Lighting to Set a Relaxing Mood

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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 serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

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