When everyone goes modern, stand out from the crowd by going back in time with wild and wacky retro themes, complete with ordered retro table lamps online from Australia. In an article for Lifestyle.com, décor expert Jessica Ackerman noted several ways to get retro.
There are some timeless investment furniture pieces which can be placed in any design layout, from any era, and not only do they blend in with the décor, but they also add some character to the interiors. Those pieces are very rare however and they also have to follow a certain theme to work properly, like that popular, retro leather office chair (the one littered with sunken grooves) which looks like it belongs in a classic, luxury-design study room.
If you’re already heavily stocked-up on investment furniture pieces, there are still ways through which you can freshen those pieces up though, but here’s why investment furniture will eventually bore you to death:
Investment pieces are usually very expensive and are kept for long periods of time
While you can get some fabulous home designer products at affordable prices, investment pieces are usually very costly, since one naturally ‘invests’ in these larger pieces with the aim of keeping them for life. Investment pieces may fit in with the interior wall décor and art, as well as other design accessories, at their time of purchase and introduction into the home, but time will eventually catch up with those ageing designs and the entire balance of your interiors can get thrown off. You will eventually get bored with your investment furniture, but you are forced to stick with it because you paid so much for it, even in the wake of it gradually becoming style-outdated.
Sometimes investment furniture can be so expensive that you become rather reluctant to really enjoy it, existing as more of a decoration than actual, functional furniture.
Investment furniture can often be very prominent and dominating
Even in the event that you do eventually get bored with your investment pieces, due to those large and more prominent pieces lagging behind the emerging evolutionary design trends, there’s not much you can physically do to the furniture itself because of the sheer size and prominence. Remember that often, home designer product ranges include mirrors and other matching design accessories like chandeliers, so redecorating every now and then may not be very practical, as unfair as that may be since design trends to tend to evolve quite rapidly.
Beating the Inevitable Bore
While investment furniture will eventually bore you to death, there is no escaping some of the more traditional investment furniture pieces, like the old dining room table, the living room sofa and perhaps some armchairs and a patio set. Fortunately though, with the availability of fabulous designer home products at affordable prices, accent furniture pieces and design accessories can be deployed to accentuate the investment furniture and act as a constant source of refreshment for what can become a very redundant look.
Accent furniture pieces offer a very wide variety of styling trends, with the likes of table lamps and other design accessories very easily updating the look and feel induced by the larger, more permanent investment furniture pieces. In this way, that inevitable investment furniture bore can be hedged against and you never have to surrender to it.
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Yes you can! When designing with light you must consider all light sources, including natural light. You must also take into account day and evening options.
If you over light a room, the effect will be harsh and uncomfortable especially at nighttime. If you have layered your lighting correctly you need not rely on your decorative pieces for light – lamps with dark or black shades, or chandeliers with dimmer switches are among the lighting options that can be added for fashion without over lighting your room.
In location of lighting, are there other do’s and don’ts?
One of the most important considerations in the placement of light fixtures is the glare they produce. Direct glare – as from a bare light bulb – is the worst kind. Always use the correct bulbs to avoid glare and also beware of reflected glare, light that bounces off of other objects into the eyes.
My room seems too big/small…. how can lighting help?
The direction in which you point the light can be very helpful. Ceilings can pose problems, or they can become special features. If the ceilings seem too low, bounce light from up-light fixtures (like torchieres) as this can visually “raise” the ceilings. Cathedral or beamed ceilings can also he highlighted and take on new importance in the overall design of a room with up lighting. Two common problems in older homes are rough or patchy surfaces., and high, cavernous ceilings. To alleviate lighting issues, keep the lighting off the ceiling by using only down lighting (like chandeliers or semi-flush mounts). Imperfections in a surface will be less noticeable without direct light shining on them.
Room dimensions can “appear” to be altered with the proper lighting. Smaller rooms can look more expansive and large rooms can be warmed with the correct lighting fixtures. Washing the four walls of a room with soft light, combined with a light toned paint can create the effect of a larger room. Conversely, a large room illuminated with a few soft pools of light concentrated on certain objects or areas can make a room feel smaller and more intimate.
What about a narrow room or hallway?
Narrow rooms can benefit by placing lighting on the short walls of the room rather than drawing attention to the long narrow walls. This results in a wider looking space. In narrow hallways choose sconces that project light both up and down the walls and that light both sides of a hallway.
I have a lot of beautiful features in my home, like stonework and silk window dressings. How can I show them off with lighting?
Skimming them with light will highlight textured surfaces, whether it be a soft surface like fabric or a hard masonry surface. Acute angle placement near these surfaces will help achieve this effect.
How can I use lighting to show off the beautiful decorative objects in my home?
Backlighting decorative objects can help accent them. Bouncing light indirectly onto an object can also achieve a pleasant effect. Lighting something from below works particularly well on transparent or translucent items such as glass.
Any tips for my Entryway?
Entries should not be overly lit. The transition from outdoors to indoor can be disorienting. Remember to avoid glare in this area. This is best done with multiple light sources. Make the entry warm and inviting. Lighting is very important here, as it is the point where the first impression is made.
Decorating Is Not Complete Without a Selection of Stylish Lamps
No matter what the style or the purpose of a room, the critical key touch in its décor is the lighting.
Lamps bring not only light, but great style as well.
They have two roles. One is bring the “right” light for each space, and the other is to become a key factor in the beauty and character of a home.
Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Lamp:
1. Type of Lamp and its Purpose or Function – In choosing the right lamp, the number one thing is the necessary light, how much light, and its location.
Accent Lamps, Swing Arm Lamps, or Desk Lamps are great for desks, bedside, and reading in general. They usually have a downward light, often metal or in a dark shade, to focus the light and reduce interference with TV or other visual focal points.
Table, Floor, and Buffet lamps cast a warm, inviting glow, so whether enjoying a warm and close conversation or whatever the activity, the light is comfortable. Buffet lamps are a form of table lamp, usually tall and slender, but particularly attractive in pairs and often used together on a console or dresser.
Torchiers are a more dramatic source of light, with a shade that directs light upward, throwing light up to bounce off the ceiling and wall, creating a glow of fairly even illumination.
2. Styling – After considering the purpose or function of a lamp, next consider styling.
Each of the above mentioned categories of lamps can be interpreted in different personal choices of style. Lamps are designed in a wide range of styles to fit in any environment or room in a home, whether Contemporary or Transitional, Traditional/Classic, Rustic, or any exciting mix that expands and enhances the personal feel of the home… for its guests, and most of all for the individuals that live there.
In summary, the particular character and usefulness of lamps are an important part of how any environment feels. Lamps can become the determining factor in how much a room is enjoyed, how useful it is, and in many cases, how beautiful it can be.
Uttermost Australia, a worldwide company has now launched in Australia, featuring luxurious yet affordable furniture, mirrors, lamps and design accessories for your home, Uttermost was one of the highlights of the Melbourne Design and Decoration show last July.
During the opening of the Design & Decoration Expo, Bruce McGrath with special participation of John Oren the International Sales Manager of Uttermost USA, gave a short introduction of the best features of the Uttermost Australia home/office decorations collection.
With the success of the said event, Uttermost Australia is inviting you to their next expo at Home & Giving Fair, Melbourne this 3rd – 7th August 2013. You’ll surely love to see their exciting new range of luxurious home/office furniture.