Lighting Tips to Help Sell Your Home

When it comes to moving to a new house, we all know that people can be picky when viewing a home that has the potential to become theirs – which is why we’ve come up with these tips to help you in future!

A lot of people don’t realise that their personal lighting preferences may actually put off a potential buyer, for example if a kitchen is lit solely with fluorescent lights, it could make the space appear a lot smaller than it actually is. 

  1. Ensure all lighting is cleaned

This might seem like an obvious one, but it’s often forgotten about. If the light fixtures or the oven light are greasy, dirty or discoloured they need to be cleaned or replaced, you should also replace the bulb with the highest wattage recommended to ensure optimum light. For diffusing plastic, if this is discoloured or cracked it needs to be replaced, if you are not in a position to do this you could paint over the fixture, as this will give it a lower profile and make it look smaller. 

  1. Consider installing under cabinet lighting

The addition of under cabinet lighting can improve the light in task areas such as worktops. When showing your house, the lights are switched on and off frequently from entering and exiting rooms but also to show the prospective buyers they are there – so having the addition of under cabinet lighting is sure to impress. 

  1. Evaluate your window décor

We all like to have matching items that fit with the themes of our rooms, but do you have a set of dark fully lined curtains matching the centre piece of the room? As these could be making the room look extremely dark, even when they are open. Purchasing cheap and light-coloured curtains will allow more light into the room, making it appear bigger and brighter. The windows should also be cleaned to remove any glare and dirty marks. 

  1. Look after ceiling fixtures

If your overhead ceiling fixture is discoloured or cracked, we recommend replacing it. They are easily replaced and will almost certainly improve the appearance of any room in your home. If the central fixture is in good condition but covered in dirt/bugs/cobwebs, clean the glass shade and make sure the highest wattage bulbs are in place to ensure optimum brightness. 

  1. Fix outdoor lights

As many of us work full-time during the week and even weekends, it is easier to view a house in the evening when it’s darker. However, it’s going to be slightly off putting if you arrive and the outdoor lights don’t work. It is also a sign of neglect if the fixtures don’t work, are damaged or just need replaced. Don’t overlook the importance of exterior fixtures and make sure all of them work and have the best wattage bulbs to help make that good first impression count. 

  1. Consider a lick of paint

With all the tips mentioned previously, these may not be used to their full advantage if your walls are painted a dark colour, we know darker colours are great for creating that ‘cosy’ vibe, but it can make the room look half the size and could have a negative effect on the buyer. Covering the walls with a more neutral and lighter colour will open the room right up – and will help the effectiveness of your lighting changes! 

  1. Replacing lampshades

Many homeowners don’t realise their lampshades are tiring and darkening but this happens over time due to the amount of exposure to electric light. Many continue to buy higher wattage bulbs to compensate for darkening lampshades, which ironically cause the lampshade to deteriorate faster.

Replacing old and darkened lampshades allows the best brightness available – it is also helpful to take older shades with you when shopping so you can ensure the size is the best fit. 

  1. Adding a welcoming touch

Adding some solar lights along the walkway/entrance to your front door is an inexpensive and easy way to add a welcoming touch to potential buyers. If you don’t have a walkway, you could place them around your back garden to add some brightness in the evening. These will not replace exterior lighting but are a great additional touch to give a welcoming glow and send a positive message, show you care about your property and its surroundings. 

We hope these tips help you, and when on the lookout for new shades as per tip 7, take a look through our online store for a range of bright and light lightshades.

March 14, 2019 by Dave Simpson

Is It Time To Replace Those Tired & Worn Out Lampshades?

Although we are in the depths of winter a quick glance at the calendar reveals that, in fact, we are only a few weeks away from spring. Inevitably, for many of us that means our thoughts are turning to spring cleaning and giving our home a fresh new look.



One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to give your home a funky new look is to change the lighting and, more specifically, the lampshades.

Replacement lampshades come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and materials and, at first, the choice may seem daunting but, with a little imagination, a bit of research and of course with some help from us, it’s easy to end up with a beautiful piece of lighting that is a real talking point with your family and guests.

Whether you are looking for modern and stylish or funky and unique, we’ve got something for everyone.

Modern & Stylish

We have a range of different styles we’re sure will fit with the current décor of your home, or with completely new décor.
For example, we have these beautiful pendant lights which can be bought individually or in sets, we personally think they give off a great modern and rustic balance – and they would look great in a room with a darker décor.

Funky & Unique

We didn’t get our name from just anywhere… are you looking for something quirky to add to your home? We have many colourful and outgoing products and are sure you’ll find something to suit your personality and home.

One of our personal favourites, the Eldog range is sure to be a great conversation piece in your lounge, or even a good night light for a young child – it’s up to you.

We hope you find the right lamp for you in your search.
February 18, 2019 by Dave Simpson

Spice Up Your Home With Some Mix & Match Lampshades

There are so many different kinds of lampshades to choose from nowadays, it’s no longer just your average paper shades in a range of different colours. How can you possibly decide what it is that you want?

You don’t have to! Clashing being a big no is a thing of the past, so why not mix and match different colours, patterns and styles to add a bit of quirk and fun to your home.

Size

Before choosing a lamp, you need to look at the proportions of your room and where the lampshade or lamp is going to go, as you don’t want it to be overbearing to the room or get lost into the ceiling, so ensuring you get the perfect size to suit you is essential.

It should be easy to judge the shape and size of your lamp/shade if you don’t already know the specific sizes, but you also need to review the vertical location width and length as this will determine whether your chosen product will fit in the desired space perfectly.

Style

What style are you looking for in your home, contemporary, traditional, antique, funky and more – it’s important you know what you want the lamp to portray before looking. As well as this, do you want it to be a statement piece in the room or just work to point towards the real statement piece.

Now that you have the practicalities out of the way, you can start seriously looking into the colours and patterns best suited to you.

Why not incorporate a lighthouse lampshade into your dining room to create an elegant ambiance while hosting dinner? This creates the illusion of light coming from multiple locations with only one bulb and creates a stunning optical effect.

Or choose from a range of colours in our Eos feather shades made from collections of goose feathers which help to create a truly unique and soft lighting, these would be great for a bedroom or living area.

 

February 11, 2019 by Patrick Nielsen

How To Go Green In Style

These days, a growing number of us are striving to live a cleaner, greener lifestyle. One of the simplest, and most popular ways towards a greener lifestyle is to switch to energy efficient lighting.

At Funky Lampshades we really understand how important good lighting is when creating a relaxing atmosphere or vibrant workplace, even for good home security, but we also know that good lighting doesn’t have to be boring. Take a look at our amazing Bowler Hat lampshades, for example. These amazing designs can incorporate modern day efficiency with British traditions to add a quirky feel to any room.

We have found in recent months there has also been a growth in the number of companies producing eco-friendly light fixtures. Take, for example, the fig range of lamp shades. Not only are these beautifully designed to create an ambient glow, but they are made from strong and durable polypropylene which is also 100% recyclable.

Consumption

To begin with we recommend reducing your consumption by getting rid of conventional incandescent bulbs – they are a thing of the past. Changing to Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) can help to both cut energy consumption and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and they also last up to 10 times longer than the old bulbs by using between 50% and 80% less electricity.

CFL bulbs give off a warm and natural light that is just as easy, if not easier, to fit than your old bulbs. Why not brighten up that warm light with one of our bright Loopy-Lu lampshades or create a more relaxed atmosphere with our calm and elegant Eos lampshades.

By making this switch in bulbs, you’ll be doing your part to help the changing environment. Alongside this, you could take a look at our durable and long lasting lampshades, which could save you on frequent recyclables, here.

February 04, 2019 by Patrick Nielsen

How to remove dust from a feather lampshade

The Eos feather lampshade is an attractive and striking object, made from authentic bird feathers positioned on a paper core by hand. The Eos can be used either as a hanging pendant light using either an existing rose cable or alternatively as the perfect partner to a free-standing lamp stand or tripod.

Maintaining is extremely simple by using a hairdryer from time to time. All you require to do is set your hairdryer on its lowest setting, then rotate the lampshade while blowing all loose dust and dirt off all the feathers. After this, take a small soft bristled brush, of the type that can be used to brush a newborn baby’s hair. Failing this, use a sable paintbrush, or another feather. Using this, then gently brush the feathers of the lampshade, following the direction of the feathers.

 After this, dip the utensil that you used to brush into a bowl of water, having first added a drop of liquid soap. The lampshade feathers should then be brushed again, using this treated utensil, again in the direction of the feathers, all to remove any excessive grime. Then rinse the utensil thoroughly and dip into a bowl of plain water (no soap). Brush the feathers gently with this, which should remove any residue.

The final stage is then to blow dry the shade with a hairdryer, and then, using a dry utensil, brush all feathers back into shape.

November 28, 2018 by Patrick Nielsen

Scandinavian Design / Feather Lampshades

 

When you think of the definition ‘Scandinavian Design’, it should suggest clean white spaces, light, rustic woodland and elegant functionalism in home furnishings. The term can be used to cover the various Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland), and many of these characteristics that we think of as “Scandi” have come from the climate and materials available. Light is important, as Scandinavians have so much of this in the summer months but long dark winters without it, so their designs tend to maximise the amount of natural light in a room, letting in and reflecting as much light as they can. Think of the Finnish and Swedish woodlands, where the twin influences of nature and the weather produce ways for the home to be made warm and inviting, incorporating rustic wooden furniture; always there is a link to the natural environment.

Since first gaining attention internationally at an Italian design show in 1947, Scandinavian design has gone on to be influenced by a variety of 20th century European art movements and remain at the forefront of design right up to the present day. One such modern classic of Scandinavian design is the company UMAGE (formerly Vita Copenhagen). They make affordable lighting of Scandinavian design, and were founded in Denmark in 2008, with the aim of creating quality lamps combining aesthetics, simplicity and functionality, infused with craftsmanship and environmental care.

Since their introduction in 2012, the range of ‘Eos’ lampshades, made from real silvery-soft white goose feathers, have become an eye-catching design classic. Available in six different sizes, the shades can provide the finishing touch to any modern interior with their sophisticated and elegant cloud-like look. It can be used either on a free-standing lamp or as a hanging pendant light. Beneath the feathered exterior is an oval-shaped paper shade, which seals the bulb inside. When switched off, the Eos shade looks like a piece of art, and when switched on, the feathered shade helps to create a warm soft glow.

November 06, 2018 by Patrick Nielsen

How to get Hygge

Hygge certainly has been a buzz word for 2016. A quick search on Amazon brings up over 20 book titles enabling you to become a 'hygge' expert. In its most simplistic definition its the Danish way to living well. The Danes (and I am one myself) are obsessed with lighting, both creating light through candles and also lamps. Names such as Arne Jacobsen, Poul Henningsen (manufactured by Louis Poulsen) and Verner Panton have become World renowned with iconic pieces such as: The PH Lamp, Verner Panton Lamp and Le Klint.

 PH50Verner Panton LampLe-Klint-Danish-lighting

Visit Denmark and you will see for yourself the Danes tend to have pockets of lighting as opposed to one big focal light or lamp that overpowers a room in one particular spot.

One of our best selling lamp shades does this to perfection, used either as a table lamp, ceiling pendant light or floor lamp The Vita Eos is truly 'hyggeligt'

 

December 30, 2016 by Patrick Nielsen

Sompex Lighting comes to funkylampshades.com

We are now official stockists of Sompex Lighting of Germany! We are pretty excited to bring this brand to our customers. Sensibly priced and with a great selection of table lamps, hanging pendant and much more we are sure you'll find the Sompex lighting range has something to flick the right buttons.

Iconic products include the super cute Doggy Table Lamp  and the dachshund owners favourite the adorable Eldog

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Available in a selection of gorgeous colours (including gold, copper, chrome and neon yellow!) these little puppies are a welcome addition to any home. These playful chaps won't bark, chew your shoes or steal food from the table. Just give you hours of joy! (and comments from visitors). Flick the switch (on it's lead of course) to see the Eldog's long body light up with a warm glow. The Doggy on the other hand is more of a traditional table lamp with the light shade being positioned at the head of the dog. So go on give a dog a home! if not in your own home we all know a dog lover that would fall head of heels for a new addition to their family.

Sompex lighting

 

For an ultra contemporary look there's the Cage pendant lights which come in 2 super stylish finishes; choose from the ever so fashionable and bang of trend this autumn/winter Copper or the timeless Satin finish.

Available in 3 sizes (Diameter 35/45/60cm) we are confident that whether a single cage or a trio of 3 these beauties will absolutely transfer any living space. There's no doubt lighting can change the feel of a room and the cage pendant is one of those that will have you saying "why didn't I change these lights ages ago".

Too see the full range of Sompex lights we are stocking simply click here.

 

 

October 31, 2016 by Patrick Nielsen

Wild Wood by Wild & Wolf

Wild Wood Paper lamp shades by Wild & Wolf

We are delighted to be stocking the gorgeous Wild & Wolf lighting range Wild Wood. A range of five truly unique and absolutely stunning lamp shades. Bang on trend with this seasons autumn colours such as; English Mustard, Swedish Green and Concrete Grey these lamp shades will not disappoint. Complete with a gift box should you be buying for another (although we highly recommend treating yourself to one or two). Screen printed on vintage presses, every pleat and crease is hand folded to create not just stylish but super contemporary lamp shades. Assembly barely takes a minute due to the clever design using small magnets to fix the shades together.

October 09, 2016 by Patrick Nielsen

How to assemble a loopy lu

Whilst all our loopys come with printed instructions which can also be found here once the loopy lu is assembled the final piece of the jigsaw is how it attaches to the light fitting itself. So we thought we'd point you in the direction of the youtube video below:

August 01, 2016 by Patrick Nielsen