Harold’s Time Machine

Ever wonder what you were doing last year at this time? We do! And lucky for us, we’ve got Facebook to help us out!

This is what we were doing last year, yesterday:

Harold’s was LIVE on Facebook! Just another rainy Saturday in the Seattle lighting shop! Watch Cheryl in receiving while Kim takes us on a tour of our lighting store! This year doesn’t look much different, aside from a ton of new shades, modern pendants, chandeliers, lamps and sconces in our showroom! You gotta come check out the new light fixtures, shades and accessories we have in stock.

Oh the memories!

While we were traveling down memory lane, we found another Facebook LIVE video from early 2017. This time, a full tour of our Seattle Lighting Showroom!

Stop by our Wallingford lighting store for your own personal tour today!

Happy Valentine’s Day From Harold’s Lighting!

It can be argued that Valentine’s Day is just a dumb holiday made up by corporations in order to make an extra buck. That may be true, but what good does it do dwelling on it? We like think of this fun holiday as a good time to think about the people we love in our lives and to show appreciation for them. Whether or not you have a special someone right now, we bet you can think of someone in your life that is special to you. Today is the day to let them know how grateful you are they are in your life!

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Now, while we’re on the subject, we’d be missing a big opportunity to talk about romance. Romance and lighting that is! Surprisingly, proper lighting can go a long way in setting the mood! Here are a few tips on how you can set the mood with lighting:

Dimmers

Installing dimmers can be the easiest way to help set the mood. The most popular rooms to have these install are the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. These rooms need lots of light to perform tasks (kitchen, and bathroom especially), so having the ability to dim after the tasks have been performed is key. Read our post about the reasons to install a dimmer here »

Dim lighting is important not only in the home. Notice the lighting in your favorite restaurants next time you’re out and about… we bet they aren’t lit up like a cafeteria!

Colored Lights

Different colored lights, when done correctly, can look amazing. They can create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Look for colored bulbs or lamp shades that give off warm and flattering light. Please be careful in this realm! Colored lights can go tacky if not done correctly. Ask a lighting professional at Harold’s Lighting in Seattle for help if in doubt!

Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are a great way to add a layer of light that adds warmth to a space. Wall sconces can bounce light off walls and create flattering shadows. Using just the sconces as a lighting layer can create a romantic feel as the perimeter of a room is lit while the center is darker, which makes things feel more cozy.

While trying to create an overall warmer and romantic atmosphere remember these things:

  • COLOR TEMPERATURE: Keep the temperature of your bulbs warm. Stay away from “cool” lighting and look for more yellow undertones instead of blue.
  • BRIGHTNESS: You want to keep the brightness down, but still be able to see. Think “candlelight” when trying to achieve the right level of illumination.
  • CONTRAST: Contrast can also be used to set the mood. There shouldn’t be harsh transitions from room to room from bright to dim. The eyes should feel comfortable, and this can be done with smooth transitions. Keep the light sources in places where people are, like the dining table, while the rest of the room is kept just a little darker.

If you’re looking to set the mood, or just to make your home feel more relaxing, keep the above mentioned tips in mind. Ask a professional at our Seattle lighting store if you have any questions about what fixtures to get, how to install anything, or if you have a custom lighting idea you’d like to run by us!

Modern Branch Chandeliers

Chandeliers or pendants with “branches” are popping up in every modern home around the country, and we can see why! These beautiful, modern light fixtures add depth and interest to any space. Interior designers are loving the versatility of these fixtures, and are putting them in just about every room of the house. Our lighting showroom in Seattle has tons of these modern light fixtures in person, and we also have an extensive selection of branch chandeliers online.

Restaurants, hotels, and homeowners are mixing these modern chandeliers and pendants with industrial touches to create a cozy space with a retro feel. We love the mid century modern throwback feel these chandeliers and pendants give off.

Here are just a few of the branch style modern chandeliers and pendants we have online right now:

All of these modern chandeliers with “arms” can be found here »

Adding one of these amazing fixtures to your home can be a cheap and extremely easy way to update your space and change the overall feel. These modern chandeliers add a touch of class without feeling stuffy or gaudy. They can help you achieve a good balance between sophistication and comfort!

Check out our selection of these modern chandeliers and pendants online here.

 

Foyer / Hall Lanterns in our Online Store!

Selecting the right light fixture for your entryway or foyer can seem challenging, but we’ve got an extensive selection of styles and sizes to help you find the perfect fixture!

Good entryway lighting is your chance to make a great first impression. The right lighting in your foyer can help your guests feel welcome and comfortable.

Our Wallingford Seattle lighting showroom has a ton of light fixtures of all shapes, sizes and styles to choose from. Our expert lighting staff can help you determine which one would be best for your space. If you don’t have time to come on down or call, if you already know what you like, or if you’d rather browse to get a good idea of what we have, checkout our online store!

Foyer / hall lanterns

Here is a small selection of what we have in our online store:

Check out all of our foyer pendants and lanterns online here »

Our Wallingford – Seattle lighting showroom is located here:
1912 N 45th ST Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 633-2557

Make your home feel brighter this winter.

Some of you may now be feeling like winter is never going to end. These dark days can really take a toll on your emotional well being. We’ve come up with a few ways you can make your home feel brighter.

#1. Remove your window screens.

Chances are, you won’t be needing to open your windows for a few months. This means you won’t be needing your window screens! Window screens block extra light that is trying to come through your windows. They’re easy to remove and can make your home look better from the outside as well. And while you’re at it – clean your windows! You’ll be amazed at the difference even that can make!

#2. Brighten up your decor.

Winter decor tends to be a little more dreary and darker than summer decor. This shouldn’t be the case! Use lighter colored decor to help bounce light around the room and to help bring a little more cheer into your space. Replace dark slipcovers on chairs and couches with lighter ones, use bold colors in decorations, and if you’re not using curtains for insulation, switch them out for a lighter color or more transparent fabric.

#3. Swap out your light bulbs.

Now is the time to reevaluate the coloring of your home’s light bulbs. Warm white, cool white, and daylight bulbs are all very different and can greatly change the feel of a room. Some bulbs work better in some rooms than others. Refer to our posts on different types of light bulbs for help on selecting the right type of light bulbs for your home.

#4. Hang a mirror (or two).

Hanging a mirror can do a lot for a space. It can make it seem larger and also bounce light around the room without causing too much of a glare. Smartly placed mirrors are an interior designers best tool!

And there you have it! A few tips to help you feel less drowned in dreary this wet wintery season. Do you have any other suggestions or tips? Share them on our Facebook wall!

Have you checked out our selection of bathroom lighting on our online store?

Harold’s has an amazing and extensive Seattle light fixture showroom, but did you know you can buy just about any of our fixtures online too?

We spend a lot of our lives in the bathroom, wether we want to admit it or not. Proper lighting in this space is vital for safety and for upholding high personal grooming standards.

Check out just some of the bathroom light fixtures we found on our online store today:

Find all of these great bathroom light fixtures online here »

You can read more about how to select the right bathroom lighting for your home here and here. If you have questions about bathroom lighting in Seattle, ask one of our expert lighting specialists at our Wallingford location. Call us to stop on by today!

We love lighting, but maybe not as much as this lady!

A friend of ours sent us this amazing video of an Englishwoman and her love for lighting, specifically chandeliers. Take a look at it here:

Now, we have a deep love for amazing light fixtures and chandeliers, and have been Seattle lighting specialists for over 50 years, but we’re not sure even we’d take it this far!

Harolds Lighting has vintage chandeliers, new chandeliers, and even custom chandeliers of all shapes, sizes and styles – Amanda Liberty would be in heaven. And we can ship internationally!

Check out the full article here on Inside Edition »

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Harold’s Lighting store in Seattle!

This year has been a big one for us. Full of changes, growth and love! We are thankful for all of our customers and supporters over the years. We wish you happy and safe holiday.

When setting your New Years Resolutions, keep your home improvements in mind, and don’t forget your lighting. Updating the lighting in your home can drastically change the mood and feel of the space. It’s one of the easiest and cheapest changes you can do yourself, and if you’re feeling ambitious, you can create a seasonal plan and get lighting options together for a few different seasons. Changing your lighting in the summer and winter can help you achieve your decor and mood goals for your home.

If you need help with setting new goals for lighting goals in your home, stop by our lighting store in Seattle and our expert lighting staff can help you get started!

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Brass Fixtures

Looking for a way to update your space? Brass fixtures are in, and we’ve got ’em!

Brass fixtures go with just about any decor and can update your space easily. We have a large selection of brass light fixtures in our Seattle showroom as well as online. Our expert lighting staff can help you find a brass sconce, brass chandelier, brass lamp, or brass lighting accessories to compliment your space.

Check out some of our brass light fixture options here:

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Stop by our light fixture showroom in Wallingford Seattle, WA today or shop online for brass light fixtures here »

Happy Holidays From Harold’s

Happy Holidays from Harold’s Lighting in Seattle!

We wish you and your loved ones a very merry holiday season. May your lives be filled with light!

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At Harold’s we’re kicking off the Christmas season with our green lampshade Christmas tree! 🎄 We make custom shades in any shape and size even using fabric you provide.

If you’re looking for a last minute gift, consider the gift of light! Light up your family home with a new fixture or lamp from Harold’s Lighting in Seattle. Our showroom has a ton of affordable options for any style or size. Have a fixture that’s been in the family for decades that just isn’t working like it used to? Bring it in and our expert custom lighting technicians will bright it back to life!

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Our Wallingford Seattle store will be closed on Christmas Day.

We hope you’re able to be near loved ones in a cozy space this season. Please be safe and take some time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family!