You flipped open your Macbook to check a few emails, and 2 hours slipped by.
Got friends coming in an hour, need to get ready.
Shove your laptop in the drawer.
Better feed Hector and take him for a trot round the block.
You get back, Hector’s happy and settled in his basket.
The wine’s breathing, nibbles in the oven, and the Sonos is playing.
Ready just in time.
You dim the lights, and flumph on the sofa.
But it doesn’t quite have the right feel. Like the sumptuous hotel you stayed at in Buenos Aires.
How do you transform your daytime living space, into a warm relaxed evening ambience?
It’s all about the lighting, and side lamps are the perfect choice.
To create a relaxed evening feel, you could turn down the overhead lights. This’ll give you a low light level, but it’s flat and uniform. There’s no atmosphere.
For a laid-back mood you need separate lights that can be individually controlled. Side and table lamps are perfect for this.
Placed on any flat surface they create pools of light across a room. Choose ones without shades to give a soft glow with no hard shadows.
And it’s not just about having side lamps you can turn on or off. You want versatility to vary light levels across the room. Brighter where guests are sitting, with moody low lit areas in between.
The golden rule to create this effect?
Every light must be dimmable. The more flexibility the better.
Ever popped into a mini-mart on holiday? You step from sun drenched Greek island into what feels like the North Pole. And it’s not just the air con. The lights are cold white and searingly bright.
If you’ve heard of warm and cold light, here’s how it works.
The lights in your home emit white light, but it isn’t pure.
Like a Little Greene paint chart there’s everything from yellow white to blue white.
This is called it’s temperature.
Yellow white lights are a warm light but are classed as low temperature.
Blue white lights are a cold light but are classed as high temperature.
Confusing as you’d imagine it the other way round.
A great example’s white Christmas lights. They can look warm and yellow or icy and blue.
In your home you want to be relaxed. You don’t want cold light. Nobody wants to feel like they’re at the dentist!
So choose bulbs at the warm end of the spectrum.
How do you know which bulbs are right? Look for the K number.
Not to get too technical but every light has a temperature rating measured in Kelvin. The lower the number the warmer the light. Anything under 3000K is warm and perfect for your home.
You’ve a selection of lights, but where do you put them?
Don’t let the electric socket dictate the position of the light. It should be the other way round.
At Studio Hazeldean we carefully plan where side and table lamps go to create the right mood. Then place sockets appropriately.
Positioning your lights in certain places creates different effects.
Out in the open on a coffee table, gives a general light with no shadows.
Next to a pale wall reflects light into the room and increases it’s intensity. A dark wall absorbs light to create a moody atmosphere.
You can also create focal points by accenting interesting objects or architecture. For example, uplighting a plant or casting light across an archway.
For total flexibility you can now get cable free table lamps.
This makes them fully portable.
Place them anywhere and create unlimited layouts.
Move then between rooms or even outside.
Charge them in the day and they’ll last a whole night.
Perfect for late evening soirées.
Creating a relaxed evening ambience is all about the right lighting, and side lamps are the perfect option.
They give soft pools of light exactly where you want them, with moody low lit areas in between.
Choose ones with warm bulbs and without shades to give you a glow with no hard shadows. And always make sure they’re dimmable to achieve the right balance.
So invest in stylish side lamps and create that warm relaxed mood in your home.