Lighting Up Your Home and Garden

As Spring appears and we see more sunlight in our day I am taking a look at how we use lighting in our home.
First of all I’d like to share this video about he History Of Lighting, from the Festive Lights website.

Can you believe it was 1878 when we had the first light bulb?
It wasn’t until 1972 when we started seeing LED lights and now we use them all the time. I love my fairy lights, they really add a little extra to any room, or indeed any garden.

On The Abigail Ahern blog she talks about 3 Types of Lighting Every Room needs.

  1. Ambient Lighting
  2. Task Lighting
  3. Accent Lighting
I like to have lamps and lights to hand for when I need to work or cook, and my accent lighting is usually provided by fairy lights, I like to place them around shelves or headboards in the bedroom.
The idea really is to create places of shade and light altogether in one room and to layer your lighting sources. 
I love rooms with big windows that let in lots of lovely natural light. That’s something that disappoints me in my own home. Although, the living room area has big patio doors, they are in fact the only windows in the room. So, I have to be careful with my lighting choices. I do this by layering my lighting with ceiling lights, lamps and decorative lights. 
I also love candle light and if it’s a nice smelling candle then all the better. You can’t beat a nice Yankee Candle in the room.
I think my love of fairy lights is why I love Christmas so much. I just feel so cosy and relaxed at the festive time of year when I have twinkly lights everywhere. You can’t really do this all year round though (can you?) but you can move the twinkly lights to the garden. I can’t wait to show my hubby the new fairy lights I’ve bought to decorate his shed with! I also want to get some solar lights to go along the path. We’ve got lots of bushes that would look good with some solar lighting too. 
garden lights

Finally, lighting can be fun and quirky and I have been craving one of these cinematic light boxes for ages now. It would make a really nice feature in the house.
I would love to hear how you light up your home and garden? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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1 Comment

  1. debsrandomwritings
    April 8, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Hi Anne, Christmas is my favourite time of the year because of the twinkling lights. We don't have fairy lights up during the year, but I do like cozy lighting around the house and you're right, you can't beat a nice Yankee candle for scent.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


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