How Controlling Lighting Can Affect Your Room

There are countless ways to personalize a room. By choosing and arranging furniture, picking out the perfect wallpaper, and other design choices, you can make a space look exactly the way you want to. What’s more, you can change how it makes you feel. All it takes is the clever use of light and installing modern roller shades.

This article will reveal how natural light can transform how you look at a room, and how you can utilize it to create the perfect atmosphere in your space.

Light and Mood

The circadian rhythm is a process that regulates a person’s sleep-wake cycle. While the circadian rhythm is natural and inborn, it is set–much like actual clocks–by exposure to natural light in the morning. However, it can be disrupted by light that is too bright at night, especially around a person’s bedtime. 

An irregular circadian rhythm may result in tiredness and poor sleep quality. It may also affect cognitive function and contribute to mood disorders such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). For this reason, it’s important to get plenty of natural light in the morning and to avoid bright lights around bedtime. 

Lighting Colors for Different Effects

The color of light and its saturation can also impact how we feel when entering a room. The different hues that natural and artificial light have can trigger varying reactions in our brains. The intensity of the light can magnify or dampen these emotions.

The most common colors in an indoor space are natural light, blue light, and warm light. Each of these can affect your overall mood.

  • If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up, filling your room with natural light will do nicely. This light taps the brain to produce copious amounts of serotonin to increase your overall happiness.
  • If you need to get in the zone and focus on your tasks, getting something that emits blue light should be on your shopping list. This light also triggers the brain to focus and keeps you alert enough for your tasks.
  • If you want to feel comfortable and relaxed after a rough day at school or work, bathing yourself in warm light will get you in the right mindset. Warm colors from specific light bulbs can help increase serotonin, a hormone that boosts mood and promotes calmness. 
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How to Control Your Room’s Lighting

Now that you understand how lighting affects emotions, the next item on the agenda is learning how to control the kind of lighting that will illuminate a room.

Large windows fill your space with natural light. If a room doesn’t have large windows or otherwise doesn’t get much natural light, installing mirrors helps make it look brighter by magnifying the effect of the light entering the room. Likewise, making sure windows are clean and painting the walls a light color go a long way toward making a dark space look brighter,

For bedrooms and other places where you want to control the amount of light, consider installing roller shades. Stylish and functional, they come in an array of colors and levels of opacity. Room darkening roller shades come in blackout fabric. Meanwhile, dual-shade systems have two kinds of fabric in one roller: one that blocks out light and another that diffuses it.

Control Lighting in Your Home With Roller Shades

Having total control of your room’s lighting can drastically transform how family and friends see your personal space. If you want your room to facilitate a specific mood, you just need to ensure the right amount of light enter it. 

Total Window is the company to call for high-quality shades and window furnishings that meet your room-darkening and -brightening requirements.. Besides an impressive selection of superior window treatments, we also offer installation, integration, and motorization services. Get in touch with us today for a quote.

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