I often lose my head when I walk into amazing lighting store or see fab pendants online. Is just the ‘I want them all’ feeling! It’s so easy to fall in love with lamp and buy the wrong one! Sometimes we simply unaware, how the lighting actually can affect our mood, our productivity or simply gives us headaches! Also, lamp may look pretty in a store shelf and how the visual merchandiser styled it, but not practically looking good at your space. I have prepared a lighting guide, so before you buy your next lamp you can remember these few simple rules and improve your well-being, while creating a proper design statement. Don’t forget to check my light-bulb guide post as well.
1. Create a statement above the dining table or island. Don’t just go for ‘’any’’ pendants. Look around your kitchen and furniture, cabinets especially. If you have fresh, modern cabinets with chrome handles don’t go for glass pendants- pick coloured, Scandinavian style. If you have retro, wood mix with colour or dark cabinets, try to choose pendants that have a wooden element with less pattern ( unless you specifically want to go for the retro style). I love industrial pendants in the kitchen, this style go nearly with every kitchen apart from late 80’s beginning 90’s typical cabinets with gloss round plastic handles (like the one I have! awful) For best prices and savings, check out stores like Next, BHS, habitat, johnlewis, made.com, urbanoutfitters, littlewoods etc. You are most likely to find there bargains and sales.
2. Main light. I think you can skip the main pendant here. Focus on good quality down lights. Chose white LED, that gives you enough light you need. Kitchen like any other room (apart from bathroom), is also one of the place that is more likely to get bacteria from food. You need bright and strong light bulbs to see properly when cleaning up. Up for a higher voltage light bulb. (here is light-bulb guide ).
This is the place where we come to re-charge out batteries, read good book before sleep or just spend time on laptop ( like me).
1. Bedside lamp. I know, you seen this amazing online eclectic colourful pendant and you Must have it! Before you buy it. Take a snap of it. Hold it against your bed and dressing table and see if it actually fits there. Pick favourite accessories and try to mix and match. If online, check the dimensions, if in store, ask for tape measure. You need to know whether it will fit to you bedside table. 1/3 size is the rule. It can’t be too high as well. If you use small stool as your bedside table go for anglepose lamp or use oversized pendant light bulb hanged on side. The cool part is that you can pick both, mix and match. You can also use floor lamp like me. I wanted to explore all that so I went for all of them. Against the rule, less is more – I actually like the result. I use my bedroom as my office for writing, so I need loads of light. Remember, not enough light when you do tasks like reading, writing etc. may cause headaches as your eyes will get tired of trying to concentrate. Is good to have low light as you want wake up your partner while reading, but if you do more focused work, think of a higher voltage light bulb. Consider installing a dimmer to light-switchs. Arguments savers! Also, smaller task lights will create stunning ambience in the bedroom. I love just having them on! If you in need of a fairy light, but already have 2 x bedside lamps, why don’t you hang them above your mirror? Looks ace! Check out my very own bedroom below you can read here about it more (link)
3. The main light should be quite strong light. You will need this if you drop your glasses, lost your cat (like I do often) or you need to hoover 😉 With regards to the lost cat, my cat fur is same colour us my rug… easy to get confused without contact lenses. On a serious note, again consider a strong light bulb here as well. When choosing pendant- don’t go overboard. If you already have great ambience lighting you can go for simple geometric pendant or smooth fabric one.
2. Pendant lamp. Here, again check against your floor lamp- many people mix same shade on floor and pendant lamp. You are ok to do that, as long as they’re in fairly distance of each other. If big lamp shade of pendant, then smaller floor’s one etc. I personally love smaller side table lamp right opposite the floor one. I just love lighting! Make sure this one is a very simple but you can (and you rather should) add colour here as well.
2. Task lamp. Of course. Anglepoise are popular but also clip in to the desk or shelf are very practical too. I know some desk lights looks soo pretty.. but forget here about oversized side table lamp. You need a light that is flexible and not too strong.
3. Make sure you have another source of light nearby, either pendant light or spotlights. Be careful with textured shades that creates patterns on wall, it may look good but can easily distract you. Try to switch to one coloured fabric or just oversized bulb style second lamp here.
2. Main light can be fun. Girls loves chandeliers, boys themed shades. Be creative, have fun- add colour! Be careful with heavy chandeliers and I would reconsider glass chandeliers and think to use cheaper plastic with no sharp ages. Kids play in the rooms and accident happen.
3. Consider small night lamp for small children. Best, if this would one with very low light not to wake up your child. You may consider LED light bulbs for the safety of your child. There are light bulbs available that won’t burn your child if accidentally touch it. Remember it can be too big and too far so child can reach them in case if a teddy fell or need to run to a bathroom. Skip the pretty oversized desk lamp, it may look good but completely un-practical here.
Right, that’s all for my simple lighting guide! I hope you now can find the perfect lamps to your space! Did you find this useful? Let me know in comments 🙂