Yes, that time of the year where we at 4 o’clock start thinking about bedtime since it is getting dark so early. But maybe we can embrace and enjoy these ‘cosy’ moments by bringing in light to the house that we don’t get enough of from outside.

In Denmark we take the light very serious, since the winters can otherwise be very long and sad. So, the interior of a house is often catered for these dark months. Example: my house has light simple furniture, beige curtains, simple lights with low light bulb, not much on the walls. Since that all add to a brighter atmosphere inside.

Benefits of light:

  • A way of bringing people together – garter around light like moths!
  • Makes us feel happy, good and positive when exposed to light.
  • Light helps to make the winter cosy by creating the right light and atmosphere.
  • I guess we can see it as a way of mentally survive the long, cold dark days – in order not to raise a nation of sad people

Some tips to how you can bring more light into your home:

  1. Fairy lights, candles, and other ambient light sources around the house. You can even have them outside so when you come home, and it might be dark already it is welcoming and brighten the darkness outside.
  2. Light outside: I really like to have small energy light outside my house. This way I am not just looking out in the darkness but can see small cosy lit areas. Make sure they are not big bright projectors, but small dim lights.
  3. Pick lighter colour around the house: it doesn’t have to be much. A white or beige blanket over the chair or sofa. A light tablecloth. Lighter cushions etc. Every little thing helps
  4. The same goes with the flooring. Try to have bright rugs where you otherwise might have dark floor.
  5. Embrace white empty walls: we really don’t have to have the walls covered in pictures or dark colours. Try to have more ‘bare and simple’ walls and you will find it brings out the brightness in the room.
  6. Get rid of dust: I guess that is obvious, but having dirty windows really block out any little light there might be outside.
  7. It also helps to have light beige curtains or non as they do in Holland
  8. Last but not least, work on the indoor lighting: your lights should aim on the wall or ceiling, not you or the object. Have low light bulbs in the area where you want to sit and chat and relax. Natural candles can really brighten a dark wintertime. Try to dim the light over the dinner table and add a few real candles.

Music in your home can affect the mood too: If we feel the dark evenings are putting us in a low mood than music can change that. Choose a music that you and your family like, make you happy and chilled. I like classical music, something calm and not too wild. When my kids were small, we like to add a bit of music to the dinner table to focus on and enjoy. Sometimes we would sit in silence and eat and listen to the music. Other times we would chat about the day, But a bit of music in the background can really brighten up the evening.

Have a Merry Christmas

Mette Theilmann


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