I have always lived in older homes. I grew up in a 1932 lakeside cottage and currently live in a 1929 brick Tudor. Neither of these homes have a ton of overhead lighting, in fact, most of the lighting for both homes had to come in the form of lamps and wall sconces. Watching my mom deftly handle this lighting issue is probably what got me into lamps.
One of the benefits of working in residential real estate is picking up on tips that help to make a home warm and inviting. A trick I learned from a skilled stager, and one I incorporate in my own home, is utilizing the triangle of light. That's right, in any given room you want to have three sources of light that are placed in a quasi triangle.
|TRIANGLE of LIGHT|
In this photo there should be a light source to the left of the photo frame -
this will create a pleasing, properly lit room.
I also learned that lighting the corners of a room will make the room feel bigger.
After determining where you need lighting, the next step is to demystify the various lamp shade options so you create the right decorated look for your interiors.
LAMP SHADES 101
|the TAPERED DRUM|
Now that you have determined the shape of your lamp shade, it's time to figure out the best size for your base. Understanding the ratio of base to lamp shade is key!
THE FORMULAThe shade-to-lamp formula is pretty simple - the shade should be roughly two-fifths of the total height of the full lamp, including the shade.
Lamp shades can be made out of any material. Each material casts a certain feeling, and glow.
Paper shades create a casual, relaxed mood and are great for adding texture and dimension. Because they are so lightweight, they are ideal as a hanging fixture.
Next week I will be creating a DIY lamp from an old wicker covered demi John I found in Snohomish. I will be including all the tools you will need, including where to buy - it should be enlightening!
|Wicker covered demi Johns|
Until next time,
la chasse au bonheur