Lighting a restaurant banquet room requires attention to elegance without losing sight of practical visibility and function. The idea is to over light the facility and through the use of decorative fixtures, special bulb types, and dimmer controls create a mood that sets the banquet room’s light apart as the restaurant’s main attraction. Illuminations Lighting gives restaurant banquet rooms a touch of magic and elegance with layered levels of illumination that enhance atmosphere and consistently maintain sufficient lighting levels for day to day activities such as food preparation, service, and cleanup. Each task, functional, and decorative component receives its own special place in the light in a network of design themes that form a composite illumination scheme that unites function, form, and aesthetics.
Task lighting in restaurant banquet rooms focuses on tables, staircases, walkways, hostess areas, and any special service or preparation areas. Many of our five star restaurant clients have an upstairs banquet room designed to set special events apart from main seating and dining. ILD begins its design work here, at the stairway itself, to provide a safe path of light to the banquet room for restaurant guests to follow. We install toe kick and stair lighting that create the optical effect of a stairway of light. We do this with subtly, using only enough light to bring out the color of carpet and unique features of carpentry. Upstairs in the main facility, we highlight the hostess area with a touch of spotlighting to create a visual point of demarcation between the entrance to the banquet room and the table areas. Tables themselves bathe under a warm glow of indirect light that evenly distributes illumination over the entire surface, providing servers and guests with enough light to see at all times.
As special events require special effects in restaurant banquet rooms, lighting design in these facilities tends heavily toward the decorative. Task is always layered first to accommodate action and safe visibility. Upon this layer of light, ILD designers then add layers of effect and ambience specific to the interior architecture of the room, the number of tables, any decorative pieces like sculptures, and fine artwork along the walls. Sconces play an important role in decorative lighting for restaurant banquet rooms, and different sconces call different fixtures into action. As distributors for dozens of world-class manufacturers, we have access to thousands of pieces that speak to historical periods, architectural points of differentiation, compliments to specific genres of art, and a variety of makes and material builds that bring everything from a classic statement of form to ultra-modern sophistication to the room. Individual tables receive a touch of decorative illumination from above with smaller overhead lights that illuminate flower arrangements and compliment candlelight. With a strong background in interior design, ILD consultants can masterfully balance the furniture style and number of physical tables with sconce lighting along the restaurant banquet room wall, creating geometric patterns of layered light that intersect over dining areas. Our fine art lighting team puts the final touches on the walls with picture lights and special projectors that minimize equipment visibility and create magical “lighting from within” effects around paintings and 3-D artwork.
For larger banquet rooms restaurant lighting designers can team up with technical experts from our home automation department to add control, sophistication, and variety to lighting themes. Rather than illuminating a singular, fixed table layout, our team can install Vantage controls or graphic eyes from Lutron that program multiple layers and levels of light into a central control computer. This allows event hosts the freedom to select a lighting theme specific to the color of table decorations, wood or tablecloth material, the number of guests in attendance, and even create special effects with different colors of light overlaid over task and decorative white light.
Restaurant banquet room lighting design constitutes a special offering for high-end restaurants, country clubs, hotels, and other facilities hosting public events. Our team’s many years of cross training and development in a wide number of parallel industries ensures a truly custom solution specific to the needs and amenities of the particular restaurant. Banquet room lighting designers travel nationwide for selective, large installations. Call 713-873-1133 today and ask for Rick Luberger to schedule an in-depth, complimentary consultation.