When it comes to good interior design, there are many factors to consider, including style, color, and texture. But perhaps the most important of these by far, especially in the darker and shorter days of winter, is lighting.
1. Accentuate the Positive
Just because the daylight fades away in the winter doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. You need a scheme to keep your home feeling warm, bright, and cheerful until the return of spring. And we’ve got just the plan.
Maximizing the natural light that is coming your way is key. Use sheers on the windows for privacy, but keep the heavy curtains or shutters open until nightfall. Hang mirrors on walls opposite large windows to multiply those precious rays.
2. Go with the Glow
Candles add a warm shimmer and a feeling of coziness. Plus they’re easy to move around (look, Ma, no cord!), so you can quickly brighten up a dark corner. Lanterns—particularly ones with a reflective mirror—are always atmospheric. Flameless candles are great because you can place them almost anywhere without the fire hazard.
3. More Is Better
You’ll definitely want to increase your overall illumination scheme to make up for those lost daylight hours. Add table and floor lamps throughout your home, and swap out low-wattage bulbs with brighter, energy-efficient ones. Dimmers are great in the evening hours to transition to bedtime when you’re ready. #LVhomeExpert #LehighValleyPA
4. Task Masters
Task lighting is your friend, especially in places where you can normally work or read without a lamp—like the kitchen table or the den recliner—during the day in the spring and summer. Desk lamps are portable and can quickly be moved out of the way as needed. In the living room, place a floor lamp with a directional beam behind your reading chair or a side table with a table lamp nearby.
5. We’ve Got You Cornered
Brightening up dark corners and niches with floor lamps or lanterns is a sure way to chase away gloom—especially during the shortest days, when nightfall is at midafternoon.
6. Dining Light
If you normally eat dinner alfresco or bathed in early-evening light, it’s a great idea to amp up your dining room light in the fall and winter. Place higher-wattage bulbs in the chandelier, sconces, and overhead lights. Use table or desk lamps on sideboards to illuminate your spread with a warm, soft glow.
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