|Country Living Magazine|
The right type of lighting can make even the most simple decoration spring to life. Here's a few ideas to light your home for a subtle, yet spooky effect:
|House of Antique Hardware|
* Use flicker bulbs in place of regular candelabra bulbs in your chandelier or small accent lamps. The House of Antique Hardware has several options available. They even have colonial style sconces in which you could place flicker bulbs for the ultimate "Salem Witch Trial" ambiance. You can even replace regular bulbs in faux jack-o-lanterns to look like they are illuminated with candle light.
* Use electric or candle powered candelabras on your side and buffet tables to light the way. Stretch fake cobwebs and add a couple of plastic insects for effect.
* Scented candles help infuse the air with the scent of a crisp autumn day. Try Macintosh Apple or Pumpkin Pie from Yankee Candle.
* Use mirrors and glass to reflect candle light. Place dripping candlelabras on top of antique mirrors used as trays. Arrange strings of twinkle lights around groupings of clear glass apothocary jars filled with fake insects, candy corn, or faux cobwebs. The reflected light will double the effect, and is especially useful if lighting is at a premium.
* Try antique kerosene lamps indoors and out. I like the fact that you can adjust the strength of the flame, and they are dripless. The black hanging lantern above would look great attached to tree limbs outdoors or propped in front of a faux gravestone. They would also come in handy if you were to have a country or ranch themed party. Antique lanterns with glass chimneys can be used to illuminate a dining room or buffet table for any occasion, as well.