Mood lighting on a budget (without a dimmer switch in sight!)
Lighting can completely transform any space. With the flick of a switch, you can change the bright and sunny dining room into a sexy and sultry date-night space. You can give the illusion of a beautiful airy bedroom, and in a heartbeat create a dark cave. Mood lighting is great, however our obsession with integrating natural light into every room in the house is starting to reduce our ability to control our surrounds.
Once we had a darker rooms and the turn of a dimmer-switch could change that, but now we have rooms filled with natural light, so how do we turn things around? It’s simple, we control it the other way around using blinds, curtains and blockers. So here’a few things that you can use to control the mood lighting in each room of your home filled with natural light…
Roller blinds are simple to install and they give you reasonable light control. They come in a range of colours so it’s easy to find something neutral that matches the rest of a room and when they’re not in use, they don’t take up much room and aren’t bulky or visually distracting. The downside is they can’t create filtered light, so they have the least amount of flexibility of your options. Most roller blinds are made of a soft synthetic, coated material so cleaning only requires a wipe down with a damp cloth.
Roman blinds are the heavy, drop-down curtain style blinds you see used often in large spaces. The fabrics are generally block-out and are quite heavy. As they’re made of fabric, they have the softer aesthetic of curtains with the practicality of blinds. The downside is that like the roller blinds, you can’t create filtered light. These are ideal for bedrooms and media rooms where a block-out feature is required to prevent light getting in entirely. To maintain them a gentle vacuum is encouraged of the full length regularly and a dust wipe can be used too, however proper dry-cleaning is required for a deep clean.
Venetian blinds are highly popular and most homes have some form of them in either timber or plastic. Because of the wide range in materials, they also come in a wide price range, so you can generally find them to suit any budget. The thin, full control panels are great to create filtered light and can be used to really change the mood of a room. They generally don’t create a full block out result so they are great for use in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways. Cleaning is simple, they just need a regular wipe down.
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These are a little more flexible than everything else as they completely open as well as filter light. They’re made of timber and have horizontal slats or louvres. They give a large amount of control while looking great. They’re becoming far more popular in homes, however they are still quite an expensive option so aren’t the most budget friendly. The only downside to them is that they are large and become a feature of the room in themselves.
So in our light-filled, airy homes, there is a way to keep the mood lighting going. We’ve just got to look at blocking light out, instead of artificially letting it in like we once did.
What curtains, shutters or blinds do you use? What do you and don’t you like about them?