How to Create Ambience Using Light

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As the light in your room changes throughout the day, so too does the ambience. At different times during the day, you may wish to create a different mood in your room and the best way to do this is through carefully placed and well thought out lighting.

In your kitchen it is great to have lots of light to help you see what you are doing with your kitchen utensils, whereas in your living room you will need a much softer lighting to allow for a more relaxed and at ease feel.

Here is Elm & Blues' guide for how to create ambience using light.

1. The bedroom.

The general mood you will want to achieve within your bedroom is one of cosiness, relaxing and calm. To achieve this it is best to keep the lighting to a low intensity. 

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For your main light, go for a large shade and compliment this with two bedside lamps, so the lighting can be altered easily to brighten or dim the room.

2. The living room.

In the living area, this is a multi use area; everything from watching T.V. to entertaining guests in the evening to afternoon tea with friends to playing games with the kids.

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The best way to achieve the ideal lighting for each activity is to have multiple lights. Keep your main ceiling lights simple and have floor lamps and table lamps placed around your room to change the light settings depending on the mood you are after.

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Why not try candles on your book shelf to help create a cosy and calm atmosphere.

3. The kitchen.

Keep things bright in the kitchen. Think of everything from under cupboard lights fro around the work surfaces, spotlights in the ceiling and even floor lights around the kick-boards. You will want to be able to see what you are doing in the kitchen area at all times, but also have the option to dim things down in the evening for drinks with friends.

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4. The dining room.

This is an area where you can really make your lighting the focal point of the room and allow your lights to hang low from the ceiling over the table; like a chandelier or spider light. Think about keeping things relatively bright so you are able to see what you are eating, but this is where a dimmer switch will come in handy for after your meal to change the mood.

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A great way to create a romantic or personal ambience is to have candles as your centrepieces on the table - this is ideal for date night with your partner.

5. The office.

This is another area you will want to keep well lit. Think about having spotlights in the ceiling along with a desk lamp to keep things bright in the area you are working.

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6. The snug.

Well, the name says it all, keep things snug here with side lights and nothing too bright. The ambience you are aiming for here is one of peace and relaxation.

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Go for a large main light, but one that doesn't give too much light. Think about side lights, table lamps or letter lights to change the mood too.

7. The kids room.

You can have fun lighting in the kids room as this will encourage imaginative play. If they are of school age, think about having a desk lamp on their desk to keep things bright in the area where they will be doing their homework.

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8. The hallway.

Don't be afraid to make a statement with your hallway lighting. This is where you greet guests into your home and you can make a real bold impression here; think chandeliers, glass lights or multiple head lighting.

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This statement lighting should also keep things bright, as this is where you can hang a large mirror to check your outfit before you head out into the world.

9. The bathroom.

Spotlights are an essential in the bathroom; these are great for lighting different areas and easy to keep clean in a moist area.

You can also think about vanity lighting around your bathroom mirror to give good lighting for makeup application.

Whichever light fitting you choose, you will want to try out one of our Edison light bulbs to make our light look even more on-trend.

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What lighting do you have in your home? Which lighting do you think you will try out first to create your ideal ambience in your home?

Check out all of Elm & Blues' lighting selection here.

Happy lighting,

Elm & Blue

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