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. Hi Jennifer, I don't like to walk into a dark room so I have lamps everywhere and use 40 watt also. I love all the lamps you showed and what a great idea to paint and old dated lamp instead of getting rid of it. PS Love your store!!

  2. Jennifer is there a rule about the size of shade for the lamp? Is it supposed to cover a certain length on the lamp? I was hoping you would share that.

  3. Hello Jennifer, Great tips on lamps. Also, you did a great job on the white lamp. Thank you for the inspiration.

  4. Just found your channel n subscribed! I too love lamps n have them – several – in each room. Love this video! Thanks.

  5. I like best the mesh lampshade one.
    What kind of shape would you recommend for a shade on a ballshaped lampbase?
    At the moment there is a cylindrical shaped shade on it, but I am not happy with it.
    Thanks in advance.

  6. I had no idea there were other lamp addicts out there. I live for ambient lighting! I'll be binge watching for the remainder of the afternoon! Thanks

  7. Your awesome Jennifer! I love all your wonderful tips! Your store is lovely!😊 keep the videos coming.

  8. Jennifer, GREAT VIDEO! Your store looks fabulous. I am also a lamp person, in my home and at the store where I work.

  9. My favourite was the lamp you had made from a fire extinguisher and the lamp you made over Both were exquisite

  10. Lamp heights are what seem to confuse me most. Your video was great and I look forward to more informational videos. Thanks!!

  11. Loved your tips! I too have done brass-to ORB make-overs on lamps. Need to try Chalk Paint on some of my dark ones. Thanks! Oh, my favorite one is the fire extinguisher. I bought a copper one second-hand years ago to turn into a lamp. I was looking for a place to polish it, so it's been sitting there -lol-may have to try chalk paint on that one too to finally turn it into a lamp.

  12. I totally agree with you! Lamps & mirrors are a must have, they accessorize a space with so much & both are easy to makeover!

  13. Loved your lamp education! Also found your updating info very useful. The music was a little distracting only because it had too much movement… tempo too fast.

  14. Hola me encanta tus vídeos aunque no entiendo tu idioma . Me gustaría mucho que pusieras subtítulos en español gracias que estés bien

  15. I am the same way about symmetry in the bedroom and each side of the sofa ( I know a lot will disagree!)
    I love lamps! I love being cozy comfortable feeling they give at night vs having a ceiling light on. I got a gold lamp that had a crack in it for free so I filled the crack with caulk & used makeup sponges to dab black, brown and beige to make it look like stone. Love your videos 👍❤

  16. I have recently become a lamp addict in the last 6 months. I wish I could show you pictures. I saw one today from a thrift store that was made of prisms. It's about 24" high and I need a shade. I only do thrift stores as often as possible and I do a lot of making over. Cast-iron is excellent. Stainless steel is amazing. I'm now discovering glass and prisms and you name it.

    I've been a clock enthusiast for many years. The bigger the clock the better I like it. If you can do a show on large wall clocks that would be really cool. You have a new subscriber

  17. Hi Jennifer. Great video. Any suggestions on the kind of floor lamp that looks awesome yet casts bright light in a room? Like washes the room with light? I am thinking of a lamp with a light that shines up (for a living room) Thank you from Dave and me.

  18. Hi Jennifer! I just recently discovered your channel and I LOVE it!! We are currently in the process of ridding our home of “stuff” as we have five children ages 4-16 and we are preparing to move. I’m so excited because your design style matches mine and we’re going to be giving each child their own room (😱) and I’m not quite sure how to design their individual spaces. I am currently binge watching your channel for tips and ideas. Thank you very much for sharing your talent! Have a blessed day!!

  19. wonderful ideas…..I have a lamp I love and it sits slightly to the side but does cover a small area of a picture….You have made me feel wonderful about my lamp and my picture.Where are you located?

  20. 1.54 table lamp totally wrong and looks cluttered against that backdrop of a huge clock. The lamp itself is lovely.

  21. Am I the only one who heard the screeching in the video? I thought my ears were just ringing but it stopped every time I paused. Lol I was blessed with perfect hearing, cant say the same about my vision. Other than that great video.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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?

  25. ❤️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?

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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 !

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

  30. 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!

  31. 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?

  32. 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.

  33. 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 …

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

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

  37. 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 ;).

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

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

  40. 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.

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