Choosing the Perfect Lamp

Every space in the home is a little different. When choosing how to light rooms, people need to consider the décor and the look and feel they want to achieve. Floor lamps are a great option to add aesthetic to a room while supplying task and ambient lighting.

There are two main types of lamps – table lamps and floor lamps. Based on which room the lamp will be placed, people need to consider size, style, and brightness of a lamp. Many people will buy lamps without measuring the area it will go into. Buyers need to take measurements first without depending on their skills at eyeballing measurements.

For table lamps, people need to measure the table height and circumference. The lamp should not be more than one and a half times the height of the furnishing it sits on and the lampshade should not overlap the table. Consider the weight of the lamp. Lighter is better for less-travelled spots while heavier and stable is better for high traffic areas and small children.

For a floor lamp, make sure to measure the height of the space it will go in to and the maximum circumference the lamp can extend without interfering with other furniture or people. The circumference will be most useful when looking at the lamp shade. It also has to be near an outlet.

The main styles of lamps are contemporary, traditional, modern, and global. Consider the decor in the space the lamp will go, but there is no need to match perfectly. Blending styles is more popular now than matching is.

Clear lamp bases have less visual weight. Wood and iron bases provide texture and richness. Crystal adds glamour to a room while painted porcelain will create a luxurious Old World feel. Moroccan lanterns have an exotic and international feel which coordinates well with most decor.

Exhibit lamps have an opening at the top of a clear place, allowing people to place decorative objects, such as shells, glass beads, or porcelain spheres, inside for a customised look. As long as the lamp works well with the decor, than it will be perfect.

When deciding on brightness, people need to figure out what the primary purpose of the lamp will be. This could be mood lighting, reading, decoration, or safety. For decorative lighting, an opaque fabric shade can be chosen. It illuminates the space from ceiling to floor. For reading and other tasks, a translucent lampshade will diffuse light. High quality paper or fabric shades are ideal.

Most lamps come with the perfect shade. However, if buyers do not like the shade it comes with, there are a few tips to pick the lampshade for the style and purpose of the lamp. People need to consider proportion, shape, and colour.

For table lamps, a lampshade should be two thirds the height of the base. For floor lamps, follow a four to one ratio. The widest part of the shade should be half an inch wider than the widest part of the base on each side. It should modestly cover the lamps’ harp and bulb socket.

The job of a lampshade is to complement the lamp. Rounder lamps require rounded shapes, such as drum, oval, empire, coolie, and bell. For squarer bases, shades need to be more angular, such as square, rectangular, hexagon, and pagoda.

The more ornate the lamp, the simpler the shade should be and vice versa. Pleated shades look more traditional while flat shades work with almost any decor. However, pleated shades are hard to keep dusted, so smooth shades are an optimum choice.

Colour choices in lampshades will depend on personal preference, the lamp style and colour, and the decor in the room. Multi-coloured or hand painted lamps should be paired with a muted or single colour shade. For single colour lamps, shades can range from complementary colours to crazy prints.

Custom Lighting has a reputation as the designer lighting company of Australia. They pride themselves on exclusive product lines sourced from the world’s most influential lighting houses, including Italy, Spain, and America. The range of product encompasses a broad spectrum of styles, from traditional Swarovksi crystal chandeliers to the latest architectural contemporary styles. They also have the latest releases in LED and energy saving technology and upmarket exterior lighting.

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