As the days get shorter in the fall and winter, the sun becomes shier. Lighting makes a big difference. It not only impacts the design of rooms, but also the ambiance of a space by changing our perception of volumes. We often leave for work before sunrise and return only when it is already dark. At this rate, our bodies quickly run out of light and fatigue sets in. Fortunately, there are a few tricks that can help you feel better about lighting your home on those darker winter evenings.


For practical and aesthetic reasons, you ideally want to have multiple lighting options. After all, each space requires different levels of light depending on the mood you want to create. If possible, try to have at least three types of light sources that you can easily control in each room. This means that you can easily turn on the lights as you wish depending on your mood and the light level outside. If you can, get a wall switch (dimmer) to control the intensity of lights in the room. Also, knowing the height of the ceiling is extremely important when choosing pendant lights. In fact, some lights have adjustable cables while others do not. This is something you need to consider if you don’t want to end up with a light that is too low or too high for your needs. Ideally, the light should hang 12 to 20 inches below a standard 8-foot ceiling. Add 3 inches for each additional foot of ceiling. If you plan to hang a light over a kitchen table or island, the recommended distance from the surface is 28 to 34 inches. That being said, there are many other ways to add lighting such as wall sconces, bedside lamps or ceiling lights. There is really no limit.

Reflecting light

Placing a lamp in front of a mirror can make a big difference. Introduce glass or metal surfaces to bounce daylight coming through the window and artificial lights at night. This can be done with glass elements such as a translucent vase or metal accessories. It can also be done with a floor or ceiling painted a bright color. It could be as simple as a mirror cabinet. The larger the mirror, the more space it will seem to create. If possible, hang your mirror facing the window to let in natural light.

Choose the right shade

If you think painting your walls pure white is a good idea, think again. It might just look lifeless and boring instead of creating a bright, light room. Instead, opt for soft recessive colors like gray or light blue. Your room will look bigger and brighter. Personalize the space with a touch of color and texture in accessories and furniture. However, don’t go overboard and save the bright, dark colors for your large, sunny spaces.

Use candles

Winter is coming and it’s time to relax and feel good. You may also want to reduce the levels of artificial lights in your home. Why not use candles then? They are warm and often smell good! The flame itself can create a romantic and welcoming setting. For complete peace of mind, you can always place candles in metal lanterns. Use multi-wick candles, as the flames will produce more light. This is definitely a great alternative to your main lighting.

Garland lights

Instead of just using them for your Christmas tree, why not hang them on window frames to create a scene with a magical atmosphere. The possibilities are endless, and they will create a wonderful look! This is an increasingly popular trend that will beautify easily your home.
Don’t forget that lighting is an important aspect of your home. Lights create the perfect atmosphere and set the desired mood. Be creative and illuminate the rooms in your home. The cold season is the perfect time to stay cozy at home while drinking a hot cider.