How can I incorporate light into a gift this holiday season?
As pictured above, I wanted to create a gift of light that could become a centerpiece or seasonal decoration. I used different sizes of glass blocks, strings of battery-operated LED cool white lights, several kinds of seasonal ribbon and beads, and some translucent decorations. I slowly dropped the ribbon, beads, and LED lights through the hole in the glass block, alternating layers of each, until the block was full. Then, I glued additional decorative elements to the sides of the block. When lit, the blocks sparkle and glow. What I like best about this design is that it can easily be adapted to any color scheme, theme, or style, simply by changing what accompanies the LED lights inside the block.
What are some new trends in lighting my home for the holidays?
A wonderful impact can be achieved through “up-lighting” the exterior of the home, trees, or other landscape features. Use directional landscape lighting to cast a beam upwards at a dramatic angle, playing with light and shadow. Your lighting professional can provide you with a variety of colored bulbs or lenses to express your holiday spirit. But, keep the palette simple; single or two-color schemes make a classy, retro statement.
With the invention of the battery-operated LED, there are endless new ways to add decorative holiday lighting the inside your home. This technology eliminates the need for a wall outlet or novel ways to hide unsightly cords. Light can now emanate effortlessly from table- top centerpieces, houseplants, vases, alcoves, and other seasonal decorations. An illuminated tree can be placed in the center of a room. Strings of LED ribbon can even be used to wrap packages. LED lights now come in a wide spectrum of colors, in cold to warm tones, allowing you to choose the specific glow that you desire.
What fixture should I consider changing first to make the most impact for the holiday season?
If you are expecting company, you might consider replacing the dining room fixture. There are some incredible new styles in crystal and metal that are changing the traditional image of the dining room chandelier. Think about where your guests are going to spend the most time together and be certain that your lighting is ready to impress.