The leaves have started to fall and Halloween is just around the corner, which means one thing in the lighting world…DARKNESS. In the excitement this crisp seasonal change brings, it also carries a yearn for more light. The evenings start a little earlier now, lingering into darker morning rises, often reminding us of our areas of shadow in the home- making it harder to curl up with that book, or finish that work deadline on our computers, or even read the paper before the rest of our house has awoken. More light is imperative this time of year and we are here to help! Here’s our quick guide on how to best brighten up your space this season with portable lamps.
MIX IT UP
Use a mix of table and floor lighting! Floor and table lamps go together like peanut butter and jelly. We don’t often recommend one without the other. They provide different layers of illumination and fulfill different needs, but will work harmoniously together to better light your space. Don’t be intimidated- that large floor lamp will not only add visual interest and definition to your room, but will provide a higher level of lumen output and add an additional layer of ambient lighting that we desperately require this time of year. These don’t have to “match”, and in fact, we’d prefer they didn’t! A trendy and structural tripod floor lamp, can pair beautifully with a metal or ceramic table lamp. A third, and more task-style desk lamp may also be added in a nearby reading area. One suggestion- keep your fabric shade styles similar in shape and color. This will help ease the merge of different pieces into your room for a more seamless and cohesive look.
Consider exactly where your lighting needs are within your room, and what type of lighting will provide the best solution. Are you desperately in need of better reading or task lighting? Where is it that you read the most? Having a small task lamp near the end of the sofa, or beside your favorite chair is a good place to start. Which portion of your space seems the darkest overall? Placing a tall floor lamp near the edge of this area will completely transform the room. One trick? Use your wall space. The more surface area the light source has to reflect off of, the farther your light will travel. That forgotten corner area is often a missed luminary opportunity!
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The all and mighty portable lamp. Many may have forgotten it’s duty and pledged illuminating purpose, but not those lighting buffs who truly grasp the importance that great portable lighting serves. No…not us. We are here to enlighten you (pun intended) on why you shall never forget the addition of portable pieces in your home. Here are six great examples of how the right lamp can enhance your current illumination situation!
THE FAVE FLOOR LAMP
A fresh take on an old favorite, floor lamps can definitely add some style and scale to your room. This Adrian lamp from Uttermost is constructed of solid cast steel, and finished in a beautiful aged gunmetal. Boasting 150 watts of light through it’s wide, white linen shade makes it a perfect addition to brighten up that gloomy living space. Pro Tip: Place this near or behind a sofa or chair in the corner of your room. The added wall surface will act as a reflective launching pad, providing more lumen spread throughout your interior space.
THE BEDSIDE BEAUTY
A great bedside table lamp should be as beautiful to look at as it is functional. The Castilla gold leaf lamp from Dimond Lighting is perfectly sized for a small nightstand area and is equipped with a 100 watt medium-based bulb, so you will have plenty of light for that late night read. It’s pretty proportion is adorned with a soft gold finish and clear glass body, making it a stylish and transitional choice- perfect for most any decor.
THE ARTFUL ACCENT
Sometimes your space just needs a little something special, a statement piece that really highlights your style. The Hubbardton Forge Encounter lamp is just that- an artful accent that just happens to be illuminated with LED technology! This organic sculpture is innovative, artisanal and an amazing example of how impressionable the right lighting can be.
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Updating your lighting doesn’t have to be intimidating. There are many easy and efficient ways to create big lighting impact in your home. Let us walk you through the six main areas to focus your lighting efforts on, and the best approach for each space in order to reap great reward with illumination!
First things first, the foyer. Your main entrance, whether big or small, is the initial impression of your overall style. We all know the saying, “you only get one shot at a first impression”. This is exactly why updating your foyer fixture is number one on our list. This can be as simple as a new semi-flush ceiling fixture if you’re dealing with an 8′-10′ ceiling height, or a brand new chandelier for those 11′-20+’ applications. If ceiling fixtures aren’t your jam, some welcoming wall sconces flanking the interior door or adjacent wall can also create big impact. Whatever the fixture type- the foyer should set the tone for the entire home and provide a strong visual impact upon first glance into the space.
The kitchen, often referred to as the heart of the home, is next up on our list. We tend to all congregate in this wonderful place, regardless of it’s size. We cook, we eat, we talk, we laugh, and we may even cry in this square footage of central command. With so much activity happening in the kitchen, it’s important that we LOVE it’s aesthetic. Along with great visual appeal, lighting in your kitchen also needs to be highly functional, and able to provide a properly illuminated working environment. The trick to achieving this is all in the layering. Emphasized more here than in other areas of the home, layering the lighting sources in your kitchen space is imperative. There are three main types of lighting we focus on here:
- Ambient- The first, and probably most important, layer. This refers to the main overhead lighting source(s) that provide you with the largest amount of lumen spread, or “lighting coverage”. Recessed lighting is commonly used in the kitchen for general or ambient lighting. Other central overhead lighting sources that would fit in this category would be large flush or semi-flush mount fixtures.
- Task- Task lighting is any lighting source that is placed in particular areas of a room for specific “tasks”. Under-cabinet lighting, for example, is a common type of task lighting found in a kitchen space. When used in conjunction with good ambient lighting, task lighting is a very important layer to achieve proper illumination in a kitchen. The addition of this layer creates a more uniformly lit working environment that is both flexible and efficient for the user.
- Decorative- The label pretty much says it all. Decorative lighting sources create visual interest within a space, as well as provide any additional lumen coverage for a seating or gathering area of the kitchen: island, dining table, breakfast nook, etc. These fixtures create a layer of visual intrigue within the space and contribute to the overall design of the room. Decorative fixtures can come in the form of hanging pendants, chandeliers, or even wall sconces.
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