Photographers live for “the golden hour” that time of day when the light is glowy and romantic, and casts a shimmer and sparkle on those that are bathed in it. It’s sequins and fireworks, and candle light. It’s dew drops, and effervescence, and youthful sleepiness. It’s first bloom, it’s a Florence skyline, it’s perfection. I want perfection for a moment. There…I said it. I want it in that moment when the light sheds years from your world weary skin, and plumps your heart to overflowing with happiness and possibility.
I think I may be on my way to achieving it in my living room. I went for the pastels and the peaches, the blush and palest of the cream white tones. I blanketed it in a backdrop of Benjamin Moore Sand Dollar. (oh Ben, we’ll get to you tomorrow – you’ve stepped up your game yet again – how you do please me).
Pastel puddles under toe (not to be confused with undertow which sweeps you along and spits you out if you know how to work with it, or has disastrous ramifications, if you don’t) We won’t think about that now. We’ll think about the luscious Landry and Arcari Turkish Oushak that tickles my toes, and my fancy all at the same time. Though I wasn’t sure it achieved my bright side fantasies, it is well suited to the setting and I have grown very fond of it.
Achieving lighting levels that will flatter you and your guests require some simple rules of thumb.
- Variety: Cans, pendants, chandeliers, standing lamps, table lamps, wall mounted,
- Bulbs: Say no to Florescent, yes to LED, and don’t be afraid to strategically employ soft pink bulbs,
- Dimmers: yes please – have an Electrician install them everywhere, variety is key to achieving a sultry smolder or a blushy beam,
- In-direct: keep them guessing. From what point does the light emanate? Hide it behind a plant, beneath a molding, allow it to splash a wall or painting rather than direct it’s beam toward some Bell in a Ballgown.
I’ll be bringing back an Electrician – a fourth time. There’s work to do yet, but my furnishings and art are working hard to do their part.