Ambient lighting – the light that fills up a room, though without a glaring source – is a tricky animal to tame. It takes skill, creativity and a little luck to get it in the perfect range that warms a space without overwhelming it.It also helps to know a few little tricks, which we’re going to share with you now.Hidden Light, Diffused Just Right
Ambient light works at its best when it’s diffused, and that can be achieved in a number of different ways. The only rigid requirement is that the light source – the actual bulb or flame – is masked so as to reduce attention-grabbing, mood-killing glare.Wall sconces
are a natural choice, because many designs include shades that completely hide the bulb while still allowing the light to make its mark in the room. But, they’re not the only option …Strips, Strings & Things Light strips, string lights and rope lights
are very versatile options often used to create an ambient lighting effect. You can tuck them under cabinetry, hide them behind furniture and weave them around décor objects to give your knickknacks a soft glow.These kinds of lights are also frequently of the LED variety, which means they’ve got strong staying power and will keep cool to avoid creating a fire hazard – a helpful feature when you're working with this kind of lighting.Ambient Art
Have you ever seen a fancy art frame with affixed lighting that shines directly onto the artwork? Well, you can also create a dramatic effect by backlighting your art.Use the strip lighting described above behind the frames to give your favorite showpieces a halo of ambient light that will bring out the best in your collection.Old-Fashioned Ambience
If all this lighting technology has you pining for the old days, you can still create beautiful ambience with a few candles arranged in holders that bank the flames.Try these ambient lighting tips and you’re sure to enjoy a more subdued and tranquil mood in your home.