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Generating an emotional response through lighting

Art inspires emotion - and we at Garden Antiquities greatly believe that lighting is a form of art.

The way you light your home can be as little or as a big a spectacle as you want it to be - dramatic, with the use of interesting angles and shadow. Subtle, with the use of low lighting and softness. Characterful, with the use of colourful lighting and bold design. But no matter which road you choose to go down, the effects often fit under one, umbrella term - artistic.

But how can you convey and manipulate emotion through your lighting? Here’s a few ways...

1) Colour

Plenty of research has been done supporting and exploring the theory that colour has a direct impact on your psychological state, greatly affecting both your mood - and in the case of lighting - the mood cast by your property on its first impression. So it’s important you get it right.

‘Mood’ changes, as a result of lighting, can be measured or anticipated in accordance with the colour temperature you go for when installing lighting. To expand, colour temperature is measured in degrees - Kelvin (°K) - with warm light on the lower end of the scale and cool light at the higher end.

Colour temperature, on either end of the scale, directly affects the mood and emotional impact of a space - so if you’re easily affected by exterior elements on your psyche, listen up. 

Some of the most popular forms of ‘mood’ lighting are:

  • Warm white lighting: which creates a soft, beige ‘glow’ - great for interiors and creating a cosy, ‘homely’ feel
  • Natural white lighting: from which brightness is obtained via a mix of the sun and standard, white light, ‘opening’ up a space while giving it a chilled, restorative vibe
  • Cool, blue lighting: making a mystical, enchanting landscape of your garden during night, for a romantic, ‘sleepy’ feel.

Indeed - colour temperature is no small fish: the kind of ‘mood’ lighting palette you choose can boost and/or peak your emotional state, vastly change the atmosphere of your home and even make your immune system work more effectively. Worth considering, wouldn’t you say? 

In terms of exteriors, you can carefully craft the mood you create in accordance with your pre-existing architectural textures.

For instance, if you’re lighting stone, wood and brick, these textures are often best complemented by warmer lighting - generating a gorgeous, cosy and welcoming feel - whereas metal and grass can benefit more from cool lighting - perfect for that romantic, ambient effect.

2) Angles

Another way you can inspire emotion via your lighting techniques is through creating amazing, dramatic silhouettes and shadows through lighting.

Awe-inspire by lighting your trees with low lights, so the branches are shadowed on the walls of your house to help create that ‘magic’ garden feel, that blue mood lighting begins to do on your behalf. You can also combine colour temperature with angles by lighting your garden path with ‘warm white lighting’, creating a double-whammy of ‘welcomeness’ as you conjure up a cosy journey to the doorway of your house (where more golden, warm lighting can be filtered down onto your porch, continuing the impression).

3) Character

Another way you can create emotion through your lighting is through the style of the lighting object itself - whether you’re using lampposts, lanterns, wall lights, globe lights or other.

Lampposts and stately, Victorian lanterns often create a feel of tradition and grandeur, invoking emotions of admiration, esteem and soft austerity. Globe lights and low-lit porch lights, alternately, help that ‘enchantment’ effect in your garden, inducing feelings of charm and creativity.

How are you lighting your home? Do you have any examples of ‘mood’ lighting of your own? We’d love to take a look! Show us over at GA’s Facebook or Twitter page.


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