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Product Showcase: Dyson

The things that Dyson does

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The things that Dyson does

Fresh, clean, and on top of technology, Dyson Canada continues to bring new products to consumers that are a step above. First it was vacuums, then cordless ones. Now there is lighting, air purifiers, fans, and – wait for it – a curling iron wrapped, not in heat, but in air. All useful, all innovative. For further information on the following products visit the website.


Getting the look without extreme heat

The Dyson Airwrap multi-styler curls, waves, smooths, and dries your hair without excessive heat. And with powerful airflow and controlled heat, you can dry and style your hair from damp at the same time. Featuring multiple attachments, any look is achievable, from bouncy curls to a voluminous blow out.

Intelligent lighting in multiple formats

The Dyson Lightcycle Morph combines versatility and intelligence. One light fixture with four different formats to suit your varying needs – as an indirect, task, feature, or ambient light. Engineered to support well-being, it continually adjusts with your daylight, age, and task to support optimal illumination throughout the day. With Dyson’s heat pipe technology, which draws heat away from LEDs, it maintains light quality for 60 years.

Engineered to deep clean everywhere

The Dyson V11 Absolute cordless vacuum offers powerful Dyson suction power without the hassle of a cord. It intelligently optimizes suction power and run time, sensing and adapting to all floor types, offering up to 60 minutes run time. With different attachments, it’s engineered to deep clean everywhere – from the floor to the ceiling and everywhere in between.

Staying indoors, with cleaner air

The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link is a triple-function unit, featuring year-round air purification, while cooling you in the summer and heating you in the winter. The intelligent air purifier senses particles and gases from the air, such as PM2.5 and NO2, and traps them within its 360˚ sealed filtration system. Set it to auto-mode so it automatically removes pollutants and maintains your target temperature, whatever the season.


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Easy ways to decorate your student dorm room

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Easy ways to decorate your student dorm room


In normal, pre-COVID-19 times, university students spend a lot of time in their dorm rooms, so sooner or later, even the most comfortable environment bores and starts to annoy. A person’s mood much depends on the place where he or she lives, so if you’ve noticed some changes in your mindset and behavior, consider making amendments in your interior. Before you begin, you should ask the corresponding authority permission to change the room because the rules of some colleges and universities prohibit it.

Finding inspiration is also a challenging task, so explore the following student room ideas, select the most appealing ones and make your room look more beautiful.

1. Change the wall color

You may paint the whole room or choose one wall to change its design. If you’re good at painting, you may create a picture on your wall. It may become the perfect background for photoshoots, so be sure that all your neighbors will like it. It’s the easiest way to refresh your room, but it takes time. That’s why we advise you to type in the search query “Help me with my science homework” and find the expert who’ll help you to deal with assignments.

2. Hang up a light string

Stop thinking that this decor is relevant only during Christmas. You may order an RGB diode strip that can change the colors and create a neon light to make your room look more futuristic and modern. Or give preference to calm and light colors that won’t distract the attention.

3. Buy a poster

The image doesn’t matter. It can be your favourite motivational quote, the portrait of a favourite actor, or the poster of the movie. Your task is to fill in some free space on the wall, and the picture is the best way to do it.

4. Place a full-length mirror

It’s not only the cool room decor for college students but also a useful thing. When you’re selecting the outfit for the day, you need to see yourself in full growth to understand whether the clothes match or not. Free some place for it in any part of the room and enjoy this decor.

5. Use an organizer

If you have a lot of stuff and don’t have a place to store it, it’s better to buy an organizer. This item lets you place cosmetics, textbooks, office supplies, jewelry and other little goodies. They are quite cheap and look stylish, so organizers can easily decorate your dorm room.

6.Create a photo wall

You surely have a lot of photos of your family and friends that remind you about the great times. Capture the moment and print them out, who knows what will happen to your phone. Place the photos under your bed in any order to keep these moments in memory.

7. Write a schedule board

If you’re not used to having a planner and mobile apps are also inconvenient, creating a schedule and hanging it over the desk is a great way to keep track of things. Students have lots of duties and work to do, so forgetting about important events is natural. Likewise, many of them forget about their assignments and miss the deadline. If you face such a situation, the best solution is to ask Google, “I need to pay someone to do my homework online,” and use the proposed options.

8. Lay a cosy carpet

Those people who adore sitting on the floor will appreciate this idea. Buy a nice shaggy carpet to make your floor warmer. Having this thing will let you organize the workspace right on the floor. Gather your friends and play games while sitting on the floor, if your bed is too small to accommodate all people.


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Into the light, optimize your outdoor lighting with these four tips

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Into the light, optimize your outdoor lighting with these four tips

Product images courtesy of Dolce Lighting

As homeowners, we take pride in our homes. So, why put all of your efforts to waste by leaving your home in the dark? Outdoor lighting can be used to highlight your home’s architecture, bring depth to the design, and enhance its safety and security. Remember, your home’s exterior makes its first impression. Ensure the outside world is seeing it in the right light, with an outdoor lighting plan.

Now, before you go and get intimidated, know that your outdoor lighting plan can be as simple as a few spotlights, or it can be as complex as a fully integrated and automated lighting system. Budget is as varied as the products on the market. Your only boundary is your (or your designer’s) imagination. Here are my four key tips to get you started.

1 – Choose the focus

Identify the exterior features that you’d like to draw attention to. These are the focal points. Perhaps it’s a water feature, a beautiful tree, or a striking architectural feature. Use lighting to make that special feature “pop.”

Soffit lighting is one of my favourites, and it can have quite a dramatic and beautiful effect. Stretch a row of soffit pot lights across your home’s front facade and along its roof line, placed every few feet apart. To be more cost-efficient, a few pot lights along the sides of the home may be all that’s required.

2 – A different light

Add drama to features or an area of the yard that might not stand out during the day. A simple stone wall can take on a whole new personality at night, when grazed with light and shadow. I love the look of up-lighting a lush tree, or illuminating feature plants in garden beds with a few strategically placed spotlights.

3 – Safety first

Use lighting to enhance your home’s overall function and safety. Feeling around in the dark is not ideal – especially when there are products now to reduce the risk of injury by illuminating stairways and the footpaths, the front entrance, the garage/driveway and deck areas.

Another safety benefit is your home’s security. Having well-lit front and rear entrances, garage, and windows can help deter unwelcome visitors.

TIP – Be sure to view your outdoor lighting from a few perspectives within the home. The last thing you want is a spotlight blinding you as you open the front door, or gaze out your kitchen window. Doing this will ensure there are no glaring errors, pun intended.

4 – Layered lighting

Similar to your indoor lighting plan, your exterior lights should be layered and include a combination of ambient, task and decorative lights. Where do you congregate, socialize and relax? Do you barbecue by evening, or tinker in the garage late into the night? What type of lighting would best accommodate your use of the outdoors?

A detailed lighting plan will bring function, balance and depth to your home, and help you rediscover one of its best features – the outdoors. Look to lighting stores and talk to experts to familiarize yourself with the right products you will need to gear up for a beautiful spring and summer season ahead. Put your outdoor lighting plan into action as it will be the easiest and most cost-effective upgrade with the biggest impact.

All lighitng products are available at Dolce Lighting

Andrea Colman is Principal of Fine Finishes Design Inc. With almost two decades of renovation and design experience, her full-service firm services clientele throughout the GTA. The growing boutique design firm is known for creating stylish, harmonious, livable environments finefinishes.ca


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Getting the most out of your lighting

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Getting the most out of your lighting

Lighting can have a major impact on the look and feel of your home. While lighting obviously has a function and purpose, it can also become a great feature in your home to highlight focal points and create ambiance.

To create a successful lighting plan for your renovation you need to consider a layered approach. By layering lighting in a space, you are able to create the flexibility of different vibes and functions. However, to do so you need to have a general understanding of the four basic categories of lighting: ambient, task, accent and decorative.

Ambient lighting illuminates any given space and permits an ease of mobility throughout a room. Task lighting, as seems obvious, affords you additional lighting in specific areas devoted to a particular task or function. Accent lighting can be used to highlight artwork, decor or perhaps architectural features within a space; it can be a great way to highlight a focal point in a room. Finally, we have decorative lighting, which is simply an accessory to your room, or the finishing touch. However, another source of lighting that should not be dismissed in design is natural light. It’s the most inexpensive, environmentally friendly and sought-after form of light available. Many new condo and home builds today are being designed and constructed with wonderfully large window features that allow for maximum natural light even in small spaces. Natural light not only services the functional aspect of light in design, it also helps to create a warm and inviting aesthetic for your home.

In most renovations today we find that recessed pot lights are the go-to option when looking to upgrade lighting in a home. However, for condo-dwellers this is not necessarily feasible as ceilings are mostly concrete. When looking to renovate your condo there are some ceiling details that may allow you to add pot lights. If your ceiling height permits, such features as a tray ceiling or a coffered ceiling can be a nice way to not only add interest to your space, but also provide the space required to add recessed pot lighting. If this is not an option for you, consider the addition of track lighting. The track lighting systems on the market today have a far more upscale look to them, with many more size and style options than we have previously seen, while being far more user-friendly for the condo environment.

Whatever your lighting inspiration, be sure to pay adequate attention to your lighting plan and needs so that you not only create a space that is safe and functional but use light to create a warm and inviting ambiance in your home.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.



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Get cooking, The recipe for a fabulous and functional kitchen

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Get cooking, The recipe for a fabulous and functional kitchen

Photography by Stephani Buchman

When it comes to dream home designs, a fabulous kitchen always tops my clients’ must-have list. The kitchen is, by far, the hardest-working room in the home. It’s used multiple times a day, for a variety of tasks from cooking and dining, to homework and entertaining. Needless to say, it has to be functional. Kitchens also yield the best return on your investment in terms of resale value.

For these homeowners, the kitchen design project began with a simple request: function. This family with two busy boys and a hectic lifestyle were in need of some order in the form of flow and storage and we added some style for good measure.

Kitchen challenges

Right off the bat, there were some obstacles to address. The kitchen was dark, dated and very orange. The cooking area was closed off, which made it impossible to watch the boys while tending to kitchen chores – and let’s face it, parents with young kids spend a disproportionately large amount of time in the kitchen. We removed the wall to the living room to open sight lines and improve flow.

This kitchen was burdened by a big bulkhead between the cooking and eating area, which housed a beam from a previous renovation. We were also faced with a large, irregular height island, very limited wall storage, virtually no upper cabinets, two odd little windows, and an awkwardly positioned refrigerator that obviously ignored the “golden triangle” theory.

Despite its flaws, this kitchen had some good bones that laid the groundwork for a stunning, fully functional hub of the home.

“A custom built-in banquette becomes the perfect setting for meals, homework and crafts.”

Footprint improvements

We began the transformation by re-jigging the kitchen’s footprint. Admittedly, this isn’t always what a client wants to hear, as re-routing electrical and plumbing come at a somewhat hefty cost. But ultimately, most people will also agree that the functional lift you’ll see from a more efficient kitchen footprint is worth the expense. By changing the floor plan, we improved flow, closed off the two windows, and added a cooktop with an efficient range-hood insert.

The placement of the fridge was also problematic, so we recommended relocating it to an area that offered more open access. The homeowners were surprised and delighted with the suggestion, and ultimately this small move was a game-changer for how they now use the kitchen.

Embrace custom features

“Custom” is another word that puts the scare in budget-minded clients, but custom cabinets can be found in a range of materials, colours, finishes and price points, and they’re generally a worthwhile investment in the name of function. Custom kitchen cabinets in this space allowed us to amp up the storage capacity, which in turn opened up the rest of the space and made it that much more functional.

A custom built-in banquette becomes the perfect setting for meals, homework and crafts. We selected a durable vinyl for the seat with a small-print fabric for the back, which makes it feel cosier all around. Toss cushions add comfort and colour. Storage underneath is a perfect hideaway.

Fixtures and finishes

Beyond function, esthetics always play a vital role in good design. The kitchen cabinets offer a dark, almost-black look, which contrasts beautifully with the unlacquered brass pulls. The brass kitchen faucet by Rubinet adds sparkle with the added local bonus as they are made here in Canada.

We added some character and warmth with the walnut bar cabinet, which also serves to conceal a support post for the beam above. This provided a clever solution to hide this unsightly structural element.

Brass architectural mesh on the cabinet doors allow ventilation for the coffee machine situated inside, as well as quartz counter inside to protect the cabinet from coffee spills.

Unique brass brackets for the counter overhang add character, while the cognac leather stools are a rich complement to the dark-coloured island.

Easy, breezy style

A farmhouse sink and square subway tile keep the space feeling relaxed and much to the homeowners’ delight, make it easy to keep clean. After all, isn’t low-to-no-maintenance the ultimate in “function?”

The homeowners love their new kitchen and marvel at how much simpler their day-to-day life is post-renovation. A little function goes a long way.

Designer Rebecca Hay is principal of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc., a Toronto-based Design firm specializing in classically livable family homes. Offering complete decorating and renovating services for over a decade, Rebecca and her team manage all of the details from start to finish. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca is an active YouTuber, you can also follow her daily design adventures on Instagram. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto, Muskoka and throughout Canada. RebeccaHayDesigns.com

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DESIGN: The Basics of Lighting

The basics of lighting

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The basics of lighting

The excitement of starting a design project in your home can often find you getting caught up in the details of colours, furnishings and finishes. These are all obviously of great importance to the overall aesthetics of our space, however, equally or quite often even more importantly is lighting. Light is a vital element of any good design. Good lighting will enhance any space. However, great lighting can elevate it.

For your lighting plan to be a success you need to consider a layered approach to your lighting. Layering your lighting is advantageous as it enables you the flexibility of creating different vibes and functions within a given space. There are four basic categories of lighting layers to be aware of: Ambient, Task, Accent and Decorative.

Ambient lighting illuminates a space and allows you an ease of mobility throughout a room. Task lighting, as seems obvious, affords you added lighting in a specific area devoted to a particular task or function. Accent lighting can be used to highlight artwork, decor or perhaps architectural features within a space. Finally there’s decorative lighting, the fourth layer of illumination, which simply is an accessory to your room, or the finishing touch.

Another source of light that should never be forgotten in design is natural light, what I like to consider to be a fifth layer of lighting. Natural light is the most inexpensive and environmentally friendly light available. Many new condo and home builds today are being constructed with wonderfully large window features that allow for maximum natural light, even in smaller spaces. Not only does this feature provide you with great source of natural light as well as a wonderful view, it also helps to create the illusion of a larger rather elevated space.

Here are a few design tips to get you started:

  • Work with a reputable lighting store when purchasing your lighting, and spend some time inquiring about the various types of lighting that are currently available. With the recent developments in LED lighting there is far more available than you may be aware of.
  • Incorporate a different style of light in to your space, something a bit modern in a more traditional environment or a beautiful crystal chandelier paired with a rustic farmhouse table.
  • The general rule for an eight-ft. ceiling height is that a chandelier should be hung approximately 29 to 33 inches above a dining table; for each added foot of ceiling height increase by three inches.
  • Recessed pot lights are a lovely addition in a room, however, be sure to add the proper amount; too many can be overwhelming and appear messy on your ceiling. If you reside in a condo, pot lights may be restricted. Consider the addition of track lighting in this case; there are many great track light systems on the market now that have a very high-end look to them and are far more user-friendly for a condo environment.
  • Use dimmer switches where possible. Not only can it reduce your electrical usage, but it also adds to the ambience of a room.
Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.



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Lighting: Debunking the LED

Lighting – debunking the LED

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Lighting – debunking the LED

Photos courtesy of Living Lighting Etobicoke-Kingsway

The world of lighting has been changing drastically in the past several years. It used to be we had a few products to select from, some better for certain applications than others, and as long as we addressed the basic principles of lighting we should be safe in our lighting design. However, the technology that had moved at a bit of snails-pace started to rapidly increase and we are finding ourselves reaching a point where the traditional incandescent bulb will soon be a thing of the past with, amongst others, the LED bulb taking centre stage.

The LED bulb, or light emitting diode, has graced us with its presence for several years now.

This is a bulb that functions differently than the conventional incandescent. In the LED bulb, electrical currents pass through tiny microchips, illuminating the tiny light sources referred to as “LEDs” … the result is visible light. To prevent performance issues, the heat LEDs produce is absorbed into a heat sink.

LED bulbs are definitely different in many ways when compared with incandescent. The LED bulb does not actually “burn out”. In the case of LED lighting, they will experience a lumen depreciation in lieu of the burn out effect; meaning the brightness of the LED simply dims slowly over time. The “lifetime” of the LED bulb, therefore, is recognized when the light output is decreased by about 30 percent. However, that said, many LED bulbs have a life expectancy of up to 50,000 hours; longer than the typical incandescent. Another major difference between these bulbs would definitely be their energy output. With incandescent bulbs, light productions involves generating a lot heat as the filament needs to be warmed; this is wasted energy as a large portion of this electricity is not actually producing any visible light. Based on this process, as the LED bulb functions in a different fashion, it also generates very little heat, whereby a higher percentage of the electricity required goes directly to the production of light… therefore “energy efficient” as it will consume one-sixth the energy of incandescent bulbs and can last up to twenty-five times longer.

This is definitely a fantastic and important factor, in our world today. However, let’s face it LED lighting is not necessarily a favourite of many. Between the too bright, too white, too cool and the undimmable factor, the LED had a rough start on the market.

Too bright…

Many believe that the wattage of a bulb is an indication of the brightness of light, but in actuality, it is a measure of the volume of energy the bulb draws. With incandescents, we have accepted a general correlation between watts and brightness. However, with LEDs it’s not quite the same as they are designed to draw less energy and therefore simply don’t equate; as a 60w incandescent is approximately an 8-12 watt LED. The best way to determine the light output is to work in a measurement of lumens, the accurate measurement of brightness a light bulb can provide.

Too white, too cool…

After a bit of a rough start with the colour of the basic LED bulb, which was drastically different than customary warm, yellowish light the years of incandescent gave us, we are now able to select from several options of white LED lighting. Warm white and soft white will give us a yellowy hue similar to that of an incandescent. The bright white LED bulbs will produce a much “whiter” light more similar to daylight. Technically speaking, light colour or colour temperature is measured in kelvins. The lower the number the warmer the light will be. The incandescent bulb lies somewhere between 2700k and 3500k, so to achieve a similar warmth or colour of light a 3000k LED would be a wise choice, instead of a 4000k, a definitely brighter and whiter light.


There have been many issues with dimming LED lights, or even the inconsistency of the dimmability of LEDs. When retrofitting lighting, you need to remember that LED bulbs have a low electrical load, often lower than typical dimmers which are still designed for tungsten loads that are rated at 250w to 400w. It’s best to simply just use dimmers that have been specifically designed for LED loads, and in the case of smart home technology attention should be paid to ensuring the compatibility of the LED dimmers with that of the specific supplier. Sadly, an equal balance of consistent dimming is often extremely difficult to achieve. It’s never a good idea to mix different manufacturers on the same dimming circuit as every LED can have its own circuitry design and the dimmer may not be able to provide a consistent signal to each light source; resulting in flickering, humming and annoyance. The short of it is… to really avoid any issues should they occur the best would be to change all the bulbs on that particular circuit preventing any chance of inconsistency. This can be rather expensive, but chances are it will eliminate any issues until such time that technological progress perfects the “ghosts” of the LED bulbs.

Becoming more familiar with the LED bulb will hopefully put to rest the loss of the incandescent that so many of us will mourn. The LED is a different entity and needs to be realized as such, so instead of fighting the change, embrace it and move forward knowing that the LED will light the way for the future.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.



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BIG STYLE, SMALL SPACES: Finishing Touches

Tips to help you choose your new home finishes

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Tips to help you choose your new home finishes

Once you’ve figured out your home’s style, the rest comes pretty naturally – including picking the right finishes for your house, inside and out. Here are a few tips on helping you decide which way you’re leaning towards when choosing the right finish for you.


I say this with everything related to home decor and design, but it bears repeating: Take your time and don’t rush through any decision. It can become paralyzing when you think about everything you need to do – including picking every finish for every room – so know that you don’t have to replace every door knob and every hinge in a week. Slow it down and take your time, and move from room-to-room. That way you know you’re making an informed decision and will end up with a look you love. Trust me when I say you will appreciate the process of making the right choices.


Choosing the lighting fixtures for the house is one of the many details you need to plan when decorating a new space, but to make the decisions more manageable, I’ve broken a home down room-by-room to share some suggestions.

• Entryway: The right lighting for an entryway is critical because it sets the mood and it can make your home look very inviting. A large lamp or chandelier can be lovely. If you have nice artwork displayed on your walls, accent lights can help to enhance their inherent beauty.

• Living room: Used as a place to relax as well as entertain, you will need to figure out the right balance in this space because this room is used quite often. There certainly are plenty of lighting options to choose from, like pendant lamps, chandeliers, floor lamps or sconces, so do a little gut check and remind yourself what your home’s overall style is and choose the lighting fixture that best compliments that. Also, don’t forget a dimmer switch. That truly makes all the difference.

• Dining room: I think this might be the easiest room to light primarily because you have the dining table as the main focal point in the room, so that means one thing: chandelier. Although pendant lights have also been gaining momentum, so again it goes back to your own personal style. Consider adding a task lamp or accent lights, too, if you wish to spotlight a certain feature in the room.

• Kitchen: Because there isn’t a single focal point in the room, it requires a more complex lighting system because of all the lighting the space requires. You’ll need overhead lights for your basic kitchen tasks, but you will also need extra lighting for areas like over a kitchen island or over the sink. I think spotlights and pendant lights both work here.

• Bedroom: Warm, warm, warm is the name of the lighting game here – you want your bedroom respite to feel restful and relaxing. Typically task lighting is used on bedside tables, but you can have beautiful sconces as well. Accent lights could be an option, depending on what you have on your walls, and I’d also use a dimmer switch here. It’s all about ambiance!

Lisa Rogers is the exclusive interior designer for Dunpar Homes.

Lisa has shared her style and design expertise on popular television programs, such as Canadian Living TV, House & Home TV and The Shopping Channel.

Lisa is one of the most familiar faces on CityTV’s Cityline as a regular guest expert for fashion and image, health and wellness and interior design.


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Design Expert: Mood Makers

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Design Expert: Mood Makers

How colour and decor styles can change the feeling in a space

A home’s decor affects your mood. Why do you sit up so straight in some rooms and feel like you can put your feet up in others? Some of that has to do with furniture but mainly, colour and lighting create the mood in your home. Dimmers allow you to control and alter the mood in a space.


People often refer to deep colours being “dark,” however, dark really refers to the amount of light in a room vs. the colour on the walls. When the wall colour is deep and rich, it absorbs more light than colours like white or light pastels. The more light absorbed, the more we feel a sense of sonority and sombreness in the room. We refer to moods as “beaming with happiness,” or feeling “bright, up and happy,” all of which use “light” to describe mood. Conversely, we talk of “dark times” feeling “gloomy” or travelling with a “dark cloud.” The combination of paint colour, the quantity of light and the colour of the light can create feelings from danger to productivity, medical sterility to romance, intimacy and safety.


Have you ever wondered why most homes have white ceilings, warmer coloured walls and darker hardwood floors? This combination is the one that makes people feel most comfortable. It’s the same combination as the sky, the trees and the earth, as you walk through a forest. Once you know that rule, you can start to play with it by having painted ceilings, light-wood floors, etc. These combinations change the mood of the room because it is different than normal. Very deep colours on the walls also create a feeling of intimacy and sonority because the walls feel closer to you. The deep colours absorb most of the light. Without getting into the physics, the room feels more like “night” and we lose our ability to fully determine the dimensions of the room.


In order to play with mood, we adjust the amount of light and the light’s colour temperature. We are all now familiar with the labels on light bulbs that say “warm white, soft white, daylight” etc. These words refer to the colour temperature measured in “degrees Kelvin” All you really need to know is that the lower the number, the “warmer” the colour. 2700-3000 is normal residential light while 5000K is more suited to jewelry stores and museums. The warmer the light the more like a “candle” it is. If the lighting is low, the more intimate the room feels. A kitchen, for example, needs to go from “meal preparation work space” to “romantic dinner date.” This is why most designers insist on dimmers everywhere. The dimmers allow you to alter the mood, by altering the light.

Everyone has a slightly different response to colour and light. It’s important you organize the lighting plan for your home to make sure there is light on every square foot of the floor, and then you can play with the mood to suit the people in the room.


The light and wall colour also allow us to feature works of art that adorn the walls. A white wall with white painting is very subtle, while a black painting on a white wall is very dramatic. The lighting plan allows you to feature the art in the room by adding specific “art lights.” Essentially, the lighting plan tells people entering the room where to look first by providing that element with more light. The featured art or sculpture also affects the mood of the room. Think about your mood when you look at art that is bright coloured and “cartoon-like” vs. a battlefield as night falls. Art is an expression of the artist to evoke a feeling or mood.

You can play with colour, art accessories and light level throughout the year and stay in control of the mood your home evokes. If nature is affecting your mood outside, you can control your mood once you come inside!

Extensive experience in residential, commercial and hospitality design. Principal of design firm Grafus Design Build, Glen Peloso is frequently in the media as design expert on the Marilyn Denis Show, and CHCH Morning Live, a contributor to Global Morning News, Breakfast Television Toronto, past series with HGTV and the Food Network, along with Radio and Blogs. Reporting on design trends from around the world, his work has been featured in various print publications throughout North America. Twitter: glenpeloso Instagram: glenpelosodesigner


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A “Bright” Idea for Your Backyard

A “Bright” Idea for Your Backyard

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A “Bright” Idea for Your Backyard

When it comes to enjoying your outdoor living space after the sun goes down, lighting is key.

One of the hottest trends – literally – for 2018 is the incorporation of warming features into outdoor spaces. From fire pits to decorative wall sconces, products that lend physical and ambient warmth are one of the most popular additions to any outdoor living area.

By incorporating a few different outdoor lighting accessories, you can create a perfectly curated – and adjustable – atmosphere for any setting or gathering. Simply choose which outdoor elements to highlight, and it’s easy to completely change the look of your outdoor living space without moving a single piece of furniture. Here are five easy and affordable outdoor lighting options to match the style of any backyard retreat.

Decorative Candles

Candles provide effortless décor to create a distinctive mood. Pair different shapes and sizes to create a soft glow. Swap out new colors and styles for a seasonal or holiday theme, or just to switch it up. Flower-shaped candles floating in a bowl can serve as an elegant centerpiece for an outdoor party.

Deck Lighting

Deck lighting takes sophistication and subtlety to a whole new level, illuminating your space at night and seamlessly blending into your deck during the day. For an easy DIY option, Trex Deck Lighting can be installed in a new or existing deck. It’s also energy efficient, dimmable and cool to the touch, making the fixtures safe for children and pets.

Tiki Torches

Tiki torches are a festive way to light up your outdoor space. Line them along the perimeter of your backyard or pathways to transform your space into a tropical paradise. To prevent the tiki torches from falling over, quick-set cement them into terra cotta planters or aluminum buckets. This also will make them easier to move and store.

Twinkle Lights

Not just for weddings and the holidays anymore, twinkle lights add charm and a lot of fun. All styles offer the flexibility of year round use and pair gorgeously with any outdoor décor. Twinkle lights can be hung in several creative spots, including under a patio umbrella, around a tree or strung around the perimeter of a gazebo or pergola.

Landscape Lighting

Perfect for showing off your favorite flowers, shrubs or architectural features or lighting up walkways – landscape lighting can take your outdoor space from invisible to inviting. Steer clear of the dreaded, garish corner spotlight, and instead install a mix of lighting features, such as path lights to brighten walkways, well lights to illuminate foliage and small structures or multifunction lights that cast a wide glow to add warmth to your garden or trees.


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