When used successfully, lighting is one of the most effective ways to transform the overall look, feel, and atmosphere of a particular space in your home.
Too much bright light creates a space that is almost sterile in nature and can be very unwelcoming, whereas too little light can create a space that seems dark, damp, and almost unnerving. By striking the perfect balance of light in a particular space – your living room, for example – you’re going to be able to make the most of all that this space has to offer from an architectural and interior design aspect.
Take advantage of the tips and tricks that we are able to share with you below and you will be able to transform the mood and atmosphere of your living room with your lighting, almost on-the-fly and adaptively to fit whatever kind of mood you are looking to achieve!
Hoping to entertain friends and family members?
If you are going to be looking to create a mood that helps you better entertain your friends and family members, you’re going to want to shoot for living room lighting that is on the brighter side of things to set a cheerful kind of ambience while at the same time encourage activity and alertness.
You don’t want to go overboard here, however, as too much bright direct light is going to cause a lot of anxiety, a lot of stress, and make people feel uncomfortable. Instead of shining the lights down directly on people, instead reflect the bright light off of the wall or off of points of interest throughout the living room.
You can also use different textures to diffuse the light – different lampshades, a chandelier, etc. – to contribute positively to the kind of mood you are hoping to achieve when entertaining. You can get all sorts of styled lamps easily without breaking the bank.
A romantic evening for two
When you are shooting for a more relaxed and intimate feel in the living room, you’re going to want to lower the overall lighting levels while elevating subdued color schemes and romantic textures.
You don’t want to go “blackout” by any stretch of the imagination, but you do want to shoot for softer and warmer light that is going to flatter anyone’s personal features while hitting that sweet spot between not enough light and just enough light to “get in the mood”.
You really want to go for something that resembles candlelight, if at all possible, but that doesn’t necessarily that you have to like the room by candlelight. Simply dim all of the lights to a sufficient level, kick back and relax, and enjoy where the evening takes you.
Winding down before bed
Research studies show that the light from all of our devices – especially backlit devices like our TVs, computer monitors, smart phones, and tablets – is actually crippling our ability to get high quality sleep each and every night.
The light acts within our rods and cones inside our eyeballs to stop us from falling asleep as quickly as we would have otherwise, and that is really hindering our overall health and well-being on a day to day basis.
This is why you want to be so smart and strategic about lighting levels when you are winding down before bed. Smart lighting technology can help you to automatically dim lights at a progressive pace so that you don’t even realize what is happening, mimicking the sun setting while remaining completely in your control so that you can bring the lights down in the living room before you head off to the bedroom.
Do your best to keep light at a minimum in the 45 minutes leading up to when you’d like to actually fall asleep, and make sure that your mobile devices, computers, and TVs have been flipped off for at least 30 minutes before you want to drift off.