Using Lights to Create the Perfect Mood in Your Home

You may not always realise it but indoor lighting affects the ambience and mood of your home, just like natural lighting. Each room in your home needs to have a wide variety of lighting such as ambient lighting also know as general lighting, accent lighting to add character and highlight your room’s main features or task lighting for a work space. Having harsh lighting in a room can make it feel unwelcoming especially when you have friends and family over. So remember when updating your home you should be thinking how you can improve the mood with the correct lighting. And in the process you should find the whole look of your home interiors will improve too.

Introduce contemporary lighting 

Contemporary lighting can serve as a striking focal point in any room, and make a great first impression when guests arrive plus if you are blessed with high ceilings, you can really experiment with more dramatic fixtures. Decorative LED Pendant Lights exist by themselves by hanging from the ceiling suspended by a cord. It is much smaller compared to a chandelier and they can fit into any style of decor (modern, rustic spaces or more traditional) plus they come in many light designs and shapes.

There are also many advantages of using LED lights: they are faster to light up, last a lot longer because of their durability, more environmentally friendly and they have lower electricity consumption by up to 70% compared with other light bulbs.

Consider what bulbs you use

Soft or warm white bulbs have a more traditional, cosy feel and are a good way to make a larger room feel relaxed and welcoming. Cool white light bulbs, on the other hand, are more energising, and probably better if you have an open-plan living space for example a kitchen and dining area combined. It's best to experiment with the different coloured light bulbs to create the most flattering mood in your home.


Dimmer lights for morning and night

There are two places in your home that you'll spend the most time: your bedroom at night and your kitchen in the morning. For the kitchen you want to feel energised and ready for the day ahead not awoken by harsh lighting. The best way to do this is with dimmers, giving you control of your level of brightness. Although you may want more functional lighting when cooking. Then in the evening before you go to sleep you might want to read your favourite book or watch the TV you can use a dimmer switch for that little light adjustment.

Mix and match your table lamp 

During the day a table lamp adds to the decor of a room and can potentially brighten it, while at night it can become both task and mood lighting. You could mix it up as well by having more than one table lamp or one that has two contrasting colours. You could also go one step further by reflecting the same colours elsewhere such as on the sofa or cushions. Remember when you're sitting next to a table lamp, the bottom of the shade should be at shoulder height.



Positioning of your lights

Upwards-facing wall lights will add depth and visual interest to your room, but will concentrate the majority of the light on one small area. If there are particular objects in your home that you love and want to show off, point your lights at them rather than pointing them at blank walls or the floor.

Downward lighting will cast a much more focused, clear light into the centre of the room, which is particularly useful for when you're dining with guests. Try and hang your pendant lights low above the middle of the table so that no shadows will be cast on the plates, or on the people eating.

Shadows are also a big problem when it comes to lighting in bathrooms especially if you have overhead lighting (try to choose a longer, horizontal fixture) and also in kitchens when lights are positioned above  counters where you cook, you then cast a shadow exactly where you need the light. Its best to install under-cabinet lighting to solve this problem.

Liz x

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