Fall is a beautiful time of the year. The cool crisp breeze and the vibrant leaf colors remind us of nature’s beauty. It also reminds us that Winter is coming with the cooler temperatures and dark nights coming earlier each day. With that in mind, let’s take a look at ways we can use lighting to make our home feel cozier.
If you haven’t already, it’s worth switching your incandescent or “Curly Q” bulbs to LED. Not only will you save money on energy consumption, but you have the opportunity to make your home feel warmer with the color temperature. Getting a warm color temperature such as 3000K will instantly make your space feel cozier. It’s best to be sure you are matching all of your bulbs to the same color temperature or else you WILL notice a difference throughout your home.
If you don’t already have dimmers on your lights, it’s a great idea to also save energy and to create an atmosphere for great movie nights in the living room. With the darkness outside, your bright lights inside may feel like too much. A soft glow is all that’s needed for intimate family dinners and relaxing. Keep in mind that LED bulbs will require an LED dimmer to get the full range of dimming that LED bulbs offer.
Layer Your Lighting
Often times you want overhead lighting for the maximum amount of lighting, but don’t forget to layer your lighting with floor and table lamps. The light-diffusing shades at varying levels can create texture and warmth to any space. A desk lamp can also help illuminate spaces such as your favorite reading nook.
Candles are another great way to add mood AND scent to you space. Who doesn’t enjoy warm cinnamon or apple scented candles? The soft glow from the candle will easily make you feel right at home. It’s a quick way to freshen up a space too! Be sure to use all proper precautions with a candle containing an open flame.
Grown Up Nightlight
Ambient salt lamps are in trend right now. They definitely set a calming mood in the room with their decorative color. While companies suggest their benefits include cleaning the air, soothing allergies and boosting your mood – they are pretty to look at too.
MirrorsWhile a mirror isn’t quite lighting, it is a creative way to add more natural light into your space. By placing a mirror in a room (especially across from a window), you are allowing the natural light to reflect off the mirror. The reflection of natural light will be felt throughout the space and instantly brighten the room. You’ll almost feel like you are gaining another window – without having to wash another window!