Tips on how to light up a space to look warm
By – Jennifer Chukwujekwe
Lighting a warm space can be draining; but no worries, I got your back. To achieve warm lighting, you can use lighting techniques that create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
Here are some tips to help you light a space look warm:
- Choose warm light bulbs: Opt for light bulbs with a colour temperature between 2700K and 3000K. These bulbs emit a warm, yellowish light that mimics the soft glow of candlelight.
- Use dimmers: Install dimmer switches for your lights to have control over the intensity of the lighting; being able to adjust the brightness allows you to create a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
- Layer your lighting: Incorporate multiple light sources to create depth and dimension. Combine ambient lighting (main overhead lighting), task lighting (for specific activities), and accent lighting (to highlight pieces of furniture, ornaments, wall claddings, drapes, or areas) in the space.
- Embrace natural lighting: Maximize natural light during the day. Choose window coverings that allow diffused light to enter the room at sunrise and set, such as sheer curtains or blinds.
- Utilize warm-toned lampshades: Consider lampshades made of materials like fabric or parchment that diffuse the light and give it a warm, cozy hue.
- Use table lamps and floor lamps: Add table lamps or floor lamps with warm-coloured shades to create pools of light and soft illumination in different areas of the room. These can be particularly effective for creating a cozy reading nook or a relaxed seating area.
- Candlelight and fireplaces: Incorporate real or flameless candles and fireplaces to bring a warm and flickering glow to the space. They create a soothing and intimate mood.
- Consider wall sconces: Wall-mounted sconces with warm-coloured shades can provide indirect lighting and add a touch of elegance and warmth to your space.
- Avoid harsh, cool lights: Fluorescent or cool white lights, as they create a sterile and less inviting atmosphere.
- Experiment and adjust: Lighting is subjective, so don’t be afraid to experiment and apply adjustments based on your preferences. Play with different combinations of lighting fixtures and intensities until you achieve the desired warm mood.
Remember, the goal is to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere that suits your taste.