Simple and Effective ways to create ambience in any room of your choosing
Ambience is important in a home, as it creates atmosphere and gives soul to every space, from bathrooms through to living rooms. Whether it’s adding texture through curtains or a pendent light from Vinci Living, providing an ambient experience in your home doesn’t have to be difficult – or expensive! Below are some simple and effective ways you can create ambience in just about any room you choose.
The Art of Lighting
Lighting can directly affect the mood of a room, so it’s a great place to start when trying to create ambience for spaces in your home. You’ll find lighting solutions everywhere, from a beautiful pendent to draw in people’s attention, to a traditional chandelier to provoke the feeling of utter luxury – there is something for everyone, and every room. Mood lighting, such as dimmable switches are also perfect for bedrooms or bathrooms where you want to create a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere.
Colour and Texture
Colour and texture can have a huge influence on a home’s natural ambience. If you’re not up for repainting an entire space, and if the wall colour is fairly neutral to begin with, use accessories. Add cushions, towels or curtains in shades of brown or cream, as the colours and the soft materials will take the edge off, making it more welcoming. Team them with accents of natural colour tones like greens, yellows or oranges, and natural materials like wicker baskets or beeswax candles to create an ambient-rich experience.
The more clutter in a room, the less relaxed you’re going to feel in it. Simple really. Get rid of all unnecessary items and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can redefine a space. Wall décor is a big one as it’s easy to get carried away with family photos of the great aunts and uncles, but honestly, do you really need to display a picture of everyone? Try to limit yourself to a few smaller items, or one large item, on each wall. Also try to keep all benches and table space free from piles of ‘stuff’. Keep surfaces clean, and all furniture and accessories straight and tidy – the atmosphere of the space will be completely transformed!
Pieces of You
Including some of your favourite items or nick-knacks is a great way to create ambience in a space, as nothing makes you feel more comfortable than the things you’re most comfortable with! Framed photos, an old clock, a vase of flowers – and the best thing about these items is that they’re easy and cost-effective to include in just about any space in your home. Try to stick to a theme though, and have all items tied together with a common link or base, as too much difference will create confusion rather than promote ambience.
It doesn’t matter how high- or low-end your home is, without ambience, rooms are never going to feel quite ‘right’ to be in. They will lack comfort and heart, and no one feels relaxed in a space that is cold, confusing or overwhelming. Remember that simple, natural, and soft touches are the way to go for any room when creating ambience.
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