- Over half of us Brits are feeling down because of the longer darker evenings
- Over 48% of people said they were spending less than four hours a week outside
New research recently revealed that a lack of daylight impacts how we go about our day-to-day lives.
Over half of us Brits are feeling depressed by the long, dark evenings. Over 48% of people said they were spending less than four hours a week outside in the daytime - with a similar percentage of 16 to 34-year-olds claiming to see no daylight at all, according to a survey out today by home enhancement retailer Homebase.
The winter months see us hibernating in our homes, with the results showing 70% of us opt out of venturing out because the lack of light makes us feel unmotivated; instead we prefer to snuggle up indoors, with 90 per cent of us taking comfort in watching TV to pass the time.
“The home is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life, as it is where they relax and unwind. So it’s important to create an area that is light, fresh and airy to help you keep your mood up during the winter months,’’ says Joanna Bolt, Head of Trends for Homebase. “We want to help Brits get their spirits up by brightening up their home with the clever use of gorgeous paint colours, interior lighting and soft furnishings. Making homes across the nation a happy place to live in!”
The research also revealed how dark nights seem to impact women’s social lives twice as much compared to men. A third of women prefer a cosy night in on the sofa to venturing outside, whilst only 18% of men would choose a night in over a social outing with friends. However, despite our reluctance to go outside, the desire meet with friends during winter is still high, as 60% of us socialise as much as we do in the summer.
It seems then, that we’re happy being with friends and family this winter, as long as it’s in the cosy comfort of our own homes. With this in mind, Joanna Bolt offers some top tips on home lighting this winter, whether it is for your own comfort or for hosting guests:
Light up your home & mood: Tips to lighten-up your home this winter
- First impressions count - Porch lighting is always important as it is the first area you walk into. Look at using a large mirror on one of the side walls - as this will bounce what light you have around the area and can make the space appear bigger and brighter.
- Lights, lights and more lights – Floor, pendant and table lamps are perfect for creating the mood to suit the occasion, whether you’re relaxing for the evening or having a social gathering. Not only are they for creating pools of light in dark areas in your room, but also create widespread bright light, and can be romantically dimmed.
- Warm paint colours for your walls and soft furnishings - Try using colours like duck egg blue, dusky pinks and muted lavenders to bring back the summer into the home. These fresh shades will lift moods and instantly take the chill off cold winter nights.
- Highlight you home’s features - For highlighting certain features within the home, such as photographs, ornaments and plants - try using wall lights, up lighters or picture lights.
- Bring the outside in - Flowers can really brighten the mood – so why not bring fresh flowers into the kitchen, bedroom or living-room to brighten up a coffee table or dressing table – it will have the smell of summer and have you thinking ahead to spring!
- Lighting for the eye - When buying bedroom lights, think carefully about your requirements. If you read a lot consider buying a double wall light or spot light to fit above the bed so light source is easy for you to read. Consider touch table lamps for bedside cabinets which allow you to vary the level of lighting by just touching the table lamp.
- Shining light for bathrooms - When buying bathroom lights, consider getting lights with a more opal effect glass as this always provided a softer light. Glass is more effective in bathrooms as it won’t deteriorate in the humid conditions. It’s also important to consider buying an illuminated bathroom mirror to ensure you have enough light output in your bathroom for shaving or make up application.
- Keep your garden growing - Winter doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the great outdoors. Make use of winter flourishing plants and potting plants ensuring that your garden remains vibrant throughout the frosty winter months.