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Lighting plays a significant role in any successful event. It might not seem as relevant as setting the theme or providing fantastic catering, but it is critical at conveying just the right ambience.

But how exactly does lighting set the mood, and what can you accomplish with your lighting choices? Let’s have a look at some of our tips that make lighting perfect every single time:

Lighting and Décor — A Perfect Pair

When choosing your lighting options, think of it in terms of décor. The two need to be able to complement each other to set the tone you want. The overall theme dictates the direction you want to go. For example, for a Winter Wonderland style of event, you’ll be looking at icy cool colors that evoke a snowy atmosphere, such as whites and blues.

Gobo Lighting as Décor

Gobo lights can fit perfectly into an event as both an element of lighting and décor. They are a patterned beams of light that can project any shape onto ceilings, floors, and walls. Gobos are great for adding a dynamic touch to your event’s lighting and can be used in a variety of ways. Added decoration, funky designs, or showcasing a brand’s logo — the options are endless.

Painted Wall Effect

One smart lighting and décor trick is creating the effect of a painted wall using a few lighting elements. Gobo lights will play an instrumental role here, but if you want the painted wall effect, you should keep them stationary. All you need is to project a beautiful, colorful pattern onto some light white drapes, and the outcome will be stunning!

Lighting Placement

You have to place the lighting strategically, depending on the key spots you wish to spotlight. Which parts of the venue are going to be instrumental in conveying the atmosphere and eliciting a “wow” reaction from the attendees? Furthermore, it’s also important to direct your lighting to where most of the action will be taking place. A smart lighting placement also ensures that your guests can clearly see your lighting designs.

Setting the Tone and Mood

To come up with a plan of how to use lighting to set the mood, you’ll need to get yourself acquainted with the venue and space where you’ll be working. It’s not always an easy thing to get right, but lighting will be the most important element of conveying the feeling and atmosphere for your event. That’s why it’s essential that we work closely with our clients to set the right tone.

Now that you know how lighting can set the mood and create just the right environment for your event, its importance becomes clear. Always think of lighting in terms of decor and make sure it’s optimally placed so the guests can enjoy it.

Need help planning lighting at your next corporate party? We are lighting experts and offer a one hour FREE consultation at Bright Ideas Events. We’ll be happy to share our “bright ideas” with you!


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