Your choice of lighting has a notable impact on the look and feel of a room. In the dining room, it sets the mood and creates an ambience. It also serves a functional purpose. The technique of layering lighting should be applied to all rooms of the home, and the dining room is no exception. By layering your lighting, you create a multi-dimensional effect, preventing the space from feeling flat and lifeless. These are our thoughts on layering lighting in your dining room.
What is Layered Lighting?
Layered lighting is a design technique where you combine different types of lighting. The three layers of lighting are known as ambient, task and accent lighting. Ambient lighting gives the room its overall illumination so that occupants can move about it comfortably and safely. Task lighting provides focused lighting for specific activities such as reading, cooking, or working. Accent lighting is used to showcase and highlight certain features in a room, from architecture to artwork. When you combine these three layers you create a visually dynamic space that meets your functional and aesthetic needs.
Why is Layered Lighting Important in the Dining Room?
In the dining room, layered lighting is important because it is a space where people gather to socialise and enjoy meals together. It is often also used for more task-oriented activities like building puzzles and completing homework or household admin. The goal is to create a warm and welcoming ambience, while also providing adequate illumination for dining and other activities. Connecting your lights to a dimmer switch will allow you to adjust the level of brightness in the room. This means you can have brighter light for projects and softer light for entertaining and relaxing.
How to Layer Lighting in the Dining Room?
Select a primary source of ambient light to give the room its overall illumination. A chandelier or pendant works well in this space. Keep in mind that the size and style of the fixture should complement the size and style of the room.
Adjustable fixtures that can be directed at specific areas are ideal for task lighting in the dining room but pendants, table lights and wall sconces can all work too.
To highlight any decorative elements or interesting architectural features in your dining room turn to recessed, track and picture lights.