Whether it’s the Valentines’ Day, your anniversary or any other random night when you want to make your spouse special, setting up a romantic dinner right at home can be a great idea. So you’ve decided on what food to serve; chilled the wine and tucked your toddler early. Only one thing now remains: how to set up a romantic atmosphere in your dining room.
Remember, this is not one of your daily meals, so it’s essential to make the whole set-up a step higher, from the food, music and of course, lighting.
You can achieve a romantic look for your dinner-for-two with the right lighting. In fact, it’s one element in your preparation that can make or break the entire experience.
Here are best lighting approaches to give your partner a one-of-a-kind dining experience, right at the confines of your own home.
Opt for Warm-colored Bulbs
Pick a bulb with warm color temperature, specifically the red, pink and orange ones as they mimic the color of sunset. And since this is a romantic dinner, you want to stay away from the cool colors like white and blue as they make the atmosphere too bright, cold and unromantic.
Decide on a Focal Point
A fancy-looking chandelier or the beautiful Caravaggio pendant lamp can be an excellent focal point as they instantly draw attention. If you’re aiming to create shadows and play with dim lighting, then accent lamps like pendants do the trick. However, if you need to see clearly but still want the atmosphere to be romantic and sophisticated, then a beautiful chandelier should work. Either way, pick a lamp that will serve as the focal point.
Create Layers of Light
Even with a pendant light or soft-glowing chandelier above the dining table, you can also play with layers of lighting to create a more romantic vibe. You may opt to place scented candles on the table, light up the fireplace and put up white Christmas lights on the walls and windows.
Create Smooth Lighting Transitions
There should be a smooth lighting transition to keep the romantic mood contained in the area. If a chandelier or pendant lamp is lighting up the dining table, you can illuminate the shelves and walls with recessed lighting, and then hang some more series lights at areas leading to the fireplace, for instance. Don’t break the mood by illuminating one area and keeping another in total darkness. Smooth transitions add sophistication and subtlety to the ambiance.
You need to go the extra mile if you want to make things special with your loved one, and even a simple dinner date at home can be a very romantic experience with all the elements in place. Lighting is one of the crucial factors to decide on, but don’t fret because you probably already have the lights you need right at home. You just need to be more creative and think out of the box to create a romantic ambiance that will impress your partner.