Preparing a home for the holidays might bring to mind extensive decorations or a total remodel of a living or dining room. However, small changes through lighting can create a festive and comfortable environment with minimal effort.
Welcome family and guests into your home
Entryways are the first areas of a home to invite guests and set the tone for the rest of the interior. Lanterns and hanging fixtures can be functional yet decorative pieces that serve as the focal point in entryways.
Other ways to add drama in foyers are through the use of layered lighting, such as a chandelier accented with a sconce, along with the use of dimmers – to control the light level and create the ultimate welcoming environment for holiday guests.
In addition, simple outdoor lighting techniques can make your home and yard look great and offer functional features during the holidays – and all year long. Lighting along paths and driveways enhances the overall theme of your outdoor space while preventing accidents in the dark.
Illuminate favorite rooms for festive gatherings
Consider designing inspirational lighting schemes in the areas where friends and family gather most during the holidays. Incorporating layers of light – like chandeliers, recessed lighting and wall sconces – will add depth to a popular room.
In living areas, find creative uses of recessed fixtures, wall brackets or pendants to provide ample light. To brighten or soften illumination, incorporate dimmers to create drama with the flip of a switch.
Placing a chandelier over a dining table adds instant appeal to a centerpiece or holiday meal. Also consider adding a pendant – or multiple pendants – to showcase the dining area. For a behind-the-scenes tip: recessed wall washers can provide additional light, while helping to create the illusion of a larger space.
Also, consider making small adjustments like decorating existing fixtures or adjusting illumination to highlight holiday centerpieces to enhance a festive environment.
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