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Lighting Decor I

Changing out lighting, whether indoors or out can make a huge difference in how a home looks. Most people overlook lighting when it comes to remodeling or decorating, leaving a huge void. Not only does the right light need to help with the appearance but it also needs to be functional. The nice thing is that the options for lighting today is remarkable compared to what you could choose from 10 years ago.

To start, look around your house to see what type of accent, floor, and table lamps you have. The following are some great tips to help you get started:
  • In addition to placing accent lamps in bedrooms and living rooms, also consider them for bathrooms and entryways. Typically, accent lamps are less than 20 inches and are excellent for adding just a touch of extra lighting.
  • To improve lighting for work, choose a desk lamp that is around 12 to 20 inches high. While this size is not too large, it will still increase the lighting for a specific area.
  • Table lamps make an excellent choice for bedrooms, family rooms, dining rooms, and living rooms, and in general, will measure from 25 to 32 inches
  • Do not overlook floor lamps, which are great for illumination in areas without much lighting such as a dark corner
  • If you have little table room where a table lamp would not fit, you can add lighting with wall lamps
  • Look for styles that enhance the décor of the room. This is more than just shape and color, but also texture. Match the lighting to the paint, carpet, wallpaper, and even artwork.
Just as the lamps are important, the lampshade sitting on that lamp is equally important. Here are a few guidelines that will help you choose the best lampshade for the lamp and for the room:
  • You want the lampshae to be as wide as or wider than the widest point of the lamp.
  • To determine the right height of the lampshade, measure the lamp from the base to the socket. The shade should equal the same measurements. Now keep in mind that some of the newer styles on the market do not necessarily follow that guideline but this is a good general rule.
  • If you were looking at the lamp from an eye level point of view, make sure the shade covers the bottom portion of the socket
  • There are three dimensions of a lampshade. The first is the top diameter of the rip, the second is the bottom diameter, and the third is the height. When shopping for lampshades, know the dimensions you need so you can zero in on the right shape and size for the lamp.
  • Finally, although the most popular lampshades are made from linen, cotton, silk, and paper, there are a number of materials used none being wrong, just personal preference. Do keep in mind that linen and silk are typically more formal while cotton and paper are more informal.
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