Wednesday, 5 March 2014


Though the primary requirement of a lamp is to shed light, in actual reality, it does more than that. It reflects the mind and mood of the selector.Lighting up walls is a way of one's expression, a candid admission of one's view of life.

Lamps shed a serene atmosphere in a home.Their emission of light adds to the elegance of the decor. The ambience fitting any mood is brought in, by the shape and style of them and by the intensity of light they emit. The functionality of lamps is varied.There is a wide collection to opt from.Different types of bulbs, lamps and lampshades had flooded the market. It is worth taking that extra effort to select the right option keeping in mind the budget, functionality and appearance to illuminate the home.

Placing the Lamps:
While selecting lighting for a room, normally two criteria are considered. The first one relates to the carpet area. For a room of area 20 x 10 feet approximately, three to four lamps are appropriate. Twin lampshades can be used to double the brightness. The other criterion to be thought over is the utility of the room. I fit is the living room or bed room the illumination and brightness of the bulbs need not be more. If it is a dining room or family room that involves people of all ages coming together, it is advisable to make it a brightly lit up space. Elders and kids always feel comfortable and at ease in a sufficiently luminous room.

Lamps or Lampshades are not advisable in the kitchen or the children's room. Their functionality is not much in these rooms as they emit subdued yellow light. It could be better to use tube lights in the kitchen or the children's room.

Choosing a wall and selecting it to hold a lamp fitting is not an easy and abrupt selection process. Because the appropriate wall selection goes a long way in contributing to the lighting in the room.A wall can be either plain or with niches, windows, doors or openings.Therefore, it could be challenging to select the right lamp and light to illuminate the wall arid the room by adding to the decor as well as lending brightness to the interiors.

In today's modem world, space is the major constraint; however, it is difficult to have a totally "undisturbed" wall. Sometimes a wall gets isolated because too much attention has been paid to other walls caused by the furniture arrangement. This can be rectified by fitting this neglected wall with a lamp and nice- looking lampshade to complete the picture.

Normally, the lamps can be fitted in between two windows, above the curtain rod, along two comers of an arch or along two walls of an L-shaped room. It is really wonderful to see how a lamp can lend charm to the entire home by changing an otherwise dull corridor into a bright space.Lamps as a convention need not be necessarily fixed on the walls.Tall lamps with beautiful lampshades can be placed along with the edge between two walls to create a superb and stunning effect.

Shapes and Styles:
Lampshades are available in different kinds of materials like paper, glass, frosted or stained glass and plaster.Permutations and combinations could be tried to coordinate with the other accessories in a room like the furniture, carpet, flower vases and paintings.A perforated lampshade throwing light across a wall also lights up the room through the countless patches of light falling everywhere.A very contemporary lighting solution is a 'V'shaped lampshade throwing light along the height of the wall, focusing on a painting or a wall hanging.

Here, however the distance between the lamp and the painting has to be judged accurately to avoid a 'shadowing' problem that is the focused light getting filled with shadows of the painting thereby nullifying the lighting effect. This kind of focusing and lamp fixture if done on a slightly dark colored wall makes it look vibrant and creates the correct setting.

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