How to Create Great Mood Lighting

What’s the best way to revamp a room without altering a single piece of furniture or getting a new coat of paint, you ask? Mood lighting, of course! Whether it’s an intimate bedroom setting or neon-green lighting for parties, mood lighting is the easiest solution to altering the ambience of a room.

Mood lighting is essentially the use of particular lights to create a specific effect or atmosphere in a room. This can vary from mellow and intimate to garish and loud, depending the requirements. It typically follows certain themes, and you can purchase lights that fit into that particular theme.

To create great mood lighting for your home, first decide on the central theme for each room (living room = socializing, bedroom = intimacy, office = clean & bright, etc.) and an overarching theme for your home to tie everything together. Clashing incongruent themes will generally result in disaster – you wouldn’t want neon green lights encroaching into your office/study, for instance.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some popular mood lighting ideas for your home:

1. Living Room

The living room is where you socialize. Now depending on your age and social circle, this place will either hose late-night parties of cocktail dinners. Louder, brighter, more colourful lights will do for the former, while the latter should be limited to elegant, graceful lighting.

Young people like to deck up their living rooms in mood lighting that enhances the party experience. LED lights in different shades and track lighting are two excellent ways to create the perfect atmosphere for a party. A popular choice is to install four colour changing LED bulbs in each corner, with sunken lights behind the TV (which is often the social centre of the room).

Families, on the other hand, would want a dash of elegance in their living rooms. An iron chandelier, antique lamps, and mellow mood lights are an excellent way to create a relaxed, warm environment.

Stick to warm yellow light instead of brighter colours, and create contrasts of dark/light shades by using lamps with opaque lampshades. You can also use accent lighting to show off paintings or specific pieces of furniture.

2. Bedroom

The bedroom lights should ideally be mellow, warm and intimate. Lamps with opaque lampshades and Chinese lanterns are good options inside the bedroom. For smaller bedrooms, try installing mirrors and bright lights to create the illusion of space. You should also install reading lights on either side of the bed. Finally, ensure that all lights in the bedroom have a dimmer switch so you can create a romantic, intimate environment instantly.

3. Dining Room

The dining room should be brightly lit, but not bright enough to be overpowering. You should be able to see the food but not individual grains of wood on the table. Track lighting and recessed spot lights are recommended features for dining rooms. You can also try using a chandelier for a more elegant lighting solution.

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