Much like the kitchen, the dining room is a space where family and friends get together to entertain, eat, chat and share special memories. A room with so many applications needs flexible lighting that can be functional and ambient, depending on a given use of the space. The ambience of the space is largely determined by the colour and light in the room. The experts at Eurolux offer their tips below.
The table is usually the focal point in a dining room so make sure the light source is positioned to shine onto the middle of it. The type of table helps to determine what light to use in the space. An elongated fitting works above a long or rectangular table as it spreads light across the length, while a circular fitting will shine a circular rim of light onto a round or square table.
If you do a lot of entertaining, suspend the light fitting so it hangs just above eye level when seated. This lighting trick is often used in restaurants as it creates a social setting and makes it easier to see other people around the table.
Rise and fall lights
Rise and fall lights work well in a dining room, particularly if the dining table doubles as a desk or workspace. This versatile option can be dressed up or down to meet the needs of the space.
As with almost every other room in the home, dimmable downlighters work well in a dining room. For best effect, they should be positioned around the perimeter of the ceiling, 1.5 to 2 metres apart, to control the amount of light in the space. With downlighters, it’s easy to go from having a brightly lit space to a soft and subtle atmosphere. Spacing is key when it comes to downlighters. Equidistant spacing creates pockets of shadow so it is best to space them in between each other, for example, four lights in one row, three in the next and four in the last row.
Solid metal pendant
A solid metal pendant does not diffuse light, so the ceiling remains dark. This modern look is ideal if you want a cosy, intimate space, but bear in mind that these fittings do tend to make the room look smaller. Uplighters counter this darkness, unless the room is very large. If so, they detract from the cosy look and feel.
Pendant with glass diffuser
Pendants with glass diffusers are ideal for small rooms, but they are not the best option if the table is to be the focal point in the space. Glass diffusers diffuse the light onto the ceiling, detracting from the table.
Chandeliers, rather than tables, can be used as aesthetic focal points in dining rooms. They usually create a spread of light, which may be undesirable if you want an intimate look and feel in the space. This problem can be solved by adding a dimmer switch to control the light levels.
Cabinets and sideboards can also be used as focal points in a dining room. It is best to illuminate these subtly by positioning wall lights on either side of the cabinet or sideboard and make it the obvious feature in the room. If the cabinet has glass doors, downlights within the cabinet will illuminate any beautiful crockery, ornaments, and glasses.
The dining room is an ideal space to display art, which becomes a focal point when properly illuminated. Whether it's a sculpture, painting or striking ornament, be sure the object, and not the space around it, is illuminated. This eclipse of light will make the object a point of interest.