It’s late evening in your house. The kids are finally fast asleep in their beds, and the dog is snoring away in his. You have both had a hard week at work and the need for some quality time is evident for all to see. So what do you do to set the scene? Light the obligatory candles? Use the dimmer switch for your one and only light source? We all understand that subdued lighting can enhance a romantic atmosphere – it is a primordial thing, borne from our history of lighting fires at night. Look no further than the simple candle as an example of this. So, the scene is set. But could you make it even better?
Rest assured, there are countless ways to enhance the lighting in your home (particularly in the bedroom). With imagination, and helpful guidance such as this, every night could become date night if you so wish. Our lives are hectic, sometimes we pass by our partners like ships in the night, just a brief acknowledgment that we know they are there. But it doesn’t have to be that way all of the time.
Those moments when we are free from the pace of life and can take a breath together should be as enchanting as possible. This article will provide 5 essential tips on how those moments can be enhanced with beautifully romantic lighting. And it all starts with a light bulb.
1. Low Wattage Edison-Style Bulbs
Classic, stylish, warming, sophisticated, romantic. The Edison-Style Bulbs are all these things and more. Apart from the fact that they add a beautiful twist on any decor in the home, these bulbs provide the warming, ambient lighting that your need for romance demands. Coming in a variety of individual styles, such as the classic Victorian, the Squirrel Cage or the various Tube designs, they look simply beautiful in transparent glass fixtures. Even when just bunched together as bare bulbs, they will enhance your surroundings, particularly the bedroom, bathing any room in a warm, soft glow. And, as an added bonus, they are extremely energy-efficient, leaving you with money to spare, perhaps on another inhibition-removing bottle of red?
2. Light Strings
An evening of romance is often preceded by a romantic meal in a softly-lit, intimate little bistro or restaurant. By using light strings inside your own home, you can easily recreate this ambiance as the precursor to your night of intimacy. In fact, you can take that feeling further by using such lighting in the bedroom.
Candles have always been seen as an easy way of providing that warm, romantic glow within your surroundings. With wax LED candles, you can recreate the effect of candlelight without needing to concern yourself about ensuring they are out before you fall asleep in the arms of your loved one. The candles themselves are flameless, but have a LED light that produces the same subtle illumination with a flickering flame effect.
4. Colored Lighting
We often associate romantic lighting with a warm, orange glow, but it doesn’t need to end there. The study of chromotherapy has shown that we can be greatly influenced by the colors around us. For example, the orange just mentioned implies sexuality and heightened emotions, red is pure passion, blue is more spiritual and physical in nature, and green invites love and responsibility. By the clever use of such colored lighting, we can evoke the responses we would like. One example of a current and successful product available to us is the Philips Color Kinetics, which allows the user to mix any variation of RGB as they so desire. Literally, thousands of colors are within your grasp, for whatever mood you and your partner are in.
5. Ventless Fireplaces
Lighting doesn’t just come from pendants, lamps and candles. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the ancient fires we used to light at night provided our primordial desire for romantic lighting. We have come a long way since those ancient times. If you don’t have a working fireplace within your home, do not fear. In our world of today, technology has provided us with the ventless fireplace. These fireplaces are designed to burn eco-friendly bioethanol, a clean-burning alcohol that does not give off any hazardous fumes whatsoever. Therefore, you can install an actual mini-fireplace in your home without the need for ventilation. Believe it or not, you can actually buy a tabletop version. A romantic (and surely passionate) night in front of a warm, glowing fire awaits!
Turn The Lights Down Low…
So there you have your 5 essential tips for getting the best romantic lighting in your home. Whether it be the use of Edison-style bulbs, light strings, colored lighting, LED candles or a ventless fireplace, a combination of some of them, or even all 5, you will achieve the desired effect for that night of much-needed (and, no doubt, much-anticipated) romance. However, these are only the best 5; there are many more ways to enhance your home lighting to create your romantic environment, such as the use of soft filtered light effects, wall sconces, lighted flowers, accent lamps, and so on. If you yourself have any suggestions to add to these, please feel free to add a comment below.
And remember – try not to wake the kids up….
March 23, 2017