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Setting the mood
Bedrooms are our own personal sanctuaries, so it’s important to know how to achieve the mood you want in order to ensure that you’re getting the most out of this space.
Bedrooms are an important and very intimate space in our homes – it is a room that’s a sanctuary, and a space where one can retreat to in order to find reprieve from the stresses and strains of everyday life. As such, creating the right mood in your bedroom is important, and while it might seem tricky, once you know all the tips and tricks, you’ll easily be able to create a space that promotes relaxation and repose.
Dim the lights
Lighting is one of the most common ways to create an inviting ambience or to influence the mood in a room. As bedrooms are a place for rest and relaxation, very bright,
obtrusive lights, such as cold blue globes or fluorescents for example, are out of the question. Softer, dimmer lights are usually favoured in bedroom spaces as they set a serene and calming mood. While bedside lamps are good for producing more direct task lighting for reading, the main light need not be bright. In fact, it is a layered lighting composition that is the ideal answer when it comes to creating a bedroom lighting design – it will comprise of task, ambient and accent lighting.
As its name implies, task lighting must be bright in order to illuminate the space for various tasks, such as reading, choosing clothes from your cupboard, putting on your make-up, and so on. Floor, desk and downlights are ideal for task lighting. Otherwise known as general lighting, ambient lighting illuminates the overall space in a room and sets the mood. Feature pendant lights, such as chandeliers for example, are a great source of ambient lighting and are best installed with a dimmer switch. Lastly, accent lighting adds drama to a room by creating visual interest. As part of an interior design scheme, it is used to draw the eye to houseplants, paintings, sculptures and other prized possessions. It can also be used to highlight the texture of a brick or stone wall, window treatments or outdoor landscaping. A good idea is to use a separate switch for each layer of lighting, so that they can each be controlled individually.
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