In a decoration project, the question of lighting can arise at different times. If you are on a complete renovation project for your room and it includes electricity, you will have to ask yourself where you want to position your lights. Ditto if you plan to renovate the ceiling, do you need to change the location of your main light? On the other hand, if you only change the decoration or a part of it in your dining room, the question of lighting will come at the end of your project. The lights finalize your decoration. They must be chosen with care to match the atmosphere you want to set up in your living room. They must also be functional to be able to spend pleasant moments around the table. In this article, We invite you to discover what are the mistakes to avoid in the dining room concerning lighting but also the solutions available to you. I will end this article with a selection of lighting dedicated to the dining room to give you some ideas to magnify your decoration.
MISTAKES TO AVOID FOR SUCCESSFUL DINING ROOM LIGHTING
In the dining room, choosing the lighting and fixtures is less obvious than in the living room for example. We spend less time there. The needs are different. So before talking to you about the lighting solutions available to decorate and illuminate your living room, we will look at the mistakes that are most often made in the dining room.
ERROR 1: USE ONLY ONE LIGHT SOURCE IN THE DINING ROOM
Even if the table is in the center of the room and it is the main element, relying only on a light above this piece of furniture is a mistake. Yes, you will see what you eat. But the rest of the room may be dark. Having multiple light sources in the dining room makes it easier for you to move around the table. This can also have decorative interests such as the enhancement of a painting or a plant. In the kitchen, I insisted that the lighting should be functional and decorative. It’s a bit the same here. And a single light source is not enough to light the whole room and be decorative. Imagine that you want a minimalist dining room, we prefer a series of spotlights on the ceiling rather than a single suspension above the table. The spots are more discreet than the pendant lights, they allow the light to be diffused throughout the room. So we have the 2 objectives (functionality + decoration) achieved.
MISTAKE 2: USING A COLD LIGHT IN THE LIVING ROOM
The temperature of light is often chosen instinctively. Yellow light is much warmer than white light. And in a living room, the warmth of the atmosphere is important. Even if white light seems more functional, it is to be avoided. You can use different wattage powers in the dining room. For the tabletop, it is advisable to use bulbs between 60 and 75 watts. For the auxiliary luminaires, you can go down to 40 watts.
MISTAKE 3: FORGETTING TO LIGHT THE DINING TABLE
Even if you don’t have a ceiling light, which sometimes happens, it is essential to light the dining room table, just to see clearly when you eat there. The most common solution is the use of the floor lamp. Thanks to its foot, it will allow you to shift the light without disturbing you around the table.
WHAT SOLUTIONS TO LIGHT UP THE LIVING ROOM?
As I wrote above, the choice of lighting in the dining room is less instinctive than for the living room, but it is not that complicated either. There are several solutions to magnify your decoration and your room.
LIGHTING ABOVE THE DINING TABLE
You will understand, the lighting above the table is essential to light it. What should you know and take into account when choosing the right light? The first thing is to choose the fixture according to the shape of your table. If your table is round, square, or rectangular, the fixture will be different. For a round or square table, a suspension in the center of the table is sufficient. On the other hand, for a rectangular table, the luminaire will have to diffuse light in a wider way. One can imagine a pendant lamp with several light sources.
THE TABLE LAMP – A DECORATIVE ACCESSORY NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED
What is interesting with the table lamp is that it will bring detail to your decoration. In a Modern Glam atmosphere, for example, you can imagine a table lamp with a golden or brass base. We can also imagine a white marble lamp. In a more natural atmosphere like the seaside or countryside, we will have a rattan or wicker lamp, a lampshade in natural textiles. In a more minimalist atmosphere, the table lamp will reinforce the idea of simplicity thanks to its shape and the materials used.