Does Lighting Affect your Appetite?

With Summer only 82 days away, and many of Quoizel’s employees participating in a 150-day weight loss challenge, we thought this topic might be of interest.

Does lighting affect your appetite?  Recent studies have shown that creating a relaxed environment, such as dimming the lights, diners could reduce their caloric intake by 175 calories. They also found that they rated their meals as more enjoyable.  The tranquil environment increased satisfaction while decreasing consumption.  The study also showed that while the serene atmosphere did not change what people actually ordered, they ate slower, longer and at a relaxed pace.   Adding soft music and painting your walls a certain color could also add to a calming environment.  Warm hues like red and yellow stimulate the appetite, whereas cool colors like blue, green, and grey suppress the appetite.

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Our Favorite Design Trends

It’s the beginning of 2014, and so many design trends are being talked about this year.  We chose a few of our favorites to highlight.

Popularity of open layouts continue to grow.  Open plans promote interaction among family and guests, as walls are not a barrier.  With that, the kitchen continues to serve as the home’s “hub” while the rest of the home flows freely off the kitchen.

Mixing and matching furniture, colors, patterns, and design motifs are also seeing a rise in popularity. Most design magazines are showing saturated hues such as navy and plum in velvet, suede or corduroy and accessorizing with bold throw pillows, lamps and blankets.

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The Incandescent Bulb is Going the Way of the Dinosaur

Thanks to recent regulation that resulted from a 7-year campaign, Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, traditional incandescent light bulbs will eventually fade away like the dinosaur.  The United States’ government mandated certain efficiency standards for bulbs going forward.  As it happens, certain incandescent bulbs that we currently use do not meet these standards and thus must either be adapted or be phased out.  This mandate phased out both 75-watt and 100-watt varieties and now leads to the disappearance of 60-watt and 40-watt bulbs, although, this fact, may come as a surprise to many Americans who once relied on these exact sizes.

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Lamps Can Warm Up Your Home This Winter

Across the country, winter has proven to be pretty brutal, and we still have a long way to go before Spring.  There have been dramatic changes in temperature from one day to the next, and if your part of the world hasn’t seen record-breaking low temperatures, you’ve seen record-breaking rain fall. 

As the temperatures continue to drop, we move indoors to seek comfort and warmth, and the one thing that you have control over is what’s happening inside your home.   A lack of light will make your home feel more like a cave than a retreat. Lighting plays an important role in being able to see, but it also affects our mood too. Finding the right lighting can be the solution to creating an inviting home for your family and guests. 

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Instant Holiday Makeover!

The holidays are fast approaching and there is no time for big renovations.  However, here are a few of Quoizel’s popular items that can change the feel of a room in time for your guests to arrive.

The featured mirror is classic European elegance with its refined design fit for royalty.  The hand-forged iron is twisted into graceful curves and can easily transform any foyer, hallway, bathroom or bedroom.  The matching bath fixture celebrates the beauty of light with its warm graduation of color.  This fixture can be mounted as an uplight or downlight and is part of Quoizel’s very popular Duchess Collection.

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