As we head into winter, it’s easy to get depressed about the overcast skies and the fact that we have to get up and drive home from work in the gloom.
So making our homes a bit brighter could be one way to fight off the winter blues.
Karen Haller, an interior designer and colour expert, notes that home lighting can be used to set the mood in particular rooms, which is perfect for snuggling up in cosy living rooms with a good book, or creating a bright kitchen so you can see what you’re doing when you’re knocking up a steaming winter stew.
“Task lighting is perfect for when you need good quality light to perform a specific task, such as shaving, reading [or] anything where you need to see what you are doing without casting a shadow. Directional desk lamps, spot lights and track lights are examples of task lighting,” she explains.
“Ambient lighting is usually the main lighting source of a room and is created through the use of ceiling and wall lights, [and] table lamps. The healthiest type of lighting is natural daylight – and it’s free.”
If you want certain aspects of a room highlighted, such as a bookcase, artwork or a shelf displaying ornaments, it might be worth investing in accent lighting, which creates atmosphere and texture with its combination of shadow and depth, Ms Haller says.
However, homeowners should be aware that some types of light will affect the colours in a room.
“You may notice the colours in your rooms changing depending on the type of lighting you are using. The brighter the light, the more a colour will appear to reduce or appear bleached out. [In] the areas where the light casts shadows, the darker the colour will appear,” the interior expert adds.
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