Your guide to coloured lighting
2 Jun 2014 2:00 PM
Posted by hh's Anna Bradley
Colour is a powerful medium when it comes to decorating your home, but have you considered colourful lighting for your interior? Find out how coloured lights can transform the rooms in your house, plus our top tips for making it look stylish, not kitsch.
When experimenting with coloured lights, it's important to understand what effect each colour can have. The colours you incorporate into your lighting has the potential to set the mood and compliment the uses of the room. Use this guide to help you decide where to use which colours:
Blue - Productive. Perfect for an at-home office.
Green - Tranquillity. Ideal for a bedroom or outdoor area.
Pink - Calming and warm. Best for a girls' bedroom.
Lavender - Relaxing, calms nerves. Perfect for a living room.
Yellow - Increases metabolism and stimulates energy. Suited to the kitchen.
Red - Encourages appetite. Could be used in the dining room.
Purple - Creativity. Ideal for a craft or play room.
Orange - Energy. Great to be used in a boy's bedroom or home gym.
Do's and Don'ts
DON’T: Don't overwhelm your room
While coloured lighting is a great way to create certain moods in the rooms of your house, it's important to decide where it is and isn’t appropriate to use coloured lighting. If there are rooms in your house that already have strong coloured elements, adding coloured lighting could overwhelm the room.
DO: Choose wisely
Make informed decisions when it comes to deciding what colours to use in your lighting. Installing red downlights in a bedroom wouldn’t be ideal as it’s a stimulating colour and wouldn’t promote a restful sleeping environment.
How to brighten your home with colour
There are plenty of ways to incorporate coloured lighting into your home without calling in the experts.
1) Lanterns are a great addition to any room and you can get them in many colours to project the type of mood you’re after. You can string a small set of lanterns around a window frame in your bedroom or hang a larger one outdoors in the garden or or on the balcony.
2) Placing candles inside coloured wine bottles is an easy and creative way to bring coloured light into a room. You can paint clear bottles or use tinted bottles as they are.
3) Fairy lights have unlimited uses when it comes to decorating your home. Buy a short string for a subtle highlight around a doorway, or ditch the overhead lights and use a long string of fairy lights for a subtle light that makes a big impression.
Here are a few options to get you started on ways to bring coloured light into your home.
- For a table lamp that can be incorporated into any room - IKEA GAVIK Table Lamp, $29.99
- Light bulbs that will spread colour throughout an entire space - Ebay Mirabella Colour Party Bulbs, $12
- To bring coloured lights into your outdoor setting - Beacon Lighting LEDlux Eos 35mm 5 Light Colour Changing Decklight Kit
- For a creative lantern fixture - Lantern shop Red Paper Lanterns, 99c each