It’s here: Eastern Standard Time, that sure harbinger of cold weather and long, wintry nights. Embrace it this year with just-right lighting. Here are a few tips and some designer inspiration on how to make the most of it:
1. Turn off the overhead lighting in favor of floor and table lamps. You’ll feel the softness right away.
2. Place lamps in corners of rooms, and turn them on. The illuminated corners wrap the space in warmth.
3. Create cozy reading spots with a very comfortable chair and stylish, effective lighting. Choose 3-way bulbs for this space. Sometimes you’ll want the quiet, low light, but when you’re reading you’ll be happy to have that extra brightness right where you need it.
4. Invest in candles, fake and real. The flicker of candlelight is one of the happiest details you can add to your home this season.
I love to put a lamp on a long dining table. Clear one end, and put the light and all the food and flowers there. It makes a lovely still life and floods the scene with warmth.” —BARBARA BARRY
“We designed a dismally dark New York apartment on a low floor, where all the rooms faced a brick wall. We installed full-spectrum lightbulbs all around the window frames — eight bulbs per frame — and then I hung elegant plantation shutters with very wide louvers. You tilt the louvers in any direction and they scoop up the light and shine it up to the ceiling or down to the floor. The electrician and I rigged up a timer tied to the fall and spring equinoxes, so that the light changes throughout the day and year, simulating the arc of the sun across the sky from east to west. It looks real!” —ERIC COHLER
Who’s really going to miss the sun, with such fabulous lighting options available indoors?