Party Architecture: #3 - Lighting

Party Architecture: #3 - Lighting

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Maxwell Ryan
Dec 19, 2008
Turn down the lights Turn up the music Let's just be together tonight -Neil Diamond Turn your lights down low And pull your window curtain Oh let jah moon come shining in -Bob Marley Take it from Bob and Neil, lighting is essential when creating the right mood at your party. In previous posts on Party Architecture, we covered Density, or having the right number of people in your space for the type of party; and Structure, or arranging your apartment so guests can mix and move. A third tenet, lighting, complements density and structure and, over the course of an evening, subtly signals where the party is heading.

Lighting

Following are the two basic ideas behind proper lighting. They may seem obvious to some of you, but we find that people often forget them when the party begins. 1. Light the Zones There should be good light at the entrance, while in the rest of the apartment the levels should be brighter at first and then dim for intimacy, dark for dancing. In the structure post we suggested that those who have the space can spread out the bar, food, music, and entrance, and arrange spaces for intimate conversation and/or dancing. Lighting should complement and shift with these areas. 2. Vary the Lighting Over Time Restaurants with bars often do this well. As the evening goes on, the lights should go down and the music go up. One way to do this is to have candles and lights going early then turn off some lights as the party progresses. What are your lighting tips? -Billy Mac Party Architecture SeriesParty Architecture: #1 - DensityParty Architecture: #2 - Structure Party Architecture: #3 - LightingParty Architecture: #4 - Flow (Image: Shutterstock) Re-Edited on 12.13.11 - MGR) (Re-Edited on 12.15.10 - MGR) (RePosted from 2005-12-15 - MGR) (ReEdited from 2006-12-19 - MGR) (ReEdited from 2007-12-14 - MGR)
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