Lighting to Set a Relaxing Mood

by Lisa Stewart 15 May 2010

When you’re ready to relax, the lighting in your home should reflect the calm atmosphere of a fine dining establishment versus the frenetic energy of a fast food restaurant. Recently my daughter commented about my living room and its many lights: seven lamps and two lighted pieces of artwork.  She thought this was pretty excessive. In defense I explained how my varied, well-placed lights create the tranquil feeling I want.

Here are a few ways you can achieve a relaxing atmosphere with lighting:

-Turn off the overhead lights.
-Install dimmer switches if you must use overhead lighting.
-Cast shadows by using the low wattage setting on lamps.
-Create warmth with Incandescent or LED bulbs that reflect warm light. Avoid daylight bulbs.
-Tuck small (15watt) lamps into corners, bathroom vanities, laundry rooms and hallways.
-Install lighting under, above, and inside cabinetry for ambience.

Ready to lighten up the mood? Just remember, a few thoughtfully placed light sources in your home can make the difference between chicken tenders or Chicken Marseille. I prefer the Marseille.

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh, NC.