Light and Shadow

Recently, I decided to change over the out dated light pendants in my home from the previous owner to something more my style. How hard could it be? Just find a design I like, which is also in my price range. I’m not fussy. While there are thousands of designs out there I wasn’t going to agonise, “which one am I going to buy?”

My plan was to go in, follow my heart and allow my intuition to guide me. I’d know if it’s the right light for me or not, because of a gut feeling. Even though I walked in and was slightly overwhelmed by the variety of choices I still managed to make a few decisions, made easier as I was combining a ceiling fan with a light.

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Then I hit a wall.

All because the sale assistant pointed out how I needed to take in to account the hanging length and where the shadows would fall. This stopped me in my tracks.

Shadows? But I’m buying a light, there won’t be any shadows. It wasn’t something I’d considered and it meant the pendant lights I’d fallen in love with weren’t suitable. Now, it seems obvious this is something I should’ve thought about. I was changing a frosted glass pendant for one that was solid and so would cast shadows on the ceiling, or my cupboards depending on how high I could hang it. I just hadn’t thought it through enough. Lucky the lady spoke up.

It got me thinking about how light pushes the shadows away, but there are constraints with this and while I might try to bring parts of my life out of the shadows for reflection, the area of light I bring it into may not be as large or bright as I’d have anticipated. Even in the light things aren’t what they seem and perspectives can still be overlooked or simply not seen.

I left the light shop with no pendants and my mind thinking of light and shadows, what will work and how the hell did this task get so complicated, especially when I didn’t have the time or head space for this. The task was meant to be straight forward, easy and fun and a cheaper way to make my home mine. I was rather pensive at how a simple task could be more involved and would take more energy I had planned to give. But it’s important. It comes back to light and dark. I don’t want shadows in my home, and I don’t want too much bright light, and I want beautiful pendants to feature in my rooms. I thought about the balance I wanted in my home and where I’d be comfortable for the shadows to fall so they wouldn’t hinder my lifestyle – because I came to the conclusion I’d needed some shadows so as not to be blinded by the light. I didn’t realise how symbolic changing the lights in my home would be.

I went back to the shop and again using my intuition, but with the help of a few weeks of thinking, I selected the pendants, taking into account the shadows that would be cast into the room. Because there will always be shadows in my life.

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