Illuminate your HOMESPACE with nature’s greatest gift
One of the most important things to consider in your HOMESPACE is the use of light; both natural and artificial. I love the idea of painting with light. That’s what I do as a photographer and I love how different light can affect a face or a body landscape.
In my business it’s all about angles and light to create a mood. A camera is just a lens. It’s what you create in front of the lens that actually makes the photograph. In the same way that I paint a face with light to create a photograph, you need to consider painting your HOMESPACE with light to create a warm and beautiful space.
When renting or buying a place to become your HOMESPACE, where possible, you should consider the available natural light. If you live in the U.S, south facing light is ideal. In Australia and Asia, it’s north facing light. People don’t often consider this but, ideally, you want to be facing the sun when the earth rotates on its lower axis in winter. You will experience the best winter sun and warm your HOMESPACE with perfect light. It’s a magical experience that nature provides and is a great asset.
My Manhattan apartment and house in Upstate New York both face south. When winter comes I experience the most amazing light creep across the living room floor and form a magical glow.
When the sun sets you also have a chance to create a lighting experience that people will notice and remember. There is nothing worse than going to a restaurant or home and having to sit in harsh, overhead lighting. That said, it’s also important not to have the lighting so dark that you are literally stumbling around trying to find things.
First and foremost, use a lamp as the main light source in a room. Many don’t have a dimmer though so be sure to use a low voltage bulb. Don’t skimp on a cheap shade – lamps are a great feature element worth the investment and really add character to a room with subtle, illuminated textures.
Recessed, overhead spotlights and downlights help to showcase artwork and architectural features. Ensure they are dimmed – these lights should never be bright enough to create unflattering shadows on someone’s face.
If you ever came to my house for a romantic night you would never look better. I know that the better the lighting, the better you will feel and the sexier the moment becomes. If I can’t dim it, it won’t work. Every light switch in my home has a dimmer.
When lighting your HOMESPACE, consider three scenarios: one where you are there alone, one where you have guests and one where you have romantic company. This doesn’t just refer to one room; look at the whole experience you are creating. Your HOMESPACE is an experience you can control – the lighting, music and the mood. They create an EFFECT that should be respected and entertained.