his holiday season, Dwayne Bergmann is focusing on the warming, healing, energizing, inspiring power of light to bring the festivities to life. From strategically placed lighting throughout the home to decorative candles and more, invite the glow into your space for an instant dose of holiday cheer. One of the most magical things about this time of year is the softening of the senses. Ambient light from warming sources like fire seems to set the tone for intimate gatherings and joyful celebrations. Consider your lighting scheme for your upcoming holiday fete.

If like Dwayne, you plan to host a dinner party this holiday season, try switching up your usual centerpiece for one focused on light. Introduce a cluster of candlesticks, candelabras, votives or pillar candles to your table. For round setups, try grouping candles of varying heights in the direct center. Ground them with green foliage like a wreath or branches. For a rectangular table, spread out the display, anchored by a decorative table runner or garland. For a truly romantic feel, seek out vintage candle holders or light refracting crystal to add an elegant touch. This year, matte black takes centerstage as one of the most popular finishes for decorative accessories like taper candlesticks. Soften this look with bright silver baubles and fragrant eucalyptus for a modern holiday table.

Dwayne is a big believer in natural light, always maximizing the available windows in his client’s home. However, he also believes that lighting is the jewelry of the home. Chandeliers and pendants, table lamps and task lights, all have the opportunity to exude the homeowner’s personality and unique style. The holidays are the perfect time to consider switching things up. Wow dinner guests with a dazzling new chandelier over the dining table or upgrade the fixture in your master bath or closet to turn the room into a sanctuary. Pro tip from Dwayne: Set your lighting, wherever possible, on dimmers so you have full control over the brightness depending on the function and occasion.

There’s nothing that says the holidays are here again quite like the warm glow of a fire. While us Southwest Floridians aren’t exactly reaching for the firewood to warm our homes, introducing fire light is a festive way to invite in the holiday cheer. Place unscented standalone candles throughout the home to add a charming touch to every space, making sure there are no potential fire hazards nearby. Planning a renovation? Consider a ventless or electric fireplace to add heatless warmth to your family room, master suite or outdoor oasis. However you choose to light your home this holiday season, there’s no better way to enjoy the glow than surrounded by loved ones.


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