Did you know that lighting has a direct effect on our mood and emotions?
Bright natural light, for example, heightens our emotions and makes us feel happier. Blue light can give us more energy, although it can also keep us awake late at night. Believe it or not, soft lighting can even affect your appetite and how much food you eat.
What about romantic lighting? If you want to create a magical atmosphere inside your home, it’s not as easy as flipping a switch. For a special night with that special someone, you’ll need to put a little effort into romantic mood lighting.
Don’t worry — it’s not as difficult as it sounds. Keep reading for our best romantic lighting ideas for your bedroom, living room, or backyard.
Romantic Bedroom Lighting Ideas
Let’s start with the main room you want to emphasize: the bedroom. Keep in mind that most of these tips apply equally to your living room, dining room, or other areas where you hope to create a romantic atmosphere.
1. Wall Lighting
Nothing kills the mood more than harsh overhead lighting. Skip those glaring fluorescent ceiling lights and set the mood with some beautiful decorative wall lights.
Wall sconces are available in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors to suit every taste. Go ultra-modern with stainless steel or polished brass. For a more retro look, opt for bright copper or antique brass fixtures.
There’s wall lighting that resembles candles and beaded lighting that looks like chandeliers. There’s even wall lighting carved from Venetian glass or painted to resemble your favorite artwork. Turn off the brighter ceiling lights or standing lamps and stick with soft, muted wall lights for a romantic evening.
2. Standing Lights
Of course, not all standing lamps are bright and garish. With soft, warm-colored lightbulbs, floor lamps aimed towards the floor create a flattering appearance for anyone in the room.
If possible, hide your larger lamps and lights from plain sight. The goal should be to reflect their light off walls and furniture, offering an indirect source of lighting.
3. Accent Lighting
If you’re considering a little remodel work in your bedroom or other areas of the house, consider installing some soft accent lighting. Downlights are ideal for those hard-to-light areas, such as corners, columns, and entryways.
Consider wall lights that beam light both upwards and downwards. Wall sconces work best when they’re between five and six feet off the ground. You might also consider a string of accent lights under the bed, around the mirror, or along the edges of the ceiling.
4. String Lights
Speaking of a string of lights, let’s talk about actual string lights. These beauties are a sure way to create a relaxing atmosphere that sets the stage for romance.
Strings lights can be as dainty as tiny white fairy lights or as large and bright as paper lanterns. Fairy lights look gorgeous along with a bed canopy or mosquito net. Hanging lanterns draw the eye while offering soft light throughout the space.
5. Himalayan Salt Lamps
Have you ever walked into a room that has a salt lamp? No doubt your eyes were immediately drawn to its warmth and unique appearance.
Made from pure Himalayan salt, these lamps are usually white, pink, or orange in color. A small bulb is inserted to illuminate the salt from within, casting a warm glow throughout the entire room. Most lamps come with a dimmer that allows you to adjust the brightness as you desire.
6. Classic Candlelight
For the ultimate romantic setup, nothing beats old-fashioned candlelight. Try as we may, humans just can’t recreate the amazing glow that comes from a real flame.
Place tealight candles around the room as accent lighting. Use larger, taller candles on the side tables and the top of the dresser. If you use enough candles, you won’t have any need for artificial lighting!
7. Fireplace or Firepit
Our list of romantic lighting tips wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a traditional fireplace. If you’re lucky enough to have one in your home, fire it up and settle in for an evening of snuggling with your loved one.
If it’s allowed where you live, another option is to cozy up around an outdoor firepit on your patio or balcony. Or, if a natural fire isn’t an option, download a fireplace app or background for your TV or computer!
Bonus Tips for Romantic Mood Lighting
Keep in mind that not all light is created equal. Bright white and blue lights, like you commonly find with LED lighting, may produce the opposite of a romantic atmosphere.
To soften the mood, opt for warm shades of orange, yellow, pink, or red. Go for understated and subdued, rather than bold and bright. Diffuse the warm light around the room with strategically placed mirrors and other reflective surfaces.
To help achieve the right brightness level, your best bet is to install dimmer switches in your home. This lets you decrease the amount of light to a suitable level for the current activity, whether that’s eating a meal, sipping a glass of wine, or simply sitting and talking.
Add Some Romantic Lighting to Your Home Today
So, which of these romantic lighting tips will work best in your home?
Will you update your lighting with some attractive wall sconces or accent lighting? Will you create a spa-like atmosphere with string lights, candles, or salt lamps? Or will you move your efforts outside with a cozy firepit?
Whatever options you choose, we hope your lighting efforts will have the desired effect — creating a romantic evening for you and your special someone!
Now that you know all about romantic mood lighting, what’s next? Keep browsing our blog for more great tips and advice.