The lighting in a room can determine the mood, and atmosphere of the environment, which can help a person to feel various emotions such as inspired, determined, or peaceful. In fact, it is noted that Seasonal Affective Disorder affects those who lack exposure to sunlight, especially in areas of the country where it is particularly cloudy such as the Pacific Northwest. Seasonal Affective Disorder can lead to feelings of depression and lethargy, which clear up with light therapy–or exposure to certain types of lamps.
Highlight the Good
The same concept applies to lighting for homes, commercial spaces, museums, apartments, restaurants, and basically anywhere where human beings congregate or use space. Museums are inspiring, in part, because of the extra lighting, the high ceilings, and quality construction. However, that formal and yet very special feeling of the lights being directed at the paintings helps to set a tone for the space.
At home, playing with lighting can really be an effective, fun way to improve the space. Incandescent lighting has a softer feel and can be used to replace glare in any room. Marquis-type lights are helpful in bathrooms, and directed lights, often mimicking a museum, can be used in any room to call attention to corners, fireplaces, or paintings. When directed from beams, these lights can make a large difference in calling more energy into the room, with lights pointed in several directions at the same time.
Picking the Right Source
Better lighting has never failed to transform a space, and one should keep in mind when choosing lighting that chandeliers or formal crystal lights are a great way to add formality and elegance while a more simple, modern lamp might lend a modernist touch. It’s important to remember that lighting fixtures have personalities, and each type of lighting communicates various messages. A chandelier is tasteful, elegant, and very reflective, throwing rainbows all over the walls. Long light-post height lamps can add practical elegance or whimsy whereas a small table lamp can suggest an ocean vessel. Remember to play with this symbolism as you seek to improve the room.
Especially in places like the Pacific Northwest that get less light, you can take advantage of what you get with better windows and skylights. A home with more glass in Edmonton will be a lot better and will feel larger. Before you install more windows, talk with a company like All-West Glass Ltd. to make sure you put them in the right locations for your home. If you instal windows on a northern facing facade, for example, you may want to have blinds to go with it, because you will have harsher light than a west or south facing window.
Finally, when dealing with lighting, it’s helpful to visit a lighting store, which sells all kinds of various designs from the chandelier on down to the desk lamp. If a visit isn’t practical, then an online store may give a person the same inspiration. A visit, or looking at pictures and researching options, will help one to brainstorm which lights would work in which space.
Marlena Stoddard writes on health and parenting. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. When she isn’t spending time with her children or writing, Marlena enjoys hiking and photography. For more on Marlena, you can follow her on Google+.