Thanks to everyone who chimed in on last week’s lighting discussion.
In the midst of it all, I had a bright idea and turned the lamps on. That was when we quickly realized that the light that they cast, the way that it filled the room… sadly, we didn’t love it. They brought a lot of harsh light into the area… even with a low wattage bulb. The light bounced off the large walls and made you feel like you were in an airplane hangar. Not ideal for a living room.
So although the blue lamps were pretty, back to Home Goods they went. And back to the drawing board I’m at.
But this all brought up another interesting point to consider… What kind of mood does the lighting create when you turn it on?
And interestingly enough, we recently had a much more successful lighting outcome when we purchased a new lamp for Tessa’s Purple Palace. If you are new around here, you can read all about how we took her little girl room and made it a more teen worthy space here.
Since then, we have talked quite a bit about the kind of lighting that Tess wanted to add. I liked the idea of a hanging pendant. However, my daughter felt that with a ceiling fixture already in the opposite corner, it was too redundant. She really wanted a floor lamp. We looked at several, but ultimately landed on the Room Essentials 5-Head Floor Lamp in Silver from Target.
Tess likes that you can bend the arms all around. I like the metal finish.
On a side note, we have also added a new end table. I found this cute piece at Home Goods several months ago. It’s a great size next to her chair and with a small drawer, it provides her a little extra storage.
But back to the lighting. My favorite thing about it is how it makes her room look at night. The fun multi-light effect plays against the purple and creates a really rich and warm glow. Every evening I feel like I’m walking into The Great Gatsby… if Gatsby was into purple.
Although it’s not a great blog photo (and doesn’t do my point justice), I thought I’d try to share a pic of how much the lighting changes the mood of the room. It truly takes the place from bright and airy during the day into elegant and dreamy at night.
Samson, our Z-Gallerie pup, totally approves of the mood lighting… day and night.
Any additional thoughts for choosing light for an space? Have you purchased any new lighting that effects the mood in a room? Have you seen The Great Gatsby? Baz Luhrmann knows how to create a film filled with eye candy and I’m still hoping to catch his latest in a theater soon.