Monday, March 7, 2016 / by Vanessa Saunders
Your mood is greatly affected by light, whether you realize it or not. It's why depressed people like to sit in the dark and some people get the winter blues. Is your home like the dark side of the moon? If so, try these five creative lighting options to help brighten any room and your mood.
No. 1: Recessed lighting
Recessed lights are a perfect way to brighten up a dark hallway or den. Usually found in the ceilings of modern-day kitchens, recessed lights, when spaced correctly and evenly, emanate what feels like natural light. They come in a variety of colors, but white lights are best for brightening up a room.
No. 2: Spotlights
Spotlights are small lights fitted into the ceiling and are similar to recessed lights except that they are meant to highlight or "spotlight" a particular part of a room. Say you are happy with your overhead lights in your living room or kitchen but you want to spotlight the area over the sink or above a nice painting in your den. Using spotlights is a great way to brighten a room and highlight a focal point.
No. 3: Table lamps
It sounds simple, but table lamps not only brighten a room but allow you to control how much light you get. Different colored lamp shades will enable you to create an ambiance depending on whether you want soft lights to relax under or a bright room in which to host company. Use three-way bulbs at different wattages so you can adjust the mood. Turn on just a few lamps — or turn them all on to give the room energy and vibrancy.
No. 4: Faux windows
It's not very expensive to cut out a hole in the wall and install a new window in a windowless room. However, if you don't want to go that route, try faux windows. Faux windows use LED backlighting to create the sense of natural light in a home. You have likely seen these windows in a bar or restaurant, and they usually come tinted or colored.
No. 5: Solar tubing
Finally, solar tubing takes natural light from outside and funnels it into your house through your walls. These are perfect for rooms that get no light — like basements or cellars. You can get the same effect on a top floor by installing a skylight. The best thing about these lighting options is that they are energy-efficient, and many new models can actually store energy from the sun for reuse.
In tandem with your new lighting options, consider painting your walls in light colors and adding neutral-colored furniture in tans and browns. These will boost the impact of your new lighting fixtures. Start brightening your room today!