Use Lighting to Set the Mood

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Thursday, January 14, 2016)

glass companyYou need to know how use lighting to set the mood whether you’re planning a romantic dinner, trying to be more productive while telecommuting, or working on making your living room a pleasant space. Like color, lighting can affect our moods even when we’re not aware of it.

This can be a serious issue – for instance, the lack of sunlight in the winter negatively affects the lives of those with SAD (Seasonal Effective Disorder) – but even when the impact is not this dramatic, lighting matters. Being cognizant of the results of different lighting choices can enable you to foster appropriate moods in each room of your house.

A basic goal of many homeowners is for their main living area to be pleasant and inviting. In using lighting to create this mood, you need to strike a balance between annoying glare and overly dim lighting that evokes malaise and sluggishness. The truth is, when you’re in your kitchen, dining room, or living room, you’re usually doing something, whether it’s cooking, eating a meal with your loved ones, conversing with friends, or even watching TV.

During the day, one of the best options for lighting that is bright enough without being overwhelming is natural light. If this is currently lacking in your main living space, consider adding more windows, changing to translucent or easily opened window treatments, or perhaps even adding a skylight made of laminated glass.
Also, a trick for boosting the impact of a window is to install a wall mirror across from it. Not only does this make the outdoor view more present in the room, but the mirror glass reflects the natural light.

From twilight on, however, you need smart options for artificial lighting. Adding table lamps is a wonderful idea since it allows you to customize the mood depending on the occasion. Turn on just one lamp for a cozy glow while reading bedtime stories on the sofa or use all the lamps when you’re playing board games with the neighbors. Table lamps can even be used in the dining room if you have a sideboard, buffet, or set of glass shelves on which to set them. 

In the kitchen, table lamps may be less practical, but you can achieve similar results by installing varied lighting options, such as bright recessed lights above the countertops for food prep and dimmable ceiling lights above the bar. Lighting can even impact whether you’re in a lazy or productive mood when working from home. In selecting lighting for a home office setting, keep the following in mind.

   •    Practical needs for brighter or dimmer light depending on the work you do.
   •    The importance of sunlight in your work-space.
   •    Avoiding headaches caused by excessively radiant light bulbs.
   •    The ability of an attractive desk lamp to give your office a warmer ambiance.


Putting some thought into your lighting choices is well worth it in the long run. If part of your plan to create the perfect mood in each room includes mirror or another glass fixture, call ABC Glass and Mirror, Inc. for a free estimate and consultation – 703-257-7150!

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