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Excellent space !, well done.
I have a similar setup, where we entertain with a bar area and pool table and many sets of lights that need to be on when we're having a Party, but knowing most of that lighting washes out the Image. When we're hosting a party, the TV isn't the main focus, but I have it on just to showoff !
With that said,
I've done some things for each light source to minimize how much light it throws on the screen. I have many sets of high hats, all on dimmers, and I've pushed the light sockets as far up into the metal housing so it creates a thinner light cone throwing directly below the light. I also use the smallest bulb I can find, to also limit the horizontal light path.
My pool table light has 3 metal light housings that only throw light directly down onto the pool table, very little hits the screen.
You can also get creative with baffles to block the light from hitting the screen.
Sconces we both have throw all kinds of light on screen, but the wife wanted them and they do have a cool Theater feel, but they're using old school bulbs that can really get low dim, just so you see them glow, but minimal affect on screen.
I test/play with my lighting all the time, I'll go down there before turning on the PJ, and start turning lights on and watch how it affects the screen. Light hitting any screen will wash any PJ image out.