It could be because you are in the spotlight. Take the living room test. Think about your living room. Does it shine as the star of your home or is it so bright you cannot stay in it for too long?
Lighting influences your emotions. The brighter the light the more intense the emotion. Think of it this way, bright lights lots of fights, softer light all is right. This is especially true for the rooms of your home where you want to have a soft place to relax and unwind.
It has been said that emotions, like wrinkles, are harsher under bright lights. Studies suggest that emotions are experienced more intensely under bright lights, possibly, because, light is perceived as heat, and the perception of heat can trigger emotions.
Quick question, who wants to live in a hothouse that magnifies feelings and wrinkles? No one I know of, maybe a lizard with good botox, but that is a discussion for another time.
Back to LAYER 4, Lighting. Design circles agree that there are three types of lighting required to complete a room. That’s right, required, not recommended.
The first is ambient lighting. This is the soft “natural” light that comes in from windows, doors and ceiling lights.
Windows and doors can give a room daytime zing. Beautiful sun beams streaming through the windows and French doors creating warmth and beauty, washing the room in a warm glow, and quite possibly fading very thing in its path (but that is another design discussion). The ambient lighting for this discussion is commonly called the ceiling light. There are several types of those.
A flush mount ceiling light is like lightening, it blazes in the night from an isolated switch on the wall. Casting harsh, odd shadows on all the objects that fall in its path. This is the cruelest of all lights. Floors and furniture reveal the soils and stains that are cleverly hidden in the light of day.
This unrelenting source of energy in addition to revealing all that is hidden can also add years and pounds to unsuspecting victims who happen to sit or stand under her intensive gaze. Note, the extra five pounds that is so cleverly hidden during the daylight hours is unmasked even the for savviest of dressers.
Dimmers, recessed lighting, chandeliers and wall scones. While overhead fixtures can act like the cruel masters of room light, a dimmer can tame that mean revealer of all secrets into a benign and even affectionate fixture.
The second sister is task lighting. She is a remarkable addition to the room. Not only does she bring a warm downward glow enabling those who bask in her light to read, visit or work on the computer, she can bring beauty into the space, adding value and definition to the overall look of the room. And as is so often the case with the middle sibling her value is often overlooked. She can be so accommodating offering a three-way switch that will let the user have the light strength needed for the task.
Finally, there is the baby sister, accent lighting. Like all baby sisters, she is the favorite. She brings elegance and grace. Unlike her second sister, who casts warm downward light, this sister is upwardly mobile.
Her focus is to point out and shine on the interesting pieces in the room, a piece of art, interesting architecture or to disguise any architectural flaws in the room.
There you have it the three sisters, each brining something vital, functional and beautiful to your space. Step into to the light, enjoy.