Restaurant lighting by Illuminations Lighting and Design illuminates and enhances the specific interior design, ambience, furnishings, and decorations that distinguish a fine restaurant as a unique, exclusive establishment. Because of the many points of differentiation that make an upscale restaurant truly one of a kind, each restaurant lighting system features a high level of customization and specialized lighting effects specific to the individual client. By gaining a clear picture of the many lighting layers and lighting effects we combine in an individual system, one can visualize how we synthesize each of these various elements into a custom restaurant lighting theme that reflects and enhances key elements of design, ambience, atmosphere, and patronage.
In order to achieve the appropriate lighting levels and effects necessary for custom restaurant lighting, our consultants cross train periodically in parallel industries and multiple disciplines. When developing a restaurant lighting theme, we draw from partnerships with architectural and an interior design firm whose imparted expertise enables us to catch the subtleties of building style and ornate decorum with just the right mood, level, and colors of light. We inspect the facility and itemize distinguishing features in ceiling design and height, placement and position of tables, entrances and hallways, color and texture of flooring and carpet, and style, genre, and the types of artwork that decorates the establishment. We pay very close attention to the size and number of windows so we can ensure balance and synthesis between external lighting and interior restaurant lighting. For country club, hotel, and resort restaurants, we design complimentary exterior, landscape, and architectural lighting themes that completely illuminate and bathe the entire property in light and set apart the building as a more refined, relaxed, and better reality than the surrounding world.
We establish immediate mood and ambience with low-level accent lighting just inside the front entrance. This creates a refined, romantic mood that distinguishes the world within the restaurant as a place of enjoyment, comfort, and retreat. Depending on the material build and interior architecture of the entrance, we will create any number of ambient and diffused lighting themes characterized by subtle shifts in luminosity and color that calm emotions. This often involves combining accent lighting with indirect lighting that descends gently in a “wash” of light from suspended luminaries or cove lights in the restaurant vestibule ceiling. We expand and develop this theme by extending the same lighting levels and colors around the walls through decorative lighting fixtures such as wall sconces cast in period designs and art design lighting using concealed projectors and picture lights. Overhead recessed lights installed on dimmer switches allow us to illuminate tables and seating with controlled levels of task lighting that allow one to see without overwhelming the nuances and subtleties of decorative restaurant lights, and we can even complement furniture style and decorative elements with chandeliers that unite form and function and enhance task with fine taste.
For each specific area within a five star restaurant, we have specialized fixtures and proprietary design strategies that highlight both the purpose and the atmosphere of the area. We install custom lighting designs in banquet rooms, specialty task lights in kitchens, and executive office lighting for restaurant owners and managers. Call today for complimentary consultation and preliminary design proposal from our award-winning team of professionals.