When you are creating a romantic mood, lighting plays a crucial role. Take a moment to think about it - no matter where you are, the lighting will always heavily influence your mood, and there are many ways that you can use this to your advantage when romance is in the air.
Here are a few tips to help you.
Keep It Low
The first and most important thing to remember when you want to create a romantic mood is to turn the lighting down. Too much wattage will be too bright, and that is the opposite of what you want.
Low light levels cause a persons pupils to naturally dilate in the same way as they do when you are attracted to someone. Secondly, low light reduces the amount of space you can see around you and makes you feel more enclosed and therefore intimate.
Either stick to lighting with a lower wattage, or use a dimmer switch to turn the lights down low to create a softer glow that will immediately create atmosphere.
LEDs are a suitable choice for dimmers, but other types of bulbs can also be used. If you want to go even further, install a remote controlled dimmer feature to change the level of lighting without spoiling the moment.
Use Decorative Lighting
Decorative lights can play a large role in creating a more romantic atmosphere. For example, you can buy decorative bulbs in elaborate shapes, vintage style lights or even hand-made bulbs.
A chandelier is an excellent option for creating romantic mood because it looks beautiful and it will disperse the light softly throughout the room.
According to the ancient art of feng shui the bedroom is ruled by the blue element of water so using blue or dark purple lampshades in this area of your home could help you float off on a romantic adventure.
Add Some Magic with Fairy Lights
Fairy lights are a simple and very effective way to add a bit of magic to the romantic atmosphere you are creating. You can use either coloured or white bulbs, and they are very versatile so you can use them wherever you want, inside or outside. The only thing to remember is that you don't want to go over the top, so keep it simple and create an enchanting effect.
If you want some ideas of how to use fairy lights for romance, take your inspiration from the movie's. The prom scene in teen vampire film Twilight ...
Opt for Wall and Floor Lamps
Bright overhead lighting just won't cut it when it comes to romance . Instead, choose wall lamps, floor lamps and recessed lighting. That way you won't create too much glare and the lights can be angled in different directions. Wall sconces can be particularly effective.
Choose Natural Light
One of the best form of mood lighting is natural light, especially in the form of candles. You could of course go completely seduction and fill the room with candles but the fire risk may take the edge of the romance so be a little more subtle, light some candles and group them together in one or two areas Firelight is an incredibly romantic form of natural light so if circumstances allow light a log fire for the perfect romantic atmosphere.
Create the Perfect Mood
Lighting plays such a large role when it comes to creating mood, and this is especially important when romance is in the air. So cut out that bright, clinical lighting, get rid of the plain fixtures, lower the light to a soft glow and enjoy the romantic mood.