The Lampshade Company Wins Bronze Award!

The Lampshade Company is proud to announce that we won the Bronze Award for Small Business website at the Essex Digital Awards 2017 yesterday evening!

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The awards evening took place at the prestigious Boreham House in Chelmsford yesterday evening. Despite the down pour of rain and nearly having to paddle a boat down the A12 to attend the evening, it was a fantastic night. This is the 3rd year we have attended the Essex Digital Awards, and we are still proud to have won the Gold award for Small Business website the year before last.

 

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I think it’s time to get the drill out to make a hole in the wall to put up another award, what a great way to end the week!

Have a great weekend.

Angela Berry & Team

Good Lighting – Bigger Rooms

Good lighting – Bigger rooms

I am sure that you have been confronted with the dilemma of making that small space, in which you have been forced to cram your life, seem larger. We have been there too. It is really a challenge, but when you have finished your re-decoration, that small crammed, claustrophobic space is going to transform into a cosy, Zen-like retreat.

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This is the most common problem with which homeowners need to deal with. We are designed to think that every little bit of our lives needs to be present and in a small space, everything counts. But we have a very good news! The key to achieve this performance of designing a space in which seems barely big enough to fit all our day-to-day commodities and furniture, to seem large and breathable, is maybe easier than you have imagined.

There is no need for a long chat with an architect or a builder. You just need to trick your eye into believing that your room increasingly feels larger and more spacious. As you might have guessed from the article title, by simply modify and arrange the lighting in your room, you can generate this effect. This which will not only make your room feel bigger, but more inviting, utterly chic and multi-functional at the same time!

It is essential to maximise lighting, either we are talking about daylight and artificial light. This is an underrated aspect of designing a room, which deprives you of that positively affect which light provides.

Daylight – a delight (when available)

Who doesn’t enjoy the brightness of the Sun, warming up the entire room? Allowing natural light into your home is the best decision. It not only connects interior with the outdoors, but it makes it look more inviting and nevertheless, larger. Big, wide and uncovered windows should be on your to do list.

But, if, for privacy reasons, or unpleasable view, you can use sheer, simple window coverings. For example, it’s advisable to use wood or metal patterns, stripes or light colour curtains. Furthermore, you can use small vases with flowers or plants, which are not interfering with the natural light.

Artificial light – your chance to become creative

Daylight is one of the most impressive and effective ways to create a successful illusion of space, but what happens when the Sun sets? What happens when you don’t have enough natural light? For a small room, it’s important to use the correct visual impact and style of the light.

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All the corners of the room should be lit. If they are not, make sure you fix this issue! A single centre of attraction, in this case, a single ceiling light will create a vignette, an unnecessary dark shroud, which creates the feeling of a small room. And this is what we try to avoid. An easy solution is always built-in spotlights in the ceiling, but why limit ourselves? The built-in spotlights are not creating any impact on our design.

Just add a low hanging ceiling pendant shade, which will create a vertical line, because they throw an intense light down, creating the effect of a faded space above. It will make the room both look and feel lighter, airy, unfastened and on top of that, it makes it more styled. These pendant shades come in all styles and sizes, as you can see from our website. This is a simple trick to be used to turn an ordinary room intro a fabulous and extraordinary retreat.

A central point of interest is not the main aim. There should be certainly both a distribution and variation of light sources in the room. Research undertaken on the importance of lighting proved that we perceive a wide range of lights coming from different locations in a non-uniform distribution to be pleasant, as it is similar to the ways in which the Sun rays function. There should be always enough other types of sources, such as lights on the walls, bookshelf, floor and table lamps.

If you want, for example to create a stylish effect, you can play with the dramatic usage of shadows. Focus the lights on walls and ceilings, if they are white or a different pale-light colour. Or, you can definitely focus the light on a certain object, be it a painting, sculpture or a family picture. The walls will look faded; therefore, they create the illusion that the room is larger than it is.

A vast majority of shadows is compressed on bookshelves and shelves in general. If you want to create a futuristic, minimal design, you should try inserting LED strip lights and illuminate the darkness spaces between shelves. On the other hand, if you are more inclined to a traditional and cosy atmosphere, you should use a small table lamp or spot-lights to accentuate the furniture.

If the kitchen is your problem, you can consider it to be solved. Instead of using high-celling pendant light, why not use it just above the table? It creates an Italian restaurant atmosphere with a pinch of that childhood cosiness.

Types of light

Choosing the right light colour of your bulb is more important than you have thought. Bulbs usually create a warm, cosy and inviting atmosphere, with that yellowish glow. But, the halogen achieves the performance of brightening up a small space, with a bright white light, but it lacks on creating an atmosphere.

What we advise you to do? Combine all kinds of light! Now, the LED technology offers you a wide range of ambiance lights, from a cold, harsh light to a warm, delightful light.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading!

Angela Berry & Team x

So what do our clients really think about us?

As you know, we’re extremely passionate about making lampshades! But even more importantly what do our customers think about our products and service?

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Here’s what our clients say:

“I found that there was a big gap in the lampshade market just aching to be filled by a company offering a truly personal approach to design, manufacturing and delivery. It’s difficult to find companies who sell lampshades in a large choice of colours, designs and fabrics, finished to a high standard that are of a mid-price range. 

For me, The Lampshade Company encompasses all of these things. After contacting The Lampshade Company I had a great conversation with Angela, the founder, about her expertise and the designs and fabrics which are available. Dealing with Angela direct really gave my experience the personal touch. 

The products which I ordered from The Lampshade Company arrived in excellent condition and much quicker than any other trade company I have ordered from before. My client was 100% happy with the quality and style of the product and I have used The Lampshade Company again and again since then.” 

Furthermore, the Dean & Co Interiors, a family run business offers bespoke handmade curtains and blinds, which are designed to add elegance and character to any room, as they have a wide range of classic and contemporary fabric designs.

This is what they have revealed about us:

“I’ve known Angie for many years, so I was delighted when she Sanderson Dandelion Clocks Lamp Shade, Red Dandelion Clocks Lamp Shade, Lampshade, Lamp Shade, Sanderson Red Lamp Shade, The Lampshade Companycontacted me and arranged to visit and show me the excellent products being created at The Lampshade Company. Upon seeing the product range I knew they would be well received by our customers, and complement the high-end, bespoke curtains and blinds that Dean & Co is renowned for creating. 

The Lampshade Company offers a wonderful range of quality fabrics in many different patterns so our clients enjoy co-ordinated lampshades and curtains, all made to the highest possible standards. I was very impressed with the number of sizes available to choose from, which is very helpful as we work with a range of different sized interiors.

Each and every time I deal with The Lampshade Company team, I find that their knowledge of the products is second to none and they are always pleasant to liaise with. In addition to this, The Lampshade Company is able to deliver products quickly, ensuring that our clients can always enjoy a prompt and professional service.”

And last, but not least, Glasswells, the largest independent department store in East Anglia focuses on supplying your home with only excellent quality products, ranging from furniture to homewares.

Here is what they think about us:

“I first came across The Lampshade Company when I mentioned I was in need of a bespoke service to my Harlequin Fabrics representative. When she recommended The Lampshade Company I knew I had to try their products. The biggest draw for me was the very reasonable price and locality. We always try to support local businesses’ were possible so The Lampshade Company was the Extra Large Lamp Shades, Extra Large Lampshades, Commercial Lamp Shade, Bespoke Commercial Lamp Shade perfect fit for Glasswells. 

Looking on the website, it was very professional and easy to navigate.  I was able to cost eleven oversized shades ranging from 20cm to 100cm in diameter using my own selection of vintage fabric for a display to celebrate Glasswells 70th Anniversary”.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading what our customers think about us! If you’re a current customer please feel free to add your review, it would be great to receive your feedback!

Until next time,

Angela Berry & Team x

 

A Day To Remember!

It has been there in old and modern times, a bastion of British politics ranking in importance against even the White House, and is seen one of the most important political buildings in the World. Have your guessed where we are…..if you are still undecided, let us give you a hint:

The Lampshade Company Visits Number 10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street has been the official residence of British Prime Ministers since 1735. This black door holds some of the country’s deepest secrets, indeed for the last 275 years has witnessed some of the most important decisions affecting Britain and in some cases the world.

On the other hand, behind this door, not only the fate of the country is decided, but countless formal and informal events and receptions are held here in what is seemingly a small terraced (house) building. The guest list is impressive, from Her Majesty The Queen, several presidents of the United States, the Pope, Ghandi and many other influential world leaders including our director Angela Berry.

By now, I suppose you know about #SmallBusinessSaturday UK, but if the answer is no, don’t worry! We are going to remind you. Small Business Saturday UK is a non-commercial, grassroots campaign which aims to promote, highlight, support and encourage small business to thrive in their communities, as they invite people to shop local.

The Lampshade Company is Named One of The Small Business 100 of 2016 as part of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is an excellent organisation to follow if you want to celebrate the fact that over 99% of UK businesses are SME’s or put another way there were 5.4m SME’s in the UK in 2016. These businesses are the life blood of the country offering both outstanding local quality, great service and often a splash of creativity. Small business doesn’t have the marketing budgets and public profiles of large corporates, but they have the passion and dedication of ordinary individuals who dare to dream.

As you have may (or may not) have heard, along with other recognition, we have won the ‘Gold Award for Small Business Website’ and we are proud to be part of the  top 100 Small Businesses of 2016 that have been selected by Small Business Saturday #SmallBiz100.

You may ask yourself now. What is the link between 10 Downing Street and Small Business Saturday? One simple word: a reception! Along with 99 SME companies, The Lampshade Company visited and exhibited in 10 Downing Street. And to top that off, the Small Business Minister Margot James was there! And we have the proof, of course:

Angela Berry Director of the Lampshade Company Visits Number 10 Downing Street and meets Margot James

As her house was the place in which we have celebrated, it was important to know that the Prime Minister, Theresa May was excited about both the achievement and the recognition of the hard work that the small businesses across the country put into their products and services. She stated the importance of small business:

“Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for us to celebrate the success of the UK’s 5.4 million small businesses – from family run restaurants, to innovative tech start-ups, to local corner shops. I’m delighted that we had such a great representation of firms here in Downing Street to mark this event and recognise the prosperity they bring to the UK.”

Angela Berry director of The Lampshade Company outside Number 10 Downing Street

Our director Angela was more than excited to be there (you are going to see that, actually. Stay on the blog for more). But first, here is the ‘official’ declaration of our director, Angela Berry:

“We had an amazing day and we are so delighted to have attended SmallBiz100. It was great meeting other business owners like myself. Gaining a local customer base and receiving support from the community is very important to us and Small Biz 100 is great in showcasing the significance of small businesses within society.”

And here is what you have been waiting for! The pure excitement, emotion and gratitude! We are going to let the video play and say the story on its own. To add to the fun, could you please count how many times Angela say’s number 10?

 

 

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

 

 

How to make your house cosy this winter using beautiful lampshades!

As the nights draw in we start to think about lighting as we switch on our lights earlier. If we consciously think about our lighting and lampshades and how we use them, we can create a warm atmosphere within our homes that will see us through the dark winter nights, creating a cosy living space.

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correctly to really make the most out of your interior.

 

 

1. No to chrome or nickel

Avoid shiny, chrome or nickel lamp bases which create a cold clinical feel. Instead choose a bronze or gold lamp base with a brushed or matt finish for a much warmer feel in your room. If you prefer a wooden, stone or terracotta lamp base this will also create the cosy and warm effect you are looking for.

2. Colour

Choosing the correct colour of your Emma-Bridgewater-Lamp-Shade-Figs-Yellowlamp shades is very important. Colours such as red, yellow, orange or hot pink will give your room a cosy feel.

3. Lining

HLiberty of London Lamp Shade Kate Ada Mosaicaving the correct lining on the inside of your lampshade can make all the difference. A gold metallic lining inside your lampshade will reflect warm light around the room.

4. Pendant shades

Ceiling pendants light shades give any interior a glamorous feel. Finishing a ceiling pendant shade with a diffuser will spread the glare of the blub, creating a much softer light.

5. Chandeliers

Choose ceiling chandeliers with lampshades covering each bulb as this will make the light in your room much softer.

6. Say no to daylight bulbs

Steer clear of daylight bulbs as they give off blue tones which will make your room feel cold. Instead use energy saving soft pearl bulbs, or LED bulbs that look just like the old Edison incandescent giving the decor a lovely warm glow.

7. Layering light

Layers of light will create a cosy atmosphere; you can achieve this by using different indirect lighting methods. Use soft lighting without glare and combine them. You can do this by using table lamps, floor lamps, wall lights, overhead lighting and chandeliers. Candles are a beautiful finishing touch.

8. Dimmer switches

A dimmer switch for overhead lighting will help to create the mood lighting you desire at any time within the room. You can switch from bright reading lighting to soft romantic lighting very easily.

I hope you’ve found this information useful.

Many thanks,

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.