Us humans are easily confused and this brings with it many benefits for decorating a home. Lighting can have a real bearing on how the size of a space is perceived, making rooms appear bigger than they really are. It can also be used to change the color of a room’s furnishings, as well as the space itself, and this brings with it the ability to control the feel or mood of the space. This is a great tool that will further specify the functions of each room and make a house feel more like a home. Here are some top tips for achieving effective mood lighting.
Choosing the Right Mood
The first step is to decide the mood you want for a given room, but the functions of a space will limit the type of mood you can create. For while romantic lighting is well suited to bedrooms and social spaces, this will not work in rooms like kitchens and study areas, which require hard lighting to help with concentration.
Lighting Compliments Other Design Features
Once you have decided what mood you want for the space, you can then research designs that suit your tastes. It is important to note that the mood created by light sources is not created in a vacuum and will be affected by a space’s other design features. The shape and texture of furniture and light fittings will all have a real bearing on this, as will pictures and the shape of the room itself. Furthermore, paint or wallpaper that has a glossy finish will cause light refraction that will reduce mood effectiveness and, as such, these elements should be chosen with this in mind. It is important to consider the type of mood you want to create at the very beginning of the redecoration process, in order to ensure that any work is effective to this end.
The color of lighting is vital for the mood it creates and, thus, it is important to focus on a small range of colors – any more than two or three of them will reduce effectiveness here.
By choosing those that match the themes you want to create, you will ensure that they complement each other. And, in terms of the amount of light itself, a good rule of thumb is to have two watts for each square foot of a room to create a relaxing or romantic environment. This will mean that there is less light in the room than what you are normally used to, but this is the very point of mood lighting. There will certainly be times when you will want more light in a given space to do specific tasks, but you can have other lighting available for such times.
The fact is that mood lighting is most effective if these fittings dominate the space over traditional, direct sources. They can be anything from lamps to up and down lighting, and some forethought and trial and error will allow you to place these sources in places perfect to create the desired effect.
Get Help From The Experts
There is a wealth of specialist lighting companies that can provide ready-made items to fit any taste. You can find calming shaped fittings with soft shades that can create a romantic or relaxing space that will remove you from the stresses that come with our hectic lifestyles. There is also a multitude of crazily shaped and designed elements that can be used to inspire and energize children.
You can, in fact, find items perfectly suited to anything from party rooms to gothic lighting, appropriate for the bedrooms of certain personalities. Whatever you choose, building moods into your rooms will rejuvenate your home and make you look at it in a completely different way.
The author has long been a fan of mood lighting in his bedroom and boasts the value of the simple soft red light bulb every chance he gets. The internet gives him access to a wider audience, although he also somehow finds time to write about other political and social issues that some believe to be more important.