It’s just four more weeks until the days start getting longer again on winter solstice, December 21st.
Until then, daylight is brief and soft. All the more reason to focus on indoor lighting to enhance a space or create a mood for entertaining.
Start by picking a central location in each room and do a 360. This will help identify problem areas which the following hints may solve.
1. Floor lamps can add drama, brighten a corner, open up space and make a room feel bigger.
2. “Up” lighting can make a room feel taller and more airy. Consider small table lamps on top of low bookcases.
3. Create your own space within a space by positioning a conical floor lamp near your favorite reading chair.
4. When decorating for holiday gatherings, use strings of white lights in unusual ways—such as clustered in a glass cylinder vase and placed on a credenza.
5. Go big or go home—add drama to a dining area by installing an oversized equator pendant.
6. Dimmer switches are incredibly easy to install and allow your existing lighting to go from bright task-type lighting to warmer entertaining-type lighting in a smooth glide—or remote!—operation.
7. If you don’t have a junction box directly above your dining table, hard-wire a pendant lamp where you can and “swag” the fixture so it hangs above it.
8. As a last resort, consider placing an arc lamp near the dining table positioned so the light falls onto the centerpiece.
9. Guide guests throughout the house, to the bathroom or coat room, using directional lighting such as smart candles down a hallway. Bonus: unlike candles, they’re safe to leave unattended while lit.
10. Save energy and use CFL’s instead of incandescent bulbs when possible.