Opening up a restaurant takes patience, creativity and of course, money. But, while new restaurateurs often jump to spend boatloads of cash on other aspects of decorating, like on the furniture, dishes and an audio system, one aspect that is often neglected is the lighting. In the restaurant business - which is extremely competitive - everything, including the illumination, needs to be perfect. Although this may be a lot of pressure, that doesn't mean that selecting lighting fixtures needs to give owners a headache. Lighting experts agree that the type of lighting in a restaurant should fit what type of atmosphere the owners are looking to create. If it is a bar, it may not be necessary to spend thousands of dollars on contemporary chandeliers. At the same time, it most likely wouldn't be appropriate to install just floor lamps throughout the space. It may be more practical to try something such as dining lights. Next, interior decorators believe that a necessary step in selecting proper lighting is determining how much ambient light is coming through the windows. If windows surround the whole restaurant, it isn't necessary to bombard precious space with extra large fixtures. However, if the opposite is true, wall sconces
are a beautiful way to add charm, sophistication and of course, light. If overhead lighting is needed in the restaurant, modern ceiling pendants are wonderful fixtures that add just enough light to create the perfect atmosphere. Many come in a wide variety of colors, like white or bright blue, and materials such as plastic or aluminum, which give business owners plenty of options to suit their personal style.