How to choose the right lighting and highlight features in your home

How can you choose the right lighting for your home?

Beautiful lighting can undoubtedly add the finishing touch to any interior. From kitchens and living rooms to bathrooms and hallways, carefully selected lighting can complement a design and harmonise a room. Creating the mood you desire should be as easy as flicking the switch.

To create the feel you desire in your interior, lighting needs to be thoroughly thought through, putting a lighting plan together before you start to decorate a room will help you to minimise any mistakes. Make a note of the features, artwork and furniture you would like to highlight and plan your lighting accordingly. Dark spaces especially will need extra attention. Always remember to use layers of light at different angles for maximum impact.”

How you can use lighting to highlight features in your interior?

It is amazing how easily you can highlight key features of a room with simple subtle lighting. Use down lights on pieces of furniture, wall art or kitchen islands to put a spotlight on those key features. A simple table lamp with a luxurious lamp shade can be used to highlight a nice coffee or side table.

Up lighting can be used on architectural features within a property. If your ceilings are a feature, then uplights will highlight this whilst bouncing light back around the room to give a subtle soft light. Backlights work well behind items like a coloured glass vase, to give the room a glow of colour.

We hope you’ve found our blog of interest!

Angela Berry & Team! x

 

 

The Lampshade Company’s Small Biz 100 Day!

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Showing Will Quince how to make a lampshade!

The day started with the alarm going off at 6am, running around the house making sure both children were ready for my husband to take them to school, fishing Nemo (one of our fish who died overnight) out of the fish tank, feeding the cat then responding to a couple of emails prior to our meeting with our Local MP Will Quince at 9am. Will is a very down to earth MP, we spoke about our manufacturing process in great detail and also the possibility of exporting our lamp shades. Before Will left I presented him with a lampshade from our new personalised digital print lampshade range with an image of Palace of Westminster (House of Commons) on it. This was a digital image we used and then had it printed onto material which we then used to make a lampshade.

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Presenting Will Quince with a personalised digital lamp shade.

Will left our studio at about 10am and our social media pages started to get very busy with likes, re-tweets and comments – we even received some tweets from James Caan! Small Business Saturday UK did a fantastic job promoting our Small Business on the day – thank you Small Business Saturday UK! I would highly recommend any #SmallBiz100 to dedicate a full day to their Small Business 100 day to respond to Social Media and additional enquiries. But most importantly to have fun and enjoy your day in the limelight.

The Lampshade Company is organising an event in Colchester for Small Business Saturday UK on Saturday December 3rd – we’ll keep you posted with further details!

Angela Berry & Team x

New Product Launch – Digital Personalised Lampshades!

digital-print-personalised-photo-lampshadeBreaking news…

The Lampshade Company has just released a new service – Digital Personalised Lampshades.

All you need to do is send us the image you wish to have on your lampshade in the correct size and format and we can hand craft your personalised lampshade to suit your décor.

 

Youdigital-print-personalised-photo-lampshade can have photographs of your loved ones, pets or even your favourite photograph shining back at you every evening when you switch on your light!

What a wonderful addition to your home or unique personalised gift for a loved one. Click here to visit our website for further information.

The Lampshade Company Selected as One of The Small Business 100!

TLC Master 72dpi RGBThe lampshade studio is buzzing with excitement! We’re all extremely excited and proud that The Lampshade Company has been chosen as one of the Small Business 100 for Small Business Saturday UK 2016. #SmallBiz100

The Small Biz 100 campaign markets 100 small businesses, one a day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday which this year is on Saturday 3rd December.

Each business receives exposure through social media platforms and via the press. With an opportunity to attend Downing Street and meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

We have tickets to The Small Business Saturday Blue Tie Ball (time to drag out the glad rags!). How exciting…don’t worry we’ll keep you all updated via our Twitter and Facebook pages with maybe a few sneaky photo’s of the event!

Find out how you can get involved with Small Business Saturday by visiting their website:

www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com

and follow them on:

Twitter: @SmallBizSatUK

Facebook: Small Business Saturday UK

Small Business Saturday is a non profit making organisation.

More exciting news to follow about the Blue Tie Ball next week!

Angela Berry & Team x

 

The Lampshade Company Scoops Small Business of The Year Award at The North Essex Business Awards 2016!

North Essex Business Awards At Braxted Park on Friday night. Lampshade Company , Small Business of the Year sponsored by Chelmsford College and Andy Sparks
North Essex Business Awards At Braxted Park on Friday night.
Lampshade Company , Small Business of the Year sponsored by Chelmsford College and Andy Sparks

We are delighted to have been selected as winners at the North Essex Business Awards 2016, which took place at Braxted Park in Witham. We would like to thank Newsquest for organising such a great event!

Team north Essex Business Awards

20160701_215116Also a huge thank you Chelmsford College who were sponsors of the Small Business of The Year category and selected The Lampshade Company as the winners of this category – we are extremely proud and grateful, thank you!

The Lampshade Company Scoops Small Business of The Year Awards at the North Essex Business Awards 2016

The Lampshade Company Scoops Small Business of The Year Awards at the North Essex Business Awards 2016

 

We have some more exciting news for you next week – watch this space!

Angela Berry & Team x

The North Essex Business Awards 2016!

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I’m very excited to announce that The Lampshade Company has been selected as a finalist in the North Essex Business Awards 2016!

The Lampshade Company is a finalist in the Small Business of the Year category and I have also been selected as a finalist in the Business Woman of the Year category.

The black tie awards ceremony is being held on Friday 1st July 2016 at the prestigious Braxted Park in Witham, Essex. A lovely setting, myself and the team are really looking forward to a fantastic night! Time to dig out those frocks and dinner jackets – how exciting!

Angela Berry & Team

 

May 2016 at The Lampshade Company

Wow what a busy May we’ve had in the lampshade studio! We’ve seen the launch of some very exciting new designer lampshade ranges this month including Scion, Harlequin and Liberty Art Fabric lamp shades.

We are currently undergoing some exciting new brand development by the lovely Lissa and James from Phelan Barker – the transformation is fantastic and we can’t wait to show you the new brand, please watch this space!

Work on our website has commenced with the dream team at Rubber Cheese, we are all very excited about the transformation – don’t worry we’ll keep you posted as and when things progress.

This last week seems to have absolutely flown by! We’ve had our teeth stuck into a couple of commercial lamp shade orders and the shades are looking amazing, even if we do say so ourselves!

Well it’s Friday evening and the children have just broken up for the half-term and I’m very excited about the long weekend ahead (well it is the May Bank Holiday after all!) – working a little later this evening as I have a meeting to squeeze in at 5pm before relaxing on my 3 day break with the family.

Have a fabulous Bank Holiday folks!

Angela Berry & Team.

New In – Liberty of London Fabric Lampshades!

 

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New in Liberty of London fabric drum lampshades!

Our new designer Liberty Art Fabric drum lampshade collection is an excellent choice for those looking for more of a traditional look. We have carefully selected from the Heritage, Nesfield and Jubilee collections. Each lampshade is hand made to order and finished off with a quality lining, the choice of lining colours include Gold, Silver and Champagne metallic linings which give a really luxurious high end finish.

Liberty of London Ianthe Flower Original Fabric Drum Lampshade 03573273A Liberty Of London Hera Slate Blue Peacock Feather Drum Lampshade 03573259B

Liberty Art Fabrics Floral Mawston Meadow Pollen Fabric Drum Lampshade 03943155BLiberty Art Fabrics Floral Mawston Meadow Dew Fabric Drum Lampshade 03943155A

These lamp shades are sure to be the talking point of any room. Why not visit our website to view our full range today!

How to Choose the Right Diffuser for Your Lampshade

Firstly, what is a lampshade diffuser?

A lampshade diffuser is designed to sit in the bottom of a ceiling pendant light shade to distract your eye from the light bulb. A lampshade diffuser is most useful when you have a larger ceiling shade, as the diameter is much wider and therefor the light bulb is easier to see and sometimes doesn’t look all that pleasing unless your eyes are distracted from the bulb in another (for example with a bright colourful lampshade lining similar to those in our Mix & Match range).

Secondly, you need to decide how much light you want in the room.

At The Lampshade Company, we have two different diffuser options. To allow as much light as possible I would suggest a frosted opaque diffuser. Alternatively, there is a white non – transparent diffuser with a hole in the centre to allow the light to shine through the middle. This doesn’t let as much light through as the frosted option, however it does have a nice modern look to it.  Please see the image below of the different options available with the lights both on and off, this will give you an idea of how your diffuser will look at different times.

 

Frosted and White Lampshade Diffuser Image

 

Thirdly, how do you fit a lampshade diffuser?

Our lampshades diffusers are designed specifically for our ceiling pendant shades and are all laser cut to ensure a perfect fitting our lampshades. Once your lampshade has been fitted (and whilst the power is still off) simply flex your diffuser and slide it into the bottom of your lampshade so that it sits just above the bottom ring and hey presto, your diffuser is fitted! You can swap and change it as you often as you wish to suit different times of year and of course your décor!

Thanks for reading, I hope this has helped!

Angela Berry

The Lampshade Company