“Lighting plays a huge role in creating a cozy atmosphere,” says Ami McKay, founder and principal of Pure Design in North Vancouver, Canada. “Pendants, lamps, and sconces ensure ambient lighting at night.” Uplights behind the plants, candles on the mantel, and floor lamps illuminating the ceiling create a beautiful glow.
Ponterio said recessed downlights and canned lighting are also overused, making them unsuitable for conversation or watching shows. “You don’t want to look at the light source, you want to see the effect of the lighting. That’s the trick,” he says. One of his solutions is to set bright lights on a dimmer switch. Another thing you can do to achieve soft, warm light is to add table lamps or decorative light fixtures or chandeliers.
Alternatives to Nozawa’s overhead can lights include table and floor lamps, as well as wall sconces. “Don’t sleep on the walls,” she says. Wall sconces provide warm light at face level, whether you have an electrician wire and install them or use plug-in wall sconces. and Free up floor and tabletop space for other room furniture, home decor, coffee table books, glasses, etc.
McKay recommends warm light bulbs. Tip: To float furniture in a room, install electrical outlets on the floor.