At Christmas time, light up your home to give it holiday sparkle and make it warm and cozy.
It’s ironic that the holidays are a celebration of light that comes at a time of year when there isn’t much light to go around. That’s why I love to light up my house in December. I believe that light is to a home what joy is to a human being: No matter what the architecture, the furniture or artworks, a home without good lighting
remains bare, cold, and lacking soul.
Good lighting creates areas of interest to emphasize decorative details, and creates a soft or dynamic ambience, depending on the mood. Setting up your lighting is like stage designing: It helps fulfill the potential of a space you want to show off , either as a functional room, such as a kitchen, or a dramatic focal point, such as a fireplace.
The designer’s approach
Home designers often use the day’s changing sunlight to harmonize their rooms with the hours of the day: The morning light sets the kitchen ablaze while the setting sun warms up the living room. Or, they’ll use materials that multiply light; like glass, mirrors and metal objects that will cast rays to the darkest corners. Even the choice of draperies is important. Light and diaphanous curtains filter and soften light; while denser drapes bring a sense of subtle refinement.
Enter stage light
Dare to use different lighting schemes. For example, the romantic light of a simple candle multiplied by mirrors brings luxury and magic to an intimate celebration. And a mirror in front of a window will work wonders to double the natural light coming into the room during the day.
Opt for warm lights and natural lighting instead of the cold glare of some fluorescents. And keep those fluorescents out of the bathroom; the merciless light they cast will make you look pallid and worn —the perfect recipe for a morning panic attack. Also, keep in mind that lighting changes our perception of colours. Because colour is the result of light bouncing off an object, changing the light changes the colour as well. For instance, a paint sample might look diff erent at home than it did in the paint department at the store.
Go for it. Turn the short, grey days of December into something warm and enchanting. Change the lights in a few rooms to mix up the ambience. And don’t forget the accessories: Silk cushions and curtains that shimmer deliciously while refl ecting glorious light. Now is the perfect time to create a new stage design for your home.