Thursday, September 2, 2010

Accessorizing Your Home Tip #18

Home Accessorizing Tip #18
(20 Tips For Accessorizing Your Home series)

Choose Lamps That Not Only Coordinate Well With Your Decor But That Also Provide Adequate Lighting For The Rooms Needs

A well thought out lighting scheme has the power to transform an entire room. On the flip side a poorly executed lighting scheme will detract from the overall look and enjoyment of a room. So choose your lamps with care.

Before your begin shopping you will need to determine how much lighting your room requires. To answer this question you will need to multiply your rooms length by it's width (i.e. 8'x10'). Multiply that number by 1.5 to determine the number of watts required to provide ambient lighting for the room. For task lighting the multiplier is 2.5. (Note: It is estimated that the average room requires a lighting source every 10 feet.)

Once you have determined how much lighting you require there are many other factors to consider before selecting the lamps for your decor, such as:

* What will be the purpose of the lamp? Will it be used primarily for a decoration, for task lighting or for over all ambient lighting. You will also need to consider the purpose of the space.

* What is the style of the lamp? Will its design coordinate with your decor?

* What is the mood of the room you are trying to establish? Your lighting choices need to enhance and strengthen that mood.

* What is the theme of the room? Again your lighting choices need to support your rooms theme.

* What is the height of the table on which the lamp will sit? A shorter table may require a taller lamp. You do not want to be looking up into a lamps hardware. To guard against this ensure that the bottom of the lamp shade does not rise above eye level when seated. Ideally the bottom of the shade should be at ear level for a reading.

* Consider the wattage of bulb the lamp will take. For reading you will require a minimum of 60 watts most people require 100 watts.

* Consider the lamps shade. White color shades let the most light through and are ideal for ambient lighting. Darker coloured shades tend to direct light downwards. Fabric shades cast a warm glow but be sure to consider the fabrics texture. Silk shades look best in intimate bedroom settings. While linens and other more textured fabrics tend to have a more rustic feel making them better suited to family rooms and informal settings. In general, drum shades tend to look more modern, while conical ones look more traditional.

Another tip to remember when selecting a lamps shade is that the width of the shade should never extend past a table's perimeter.

Selecting the right lighting for your room will not only enhance your decor but will bring you many years of enjoyment to come.

Note:The pictured lamp is the Conrad Table Lamp from Bellacor.

1 comment:

  1. I've been reading through your tips. The are very good and good to keep in the back of your mind. I see a lot of these mistakes in people's homes.