Is it a feeling, a look, an emotion that we think of when we speak of ambiance? Each of us have a place we go to or a specific area in our homes or surroundings that make us feel warm, welcome and relaxed.
For some, ambiance requires color, soft and warm. Others require candle lite rooms with fragrance filling the air and soft music playing in the background. My adult children need a technology infused room to have the perfect ambiance whether in a group or alone. They don’t like quiet. For some the perfect ambiance is a place you can be alone and for others they require companionship.
For me the place with perfect ambiance depends on the season. In winter the place with the ambiance that draws me in is a room with a fire burning in the fireplace with a cozy chair pulled up along side it with an ottoman to prop up my feet while I read a good book. There is a table nearby with a good reading lamp and a place for my hot cup of coffee.
Summertime, ambiance is a whole other feeling. I take in the soft gentle breezes off the lake as I sit in my Adirondack chair and watch the water gently coming ashore and then retreating. The rhythm of the waves is therapeutic.
The garden in the springtime provides an atmosphere of anticipation. I watch daily for the emerging perennial flowers as the sun gently warms the earth and everything is a different shade of spring green. There is a hopeful ambiance in spring.
Ambiance in fall for me is elusive. I am drawn in by the changing colors in the trees only to discover the temperature is dropping and the cold winds chasing me indoors. On the perfect sunlight warm fall day I could stay outdoors for hours walking and listening to the crunching sounds beneath my feet and watch as the birds start gathering for their trip south. As the leaves lose their colors and the grass it’s green I know it is time to put the summer to rest and start pursuing a cozier place indoors.
What ambiance calls you to a quiet place where you can wind down from a busy paced life? For me it usually involves quiet and nature. If water is available nearby all the better. My kids would tell me that I am getting old and spend too much time thinking.
I haven’t clued them in on the fact that some days I like to just sit, listen to my surroundings and shut off all this world’s thoughts.