With daylight savings just a few days away I wanted to share the surprising places to add lamps. The addition of lamps gives the not-so-obvious rooms or spaces soft lighting. This time of year it is comforting to get home from work, errands, or carpool to have lighting to welcome us home. Depending on work or school schedules or bitty city or suburban living here are lighting ideas to light the way.
SURPRISING PLACES TO ADD LAMPS
With daylight savings, I love the idea of early evenings with candles and throws, but I don’t want my house to feel like a scene from the book This House is Haunted by John Boyne.
Lamps in unexpected places make a home or apartment home or apartment feel warmer and give us a cozy vibe as daylight savings begins and we head into winter. Here are some daylight savings tips to help you adjust.
I am answering this question before my dad asks the question: overhead lighting is not the same as lamps. Yes, a switch on the wall is easy, but we do not want our family room to feel like a regional airport runway.
In my brownstone in the suburbs home, I use a mix of table and reading lamps. My go-to lamps to light up dark rooms and corners are the small lamps.
You know the ones you can find on an end cap at Target. Petite.
My lamp suggestions are at the end of this blog post.
- LAUNDRY ROOM
Depending on where your laundry room is located it is the perfect spot for a little lighting in the winter.
If your laundry room is the size of a double-stacked washer and dryer consider a nightlight or my favorite no-tools required motion sensor light.
If your laundry is in the basement add a timer to the lamp. Nobody wants to go down a flight of stairs in a 1941 house. My favorite motion sensor light works down hallways and stairs.
2. FIREPLACE | HEARTH
I got this idea from one of my sellers. Her home included a hearth with a place for chopped firewood. However, in the Denver metro area, many homes now have gas fireplaces.
Instead of adding a bundleof firewood she added a table-size lamp.
It added a warm glow to the hearth in the evenings with or without the fireplace.
When I first started to blog (and was in the early days of real estate) I was obsessed with lanterns of all sizes. What I discovered was the taller lanterns were hard to fill with candles because of their height. The candles got lost in the lantern.
This idea was a game changer.
So last winter on a whim I added a small Target lamp to this lantern. It was perfect. And with the light illuminating from the glass panes, it added a soft, calming light.
I tucked my lantern behind a fern to give the corner of the room a soft glow.
My sister added fairy lights to this lantern which are set on a timer for the winter solstice.
4. KITCHEN COUNTERS
One of my close friends has a tiny lamp on her kitchen island on top of, a swivel cheese board. It is the softest light and it is so pretty at night. The warm glow matches our glow from a glass of Sauvignon Blanc on a Thursday night.
Bathrooms are a nice place to add a small lamp. They add a little warmth to a room filled with glass and hard surfaces. Bathroom lamps are nice if you or your roommate or family member have different work schedules. No one wants to trip over the dog on the cold tile in the middle of the night.
6. GARAGE OR ENTRY
Finally, depending on your home or apartment layout you may be entering your home from a garage entry door, a hallway, or the front door. Regardless of how you enter or exit your house adding a small lamp (on a timer) is a great way to transition into the evening.
If you live alone adding a lamp to the entry is just a warm touch in the middle of the winter.
Here are a few lamps I use in my home:
- ceramic mini-table lamp
- abstract min-table ceramic lamp
- blue ceramic table lamp
- glass mini open table lamp
Thank you for stopping by today! I would love it if you pinned the image below for others to find. Do you have other suggestions for where to place lamps? Please leave in the comments or email me.