I love natural light and during the day, I try to let in as much as possible. But there is a thing such as "mood lighting". And when the mood I want to create is peaceful, there are things that I can with lighting to help that along.
1. Candle light: Everything looks more peaceful with candles lit. It's soft and relaxing. See the Day 28 post for using non toxic candles.
2. Natural light: During the day, turn off harsh overhead lights and let in as much natural light as possible.
3. Low Lighting: Although natural light is great during the day, less light can create a more peaceful home at night. Instead of lots of lights or overhead lights, I use smaller lamps placed around the room to create enough light that we can see or read. But the light is low and peaceful and puts everyone in a more quiet mood. And dimmer switches can be added to over head lighting so that you can determine exactly how much light is actually needed. It helps to slow the pace and relax the mood getting the boys ready for bedtime.
4. Think outside the "lamp": There are other ways to get light into your home without using lamps. Think wall sconces, night light table lamps, lanterns, seasonal decorations, and LED rope lighting hidden around shelves or furniture.
The key is to find what type of lighting brings more "peace" to your home. There isn't a one size fits all solution so luckily there are a ton of options to fit your needs and your home decor.
Please excuse all the Halloween decorations, but it is that time of year :)
Light up gourd. We have one for every holiday.
Dining room buffet lamps. Yes we have a chandelier but these add soft lighting when we aren't actually eating in there.
Small lamp in the kitchen. No need to turn on the harsh lights to get a glass of water.
Table lamps and tin punch lantern in the family room. These are the lights we usually use in the evening before bed time. It's plenty of light for me to read there.
For more information see:
Relaxing Lighting Ideas from Houzz.com
Light Your Home, Lift Your Mood from My Home Ideas
Mood Lighting from Elle Decor