If long, dark winter days get you down, it may be time to warm up your home’s lighting. While adjusting your lighting may not be something you think about on a daily basis, you’ll be surprised how much adding an extra table lamp or switching lightbulbs can alter the mood of a room.
Vary your light fixtures.
Nothing screams “dorm!” louder than an unflattering fluorescent light flicking overhead. If you live in a rental apartment with harsh built-in lighting, investing in a couple of table and floor lamps can dramatically change the mood of your living room. For a homier vibe, choose a mix of light-diffusing shaded lamps placed at varying levels (table and floor) and task-specific lamps for your desk or favorite reading nook.
Never underestimate the power of a different lightbulb.
The next time you’re thinking of buying lightbulbs debating between “cool white” and “warm white,” take a peek at the Kelvin temperature listed on the box. For a warmer, more golden glow, choose one with 2,700 Kelvins or less.
Using more than one light source
Instead of using a single intense light source, scatter multiple low-wattage fixtures around the room to produce a softer light.
Look for light-diffusing lamp shades
Light that scatters around the room is more flattering than light that’s directed in a single spot. To get that ethereal glow, choose semi-opaque fabric lamp shades made of linen or cotton, or look for frosted glass sconces.