700-3000k), ‘natural white’ (4000k), and ‘day light’ (6500k) to ‘very cool’ (10,000k).
- Energy efficiency: LED bulbs are generally known for being the more energy efficient options for modern light bulbs. They have a longer life, and that means you buy fewer bulbs and create less waste.
Style that lights you up.
Fashions fade, lighting is nocturnal. Inviting and enticing styling suggestions to help you make the best possible use out of your available space.
I like my money right where I can see it… hanging from the ceiling. Because the light over a dining table has such a specific use, it does give you the opportunity to do something dramatic and make a statement.
If you’re fortunate enough to have ceilings, cluster lighting will give your dining room character and the impact you’re looking for. There are no rules here, try mixing large and small pendants or differing heights. Alternatively, you can purchase a complete cluster which will be easier for your electrician to install. Speak with us if you are looking for style guidance.
This style is created through your selection of bulb. Globes with exposed filaments give a warm retro feel, creating an industrial design and adding character, especially if you’re short on space. If you’ve got more space to cover, double up your pendants by suspending two or more of the same light at the same height over your table. This gives a more vintage appeal. Cluster pendants and industrial cage lights expose the raw light best, working well with the minimalist style.
With consideration of the texture and material of your dining table surrounding furniture, be careful not to impact the overall style of your space and avoid appearances that are too alike. Contrast timber tables with natural concrete pendants and cork detailing or stark metal cage lights for an industrial-glam touch. If you’ve gone with a glass tabletop, we suggest clean style-lines with matte metal shades or contrasting rattan textures for a laid-back, beachy feel.
Combine table lamps and wall lights to avoid glaring light in smaller spaces. Layering lights helps you achieve the perfect medium between beaming and soft light. Incorporating multiple light sources gives you options: so give yourself a choice of moods with a few other lamps around the place. How about a table lamp on a sideboard, or a couple of wall lights to match your pendant?
Less is more
Keep it simple with the right single pendant or ceiling light, ideal for smaller spaces. Modern décor is based mostly on clean forms, complex designs may not blend so well in a polished styled space. We see the minimalism trend becoming even more popular this year as more low-profile, simple geometric fixtures enter the market. Understated neutral soft colours are taking precedent over extravagant aesthetics.