How To Create The Ultimate Winter Lighting Scheme For Your Home

How To Create The Ultimate Winter Lighting Scheme For Your Home

Lighting is a key part of any design project, so when getting your home ready for the winter months, it’s something you shouldn’t neglect.

Whether you want to create a relaxing and cosy atmosphere through soft lighting or you’re frustrated by the fading daylight hours and want to brighten up your interiors, we have some great tips for you to achieve the ultimate lighting scheme this winter.

 

Decide what the lighting is for

Our first tip is to specify what the lighting in a room is for. If the living room is the place you choose to relax after a long day at work with a glass of wine, you might prefer to opt for mood lighting and candles. On the other hand, cooking in the kitchen will require brighter lights – the last thing you want is to risk an injury for the sake of atmospheric lighting!  Before choosing the lighting scheme, figure out the purpose of each room and then find the lighting to fit.

Create a cosy atmosphere

For those of you who want to give your home a cosy feel for the winter months, it’s a good idea to incorporate softer lighting to achieve a relaxing ambience. This can be done through opting for candles, lamps or string lights. If you don’t want real candles in your home, why not try battery-operated tea lights? They can give the desired look and mellow lighting without the risk of real candles. Instead of relying on your main bright light, try accent and decorative lighting. Fairy lights are not just for Christmas – in fact, they can be brought into any room; they’ll add a fashionable finishing touch and clusters of lights will automatically make a room seem cosier. If you want to incorporate low-level mood lighting, a handy tip is to take a lamp around a room and position it in different places, enabling you to find the perfect spot.

Layer the lighting

Opt for a layered approach with different light levels in one room allowing you to complement the different moods you’re in throughout winter. In the living room, you may want the option of low lighting for a cosy and chilled Saturday night in front of the TV, but could require brighter lighting if you have grandparents with partial eyesight visiting over the festive season. If you have a choice of lamps and a main light, you can choose which you prefer depending on the mood or lighting requirement. Why not invest in a dimmer switch? This will allow you to change the level of light coming from the lightbulb to suit the occasion; it’s especially handy for an open plan kitchen over the festive season, as you may require bright lights to cook up a festive dinner but prefer ambient lighting to entertain your guests.

Make the most of a room

Use lighting to make the most of a room’s location, size and shape. For example, uplighting makes any room feel larger so may be good if you have a small office to work in and find it hard to concentrate with lack of daylight in the winter. Larger and taller rooms naturally require more lighting than rooms with lower ceilings. East-facing rooms are generally bright in the morning but will need artificial lighting in the afternoon, whereas west-oriented rooms provide a warm afternoon/early evening light, well whilst the daylight lasts! North-facing kitchens may require a boost of light throughout the day all year round, but especially in winter. Ensuring you have the right lighting to suit the room is key. 

Lighting for concentration

As nights get longer and darker and daylight hours are reduced, you may need an extra bit of lighting help for tasks such as reading, studying or working in a home office. This could be a floor lamp next to a reading chair, a desk light or a bedside table lamp. Although a bright main light can provide satisfactory light, it is handy to focus on the activity in hand with a specific light, especially as natural daylight is no longer on your side. Some studies claim that lights in the blue spectrum are better for mental focus and alertness than other lights, so consider fitting these bulbs into desk lamps to keep concentration throughout the darker months.

Maximise the daylight hours

If mood lighting isn’t your cup of tea, and you crave the natural daylight of summer, there are ways to maximise the natural light available throughout winter and keep your room feeling bright. Why not try hanging mirrors on walls opposite windows to multiply any sunshine rays? Placing lamps in dark corners will help to open the room and make it appear bigger and brighter. The colour of your lighting fixtures will also contribute to how effective it is at brightening up your living space; for example, white lamp shades will brighten up a room and will suit most interiors when not in use. 

 

With these tips, you can update your home for winter and get ready for the shorter daylight hours to come! For more interior inspiration this winter, check out our Instagram and Facebook page. 

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