My husband showed me this awesome picture that one of our friends sent him (thanks for the inspiration Ian!). It’s a solar energy fuelled garden mirror that reflects the sun into your home. Such a brilliant idea!
I’m sure most of you have noticed the difference in feeling in a room that is dark and gloomy, and a room that is bathing in natural light. Walking into a sunlit room always makes me smile. It just feels better. Maybe it’s because we actually need sunlight for our survival? Without the sun we can not live, it’s as simple as that. Growing up in Sweden where it’s dark for half the year and then very light for the other half, I’ve certainly noticed the difference in how I felt. Even now living in Sydney I notice how much easier it is to get up in the morning now that the light is returning.
So no wonder that lighting and natural light in a home is such an important aspect of the atmosphere.
If you don’t have enough natural light in your home, using artificial lighting in the form of various lamps will certainly make a difference for the ambiance. It might not have an effect on your health in the way that the sun does, and it certainly will help you feel more at home and happier.
You can of course also use light to create certain moods for certain occasions. I find that at night, especially in winter, I really enjoy candle light. It’s softer on the eyes and it has that cosy feeling, well it does for me anyway. And who can avoid being mesmerised and lose themselves at least a little while staring into an open fire?
Take a look at the light sources around you and notice how you feel in that space. Happy? Lighthearted? Heavy? Gloomy?
If you find that you feel uncomfortable at your desk for expamle, look at the lighting situation around you. In many modern offices lighting is actually appalling! Most of the light is coming from fluorescent lights that sit high above your head, and sometimes even shine you in the eyes. It’s also possible to be affected by too much, too bright daylight coming in through the windows. With the overhead lights and sunlight from windows, the best that you can sometimes do is move your desk a little. If that doesn’t work, ask if you can have the light moved, or if you can put some blinds or curtains up in the window. If lighting at your desk is not sufficient, that is much easier to rectify. Get an appropriate table lamp, and problem solved.
I encourage you to take a look around you, really look at the light where you spend your time. What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? And what can you do to make it a way that you like and that serves you?
Happy Feng Shui Friday!
PS. For those of you who like the solar powered garden mirror idea, check out the Home Heliostat via the link below: