There’s something about a cosy home that makes you feel instantly relaxed. It could be the low lighting or the warm colours, but there’s just something about it that feels like home. The trick to creating a cosy space is all in the details. Whether it’s through decorating your walls with artful paintings or adding touches of nature like plants and trees; creating a sense of cosines begins with lighting. Lighting is one of the most important aspects of interior design because it can set the tone for any space in an instant. Thankfully, there are many ways to bring a sense of cosines into your home by using lighting techniques to create an inviting atmosphere.
1. Turn on the ambient lighting
Ambient lighting is a great way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. Whether it be from lamps, chandeliers, or even ceiling lights, the trick is to create a soft glow that doesn’t overpower the room. It’s best to avoid using overhead lights or any type of intense lighting when trying to create a cosy atmosphere because it can feel cold and harsh. When it comes to selecting the right lights, it’s best to stick with low-wattage bulbs as they allow the lighting to be both warm and inviting. For a more modern approach, use wall lights or ceiling lights to create a softer glow. You can also add dimmer switches to your lamps and lights to allow you to adjust the light level to create the perfect ambience.
2. Light some scented candles
Candles are a classic way to bring a warm, peaceful and romantic vibe to any space. Whether you’re creating a romantic dinner for two or a fun gathering with friends, lighting a few candles instantly adds warmth to any room.
The trick to using candles to create a inviting and relaxing feel is to use scents that are warm and rich. Try using scents such as vanilla, sandalwood, and cinnamon to add a rich scent that instantly creates a sense of warmth. When choosing your candles, be sure to select candles that burns for longer and have a wonderful scent that you love to fill the room.
For a soft glow, place the candles in corners or in small, low-sitting candle holders
Invest in faux candles. To create a warmly lit room, invest in LED candles. These faux candles have a realistic dripping wax appearance, complete with a LED flame that can be turned on and off with the switch of a button.
3. Bring in some lamps
Lamps are a great way to transform a space with adding soft lighting to it. Floor and table lamps should form part of every interior lighting setup. When selecting lamps, consider your interior style and the ambience you want to achieve. To create a warm and relaxing atmosphere, use ornate lamps to create a soft and warm glow. Translucent fabric shades will create a brighter light, making the room feel larger, while opaque shades offer a dimmer, softer glow. Fixtures in warm autumnal colours and metals make a space feel cosier, even when the light is switched off. Table lamps are a great way to add soft lighting to a small space with a decorative touch.
4. Employ clever lighting techniques
When designing interiors, it’s important to think about how you’re going to light your space. Although you may want to use lamps and candles to light your room, there are many other lighting techniques you can employ to create a cosier atmosphere. Wall lights are a great way to cast more light into a room. If you’re trying to create a more modern look, try mounting them along the top of the wall. They cast light both downward and upward and are a great way to light up a room. Wall sconces also provide a great lighting effect. They’re perfect for creating a more glamorous feel and can be used to light up a wall or corner. Wall-mounted lights are a great way to light up a room without trying to place a lamp or sconce on every table or surface. Draw attention to low-level items such as photo frames, artwork, books and other trinkets by using lamps and strip lights.
5. Switch out your light bulbs
To really tailor your lighting to the season, swap out your bulbs. Use energy-efficient high-wattage LEDs for overhead lights and lower-wattage LEDs for lamps to create a cosy ambience. Also, consider the kelvin value of your bulbs. Kelvins are the colour temperature of a bulb. The higher the kelvin, the cooler the light. With this in mind, opt for bulbs that have a lower kelvin value. Be sure to keep the kelvin value consistent throughout a room, in order to create a cohesive look.
For a cosier home, turn on the ambient lighting, light some scented candles, bring in some lamps, employ clever lighting techniques and switch out your light bulbs. With the right lighting, you can easily set the mood and create a space that feels like home.