Advantages of Pendant Lights In Cafes and Restaurants

Investment in lighting is important for any hospitality business after all your guests want to be able to see what they’re eating but, on the other hand, they don’t want to dine in an area where the light is artificially bright and overpowering. So, getting your lighting right is an important element of creating a welcoming ambience for your customers.

Typically as a business, you probably need more than one type of lighting – technically termed as ‘layered lighting’ this is because you’ve probably got several different areas within your cafe and restaurant, all requiring different types of lighting and at different levels. We’re going to concentrate on pendant lighting which is extremely versatile and works well alongside other types of lighting such as inset LED ceiling lights and wall sconces.

Breaks up the monotony
Pendant lights help break up the monotonous of just one main light hung in the middle of a ceiling and the best thing is that they don’t leave a ‘footprint’ behind by taking up valuable countertop space. In fact, it helps to think of pendant lights as offering a big ‘pool’ of light since in the main their light is directed down to illuminate a larger area.

Task lighting
Pendant lights are often considered a useful source of task lighting and in a cafe or restaurant, they can be used to great effect to light up workstations where condiments, cutlery, and serviettes, etc may be displayed. They’re also great for lighting up a buffet table so that customers can see quite clearly all of the different dishes that have been set out.

High ceilings
Another benefit of pendant lights is that they can be suspended on long cords to bring your lighting down to your customers and look fabulous in an industrial space with high ceilings where they can be used to make a bold statement.

Modern and classic
Another thing we love about pendant lights is their versatility. They come in a huge range of styles, sizes, and colours. Traditionally pendant lighting was considered as a contemporary addition to the home or business but nowadays there are vintage styled pendant lights which fit equally as well with classical furniture and fittings.

Versatility
Pendant lights can be fun as well as functional and people feel comfortable with them because they throw out a light which is soft and not as harsh as a spotlight. Why not use coloured shades to create a sculpted piece of artwork which not only reflects on objects below but on your customers too? You can also use pendant lights to divide up certain areas of your cafe instead of screens which can make smaller spaces feel a little claustrophobic. The variety of sizes from pendant lights as small as a wine glass to gigantic vertical shades means that the only limitation is possibly your imagination.

Tips and Inspiration For Coffee Shop Design

Whether you run a cafe or coffee shop or are looking to open one you may be wondering what is the best way to approach its interior, décor, and furniture. We’ve put together a few tips to help you.

Know your customers

While this might seem an obvious point, it’s still worth ys pointing out that there’s very little point in opening a trendy industrial style cafe complete with Edison light bulbs and exposed brick walls if your potential clientele are seniors more interested in gingham table clothes, wood panelling, and pretty teapots on the table, and vice versa. Ultimately it’s a good idea to place yourself somewhere in the middle with a cozy comfortable look which will attract older clientele as well as younger, more trendy customers.

Mix and match coffee shop and bistro furniture

There is nothing that states that all your cafe furniture has to match. Instead, the great thing about independent cafes is that you don’t have to settle for the uniform look of the larger chains. Try mixing and matching your cafe chairs for a casual look or add some bar tables and high stools for elevation. You can give it your own stamp of personality with character in abundance to make it stand out from the crowd.

Up the wall

Whether your walls are painted, wallpapered, or exposed brick, they serve as a  canvas on which to showcase your cafe’s individuality. Customers like homemade and local touches so why not try to source vintage maps of your suburb and have them framed and mounted on the wall. Alternatively you might consider hanging artwork from local artists which is a great way to add colour and interest. Rotating your exhibitions is also likely to encourage customers to come back on a regular basis.

Light fantastic

Edison light bulbs are commonplace in industrial styled interiors so you might want to think outside of the box a little more. Lights inset into your walls can create a softer lighting and add a warm upward glow while pendant lights with wire shades add atmosphere.

Rather than rows of straight lighting suspended over your tables try varying the style and length of your lighting. LED lighting can be placed at floor level along the edge of a room or set above a table where your condiments, cutlery, and sauces are displayed. Also, remember that natural light is best so why not consider installing a skylight in the ceiling and keep windows as clutter free as possible.

Flowers on the tables

Flowers immediately brighten up a table but you don’t have to place them in traditional vases. Instead, why not consider old enamel or china teapots, decorative jam jars, large drinking glasses or even something more quirky like a branded food tin.

Finally, don’t forget that coffee is in itself an attractive commodity. You could store dark shiny coffee beans in pretty glass jars on a shelf around your cafe or behind your counter. Or why not use jars half filled with coffee beans as quirky candle holders?

Don’t worry too much about trends, instead remember if your cafe looks warm, friendly, and welcoming then you’ve got it right.