5 TIPS ABOUT LAMPS –  Interior Design

5 TIPS ABOUT LAMPS – Interior Design

Today’s video that I want to share with
you is five tips on how to decorate with lamps so let’s go ahead and get started!
I’m in my store which there’s tons of lamps so this is a great place to video
let me talk about first size and placement of your lamps. So this is a
sideboard and typically when I’m designing I like
to put what’s called buffet lamps they’re going to be taller and sometimes
they’re slimmer it depends on the size of your sideboard. If it’s a really big
sideboard you can get away with a bigger base buffet lamp but since this is a
smaller sideboard the lamps I chose on here have a smaller base on them and you
also want to pay attention to your lampshades which we’re gonna talk about
that in a minute. Typically in a dining room you’ve only
got your overhead lighting so a lot of times when I’m choosing the design I
kind of pull away from a big hutch because I know if I pick a sideboard in
the room I can add more lighting. So another point about tip number one in
your size and placement, a lot of times what I notice is that people when they
decorate with lamps sometimes the lamps tend to be too small for where they put
it, sometimes they’re too big, in this case although this lamp is pretty and
cute it’s a little too small for this area so let me replace it with one I
think works just a little bit better. Much better! Now, why is it much better?
First of all, it’s a bigger lamp and if you look at it, this is a narrow console
so the lamp, the base of it, is also narrow, kind of mimics the size of the
console and this shade is narrow. Typically, when you have a small piece
that you’re gonna put up against the wall, you can’t do a round shape because
it’s going to push the lamp away from the wall. Now, I get a lot of questions
about whether if a lamp is too big and we have artwork on the wall or a mirror
or in this case a clock is that a no-no to have it sitting in front of that.
Absolutely not, I think it looks better that way! So tip number two is about
style. Now this is probably my favorite tip because I love lamps and I love
lamps because they can be their own artwork so let me show you a few things
in here. This lamp right here, this is made of cast iron and I can’t pick it up
with one hand which I love but let me show you something
beautiful black cast iron sitting on top of this distressed wood table. The
contrast is beautiful. Another lamp I picked up that I actually like because I
think it’s its own artwork. This is an old fire extinguisher that a gentleman
made for me and made a lamp out of it. It’s its own character, it’s its own
personality, I love it! Now I tell you what I’m not usually really really picky
about lamps as far as they have to be symmetrical except in the bedroom you’ll
notice on each side of this bed we have the same exact lamps. That’s where I have
to keep my lamps the same, I don’t know why that kind of drives me a little
crazy. So tip number three, let me talk to you about lamp shades. Lamp shades are
now kind of there a lot of them are in linen and a beige color but there are
some coming out now with a little bit of color and I want to show you this lamp
over here I kind of would call it a blue kind of a blue green but look how
beautiful it looks with the mercury glass base and again, we have a beautiful
contrast of the lamp sitting on a white table. This is a mesh wire shade, I, it’s
just so unique. I mean, this lamp the distressed metal, everything about it is
just beautiful and it’s its own statement piece. So tip number four is about light
bulbs. I love to have ambient lighting in every room like we talked about before,
in the dining room, typically you only have the chandelier so I’m gonna put
buffet lamps in there now I’m going to put 40 watt bulbs in those because 60
and 100 are gonna be too bright and too glaring now if you need a lamp in a
living room or a bedroom and you need it for reading you’re gonna need the 60
watt or higher but if it’s just for ambiance go with the 40 watt also Edison
bulbs, very popular now, you can even find them in tons of home-improvement stores
this lamp wouldn’t be half as cool if it wasn’t for these tall edison lamps
inside. Now tip number five, listen, if you’ve already got a lamp that’s kind of
cool and you like the base of it and you like the style of it, give it a
lamp makeover. If you’ll give me just a second I’m going to show you how to do
that. S this is one of the very first nice lamps I ever bought a few years
after I was married, fast-forward about 10 or 15 years, and it was a little dated
let me show you before picture. So while it was pretty at the time, the dark
bronze and the dark shade just became dated so I decided I’m gonna buy a new
lamp but the more I thought about it, the more I thought, this is a great lamp! I’m
just gonna give it a makeover and save some money. So I replaced the shade with
this lighter linen shade and then what I did was I painted the base of this lamp
now I painted it with chalk paint and did you know, chalk paint comes in a spray
can? Made this job so easy! You just want to make sure that you use painters tape
and you wrap up the socket really well. You don’t want to get any paint in there.
After it dried, I realized you know, there is a beautiful bronze color under it so
I took some sandpaper and I just sanded the edges and all around the lamp just a
little bit to give it a distressed look and then I just sprayed a coat of clear
matte acrylic and for like, oh my goodness, probably fifteen dollars, I got
a great lamp makeover! So don’t rethink about a lamp when
you’re looking at it, is it worth throwing away or can I give it a
makeover because there was another lamp that I did and it was a really really
brass I know brass was kind of coming back in style
but this one was a really loud brass and I used Rust-oleum oil rubbed bronze and
spray-painted the base of that one, replaced the lampshade and I was done!
So I want to share with you the one thing that I can’t live without. I am a
lamp person and I have lamps in every room. They create ambiance they make me
happy, who they don’t make happy is my husband when it’s time to come to bed
because he says it takes him 15 minutes to run around the whole house and turn
the lights off. So what we found was this lamp remote. It comes with five of these
plugs you plug in each lamp and check this out,
it turns the lamps off! You can even program it to have each little lamp turn
off. So who knew it would be a marriage saver. I will put the link below to this
awesome gadget. So I hope you enjoyed this video, be sure to subscribe to my
channel because we’ll have another video out next week. I hope you have a
wonderful day!

100 thoughts on “5 TIPS ABOUT LAMPS – Interior Design

  1. Love your tips! I'm looking for lamps but I just might revamp my old ones after listening to your video. Thanks! Save some dough.

  2. My first job was working in a lighting store. I learned so much about lighting by just observing. Now I’m always looking at the lamps. One of my favorite things to do is to buy new shades for a fresh look.

  3. I have a question about lamp shades. I have 2 antiques lamps my mom gave me that need shades. The lamp shades are wider at the bottom, kinda like tulip shape and have a beautiful design on them.They are medium sized may be 16 inches high. I am using them on my bed side table. What is the rule for the size and shape for lamps?

  4. ❤️Your style is impeccable!
    My Buffet is in center of my Bay window.
    My round dining room table is directly under my chandelier so I am wondering if I need a small or large lamp on the Buffet?

  5. Be sure to take your lamp with you when purchasing shades. It's so much easier than returning shades. I love lamps and when watching vintage TV or movies I always check out the lamps. The hanging lamp in the Draper's sunken living room was also featured in a Bewitched episode in a hotel when Darren (York) was away on business. Mad Men fifty years apart.

  6. Thank you for the lamp lesson. It was real informative+ interesting. I was considering painting a lamp. Now I know it was a good idea!

  7. Hello from Florida, This is my first visit to your channel.. I Love It ! Thank you so much for the helpful info. I love lighting…I needed some new ideas, because I am redoing my living room.. Right now it looks like a patch work quilt, lol.. My plan is to get it to the point so I can have a relaxing calm cozy feeling when I am in that room.. Now I am excited to get started, Again, Thank you so much for posting.. God Bless !

  8. Great video however leave the music out please. One is was too loud and extremely distracting. Just constructive criticism. Love your store

  9. Oh I am so a lamp lady too! I adore lamps and have collected sooooo many. But I’d never seen a lamp remote. That’s a must!

  10. on your last lamp tip about making over the lamp with chalk paint, you said you purchased a new lamp shade, that wasn't part of the $15 dollars was it?

  11. Great informative video. What about lamp placement where there is no outlet? Are there battery operated lamps? Please consider different music and not so loud.

  12. I am in need of a new shade for my most favorite lamp of all time …the original shade was squished and ruined by movers many years ago…and then my daughter threw away the frame…The lamp is a very tall bronze contemporary. ..and the shade was black…narrow at the top and gradually became larger at the bottom…like a tall skinny cheerleader horn shape…I continue to be heartsick…over it…and then…found you today on Youtube …loved your video… have renewed hope now…could you please direct me to your shade guru…or if you design and make shades for your business and shop…? Thank you so much …Live in Dallas, Texas …

  13. I wish that more table lamps were "French" wired. What is that? Simple, the wire comes out of the lamp socket outside of the lamp so that you don't wreck the ceramic vase in many cases and frankly, in many situations, French wiring is more sophisticated in style. I wish people would no take tips from the likes of HGTV and DYI. Horrid stuff for the unsuspecting middle class. No barn doors unless it is a barn. No farm sinks unless it is a farm house and no vessel sinks the bathroom. Always use under mount sinks as they are easier to clean. In interior design – Less IS more. Declutter and keep only the best of the best things.

  14. Overhead lights or any fixture that exposes the bulb is out for me. As an O negative blood type, I'm very sensitive to glare. Lamps rock!

  15. This was great. Thanks. But aren't we done with big clocks on walls? They're cliches. Personally, I'm so over them.

  16. Love all of the lamps and tips you featured today. In an open concept home, with living/den/dining/entry open to each other, would you mix up more than 3 of these lamp styles if they are in sight-line of each other? Thanks (anyone who knows ;).

  17. This is a very informative video. Where is the best place to buy lampshades? Thanks for all the great tips.

  18. the style of that large rectangle shaded lamp is modern and does not look right with that rustic table and accessories.

  19. Please please eliminate any music !!! This piano particularly gets on my toots !!! I was about to subscribe as I just saw another video of yours,but this bloody music has put me off.

  20. Absolutely love the wrought iron with the mesh shade and tall edison bulbs. We’re building a new lake house, and the rustic touch is very appealing to me and totally suits the esthetic of the location. I’ve got to find a Canadian source for this lamp…or something very similar!

    You are such a great decorator too!
    Patty sending you blessings from Colorado 🙏❤️🙏

  22. A woman after my own heart! Excellent information. Thanks for sharing. And what would home be without lamps? Yes, lamps! Lots of lamps!

  23. Great video. I learned that instead of just running to Home Depot to buy a standing lamp to improve my favorite reading chair, I should stop by a lamp store and talk to a professional about my lighting needs.

  24. I thought I was the only crazy lamp lady. I have 8 in my living room/entry. I mostly have 25 watt bulbs. I don’t like glare or too much light in one spot. It’s very balanced.

    QUESTION: what is the prep to paint a brass lamp? I have some I’d like to paint.

  25. I never use overhead lighting, except the dimmer in the dinning. I cannot stand going to a party or shower in a home where they have nothing but overhead lighting in the kitchen and living rooms. It's weird and seems lazy. The lighting is horrible.

  26. Love the lamp tips! Those remotes for lamps are the bomb! My husband has these throughout our home too. They make great gifts😉

  27. Can you talk about caring for linen shades? Or fabric ones? I have two Ralph Lauren blue china lamps that flank our bed but I struggle with how to clean them. Thanks! New subscriber here!

  28. Put the lamp in front of a mirror or even certain pieces of wall art, and that would be fine. But not in front of a wall clock

  29. Didn't like your picking of the second lamp, since the one you chose over the first in place, covered a part of the wall deco. It was proportioned with the table, but shadowed the decoration of the wall behind. Like better the smaller lamp. BUT liked this video, gave my thumb up and look forward to watch your other videos.

  30. You are so classy and beauty Full! Couldn’t help myself saying that! Where have I been all this time? Seriously, loved the channel

  31. Beautiful shop and You did a great job on your lamp makeover! My husband says the same thing about turning off all the lights! 💖

  32. Personally, I think the smaller white lamp at 1:15 is aesthetically more pleasing to look at on that console, with that design arramgement, than the lamp it was replaced with.

  33. This is just her opinion…she doesn't even talk about the lamp should be of good quality…you buy a cheap lamp it may last for a few yrs..good quality will last for 20 to many more yrs…you can have beauty and quality…

  34. I’m a Hairstylist so probably know how to tune music and/or background noise off. I somehow heard you just fine. Thanks for the info, very helpful. 🙏🏽❤️

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