You only really notice in winter how important light and lighting are. Light affects mood and perception. The oldest regions of the human brain are stimulated by light. Studies have long shown that light and lighting influence well-being and the nervous system, memory, and sleep. Especially in the so-called dark season, one should not underestimate the effects of well-made lighting at home.
Mood Brightener Light
When natural daylight is scarce, at least one needs a balancing element at home. This does not mean that every room has to be equipped with a daylight lamp – although this can be absolutely helpful as a central light source. However, it is also very effective in winter if you illuminate the rooms you are currently staying in. This can be done wonderfully with indirect lighting elements and energy-saving LED bulbs.
So a tip is: even if you are sitting in the study or relaxing on the couch in the living room, leave indirect, soft lighting switched on in the nearest rooms. This is a little secret weapon not only for the mood but also for the atmosphere. That way, the home also looks bigger and cozier.
Basically, you should be able to move from one room into and through the other without having to switch the light on or off each time. Entering a room that is already partially and indirectly lit has a positive effect on the mood and makes the apartment appear livelier.
3 Tips for Indirect Lighting
During the cold season, with few hours of sunshine, people usually spend more time at home. It is all the more important to create an inviting, relaxing, and cozy atmosphere. And with the right indirect lighting, it’s super easy. Decentralized light sources that do not come from above give every living environment a warm glow, especially on cold winter days and nights. With these three simple steps, it will be wonderfully cozy at home (not only) in winter:
1. Set up Table Lamps
Placed in strategic places, table lamps are a great way to create indirect light sources. And that without having to carry out major rearrangements first. With table lamps in or on shelves, sideboards, and side tables, you can create a feeling of warmth at home.
How do you find these “strategic spots”? By looking around and setting up a table lamp where you spend a lot of time anyway – reading, for example. There is a high likelihood that there is already a side table next to your favorite armchair that can accommodate the lamp. So you don’t have to move furniture.
Table lamps can also be ideally set up in pairs on buffet cupboards in the dining area or on the left and right of a long console table. This lighting is often found in hotel lobbies. A very classic way to make the environment inviting and relaxing. This is not only good in the hotel, but also at home.
2. Integrate Floor Lamps
Floor lamps look good practically anywhere in the home. And they make a huge difference in the comfort of the rooms. Perfect, if you want to drive away from the winter blues – and ideal to lightly even unused rooms in an economical way. Floor lamps are the means of choice for unlit corners without a side table:
Adjustable floor lamps are optimal indirect light sources and perfect reading lamps – provided that they are correctly adjusted. Modern floor lamps without a lampshade cast too much light from the side to function as a reading lamp. Classic models with a lampshade that ends around the middle of a seated person’s head are better for this.
Those who prefer it modern and, above all, atmospheric will find a great variety. Floor lamps have the advantage that not only their light provides that certain something in the home design. The design also makes them a real eye-catcher. Floor lamps can also be a decorative accessory for the home during the day and in summer.
3. Create Light Accents
Various light sources are suitable for lighting accents: low floor lamps or table lamps on the floor are just as suitable as floor lamps, lanterns, lanterns with LED instead of normal candles, and elegantly draped fairy lights. There are hardly any limits to the imagination. Because light accents can also be ideally combined with other decorative elements.
Lighting for light accents is a game with elements. You should not necessarily just set up one lamp, but rather a set of several lights that vary in height, for example. Lamps that are available in different sizes are ideal for this. Alternatively, you can make do with platforms.
Low and medium-height floor lamps have the decisive advantage over floor lamps in that they not only illuminate rooms indirectly but also make them appear higher upwards. Simultaneously, they illuminate the area at eye level and thus compensate for the brightness of any wall and ceiling lights – provided they are switched on.
Warm Light for Indirect Lighting
In contrast to desk lamps or spots on the bathroom mirror, warm light is wonderfully suitable for indirect lighting. Warm light suggests higher temperatures and immerses the surroundings in a more cozy, golden-yellow atmosphere.
However, light bulbs with warm light should not be mixed with cool white light. The brighter, bright light will cancel out the warming effect of the more yellowish glowing light bulbs. The amber-colored light is better suited to lighten the mood.