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!

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 »

Harold’s Lighting Live – Seahawks Custom Pendant!

GOOOOO SEAHAWKS!

Did you see this Facebook Live video of Kim organizing our shade selection, and Tiffany working on a custom Seahawks pendant? Check it out here:

Our stores in Seattle and Bellevue have a huge selection of lamp shades in stock, and in just about any size or shape you could possibly need. If you have something else, or a little different in mind, talk to us!

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We can customize your lighting to your exact specifications, right down to the fabric and finish! Our expert custom light fixture specialist will help you create the lamp shade or fixture of your dreams!

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Go Hawks!

End of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is coming to an end. School is back in and people’s routines go back into order. Before you’ve got your day scheduled out and on autopilot you may want to take a minute to prepare your home for the changes ahead.

Summer, contrary to what you may think, can take a toll on the exterior of your home. Summer storms can be extremely volatile and extreme heat can dry out seals and damage roofing. Also, preparing your home for fall rain and harsh winters is very important.
Here is a quick list of things you should check out before fall sets in:

1.     Gutters – clean your gutters and check for any clogs. Rain is coming and it’s a whole lot easier to clean out dry debris than it will be when everything gets soggy.

2.     Windows – give your windows a good cleaning and while you’re at it, check for any breaks in seals. Repairing small window seal cracks is pretty easy with caulk, but if your cracks are large, you may need to replace the sealant, which is important to do to keep water out and heat in when winter rolls around.

3.     Siding – Check out the siding on your home. Look for any bubbles, ripples, or blistering paint. Fix any pieces that look amiss now, before the rain comes. Water damage can turn into a huge problem and even rock the foundation of your home.

4.     Roof – Inspect your roof. Summer storms and extreme heat can take a toll on your roof, no matter what kind you have. Check for any damage or weak points and have them inspected now.

5.     Outdoor Furniture/Cooking – clean and safely store your outdoor furniture and cooking appliances (grill).

6.     Lighting – clean any exterior light fixtures by either dusting off or washing down. Stock up on any light bulbs you think you may need for your interior/exterior light fixtures.

There are many other things you can do to prepare for the upcoming months, but these are the big ones! Keep your home in tip top condition by regularly performing small maintenance tasks.

 

Common Interior Design Dimmensions

We love all things interior design!

While we are experts in the lighting world, we also love watching and participating in helping our clients plan out the space in their new homes or in remodeling existing spaces.

Even in the design world, there are some rules that should be followed, if not considered. Planning out spaces needs careful consideration and knowing the sizing of certain common items or spaces isn’t something most of us have memorized.

These cheat sheets can be helpful for common spaces, furniture items and activity areas:

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Infographics courtesy of: Decoratour

Bring your latest project in to our lighting store in Seattle. Our staff loves a good blueprint, even if it’s written on a napkin 😉

Layout Guide for the Living Room

Are you planning on making some changes to the layout of your living room? Choosing the right layout for what you want to achieve can be pretty difficult. Knowing where to start is typically the problem most homeowners encounter.

We’ve got a few tips for you, depending on what your overall goals are. Are you looking to make it more kid friendly or are you trying to emphasize a certain feature or create a focal point? Figuring out what you want to do most in this room is your first step. Once you know what you want the purpose of the living room to be, you can start arranging your furniture and lighting to create the right vibe.

Check out this infographic that we found. It helps break down common living room overall goals, and what you’ll need to do to achieve them. So wether you’re trying to create a room that’s more conducive to entertaining and conversation, or make it more of a chill zone / TV room, this guide has some great tips for you!

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source: FreshHome.com

Commercial Lighting Solutions

We talk a lot about lighting tips for your home, most of which can be applied to commercial lighting as well. Harold’s Lighting in Seattle and Bellevue has a Commercial Lighting Division that is available to help designers, architects, contractors, hotels, restaurants, department stores and everyday offices find lighting options that work for their needs.

Our Commercial Lighting Division can design and manufacture custom lighting fixtures for business across the country. We help companies illuminate their spaces with a unique and inviting atmosphere. Our designers work one-on-one with our clients to make sure all objectives are met.

Find out more about our Commercial Lighting Solutions on our website here, call us, or stop on by one of our locations in the Seattle area.

Lighting Mistakes To Avoid

pendant2Many interior designers are called upon to “fix” an area or room in a home, and many times all they really need to do is change up the client’s existing lighting situation. Sometimes knowing what not to do when redoing your lighting can help your home look like an experienced designer was there to help out. Below are some common mistakes you can use when planning out your next lighting adventure:

Putting Reccessed Lighting Everywhere.
Recessed lights can be a great tool to bring light in a more subtle way to a large area. It is very common, however, to go a little overboard and install too many of them. Recessed lights don’t typically cast much light on vertical surfaces (walls), which is how our eyes perceive most light. If we install too many recessed lights we may be wasting wattage that could be used by other sources providing more “visible” light. Using recessed lighting with a blend of other sources is how designers achieve the right look.

pendantForgetting Task Lighting in Kitchens and bathrooms.
Task lighting is very important in the kitchen and bathrooms as many dangerous activities are performed there. Adding under cabinetry lighting to illuminate the counter workspace below is a great option. Adjustable wall mounted fixtures or lamps can also make a huge difference.

Forgetting to use a combination of lighting types.
Many people forget to incorporate a combination of different lighting styles in a room. Ambient, task and accent lighting should be used together to create a balance. Being able to control the different fixtures individually is also important with different switches and dimmers.

Keep these common mistakes in mind when adding or changing the light fixtures in your home.

Interior Design with Lighting

Custom Shades and Fixtures at Harold's LightingLighting is a major component for every properly designed interior. It can change the mood of a space and even make a room look larger. Interior designers use different fixture types with proper placement to achieve the perfect balance.

Lighting can change the color of a room by enhancing existing features or highlighting pieces of furniture. Darker colors can make the room appear smaller while light colors can open up a space. Light can also be reflected off walls or surfaces and change the color of the paint on the walls. Playing around with different light fixtures, shades and bulbs can change up the look and feel of a room quite a bit. Expert lighting specialists and interior designers know which bulbs and shades work with certain paint colors and shades to create a harmonious space.

For most, lighting needs to serve a purpose, or else it’s just wasting electricity. Light is a major tool for increasing the functionality of a room. Task and ambient lighting can help illuminate areas where activities are performed and can help increase the efficiency and productivity of the activity. Placing the light fixtures in the right location without distracting from the other main elements of the room is very important.

If you’re looking to change up the look and feel of a room in your house you could start playing around with your lighting options. Ask an expert lighting specialist at Harold’s Lighting to help you choose the right lamp shade or light fixture for your home.

Using Mirrors to Balance Light in a Room

Mirrors and LightLight plays a major role in any size room.  A lot times it’s hard to balance out the light distribution in a room because there aren’t enough sources or locations to install light fixtures.  This is where mirrors can come in.  Mirrors not only provide a great decorating touch to a room, they can actually distribute light around a room and make it feel more open.

Mirrors at Harolds LightingMirrors can help make a room feel brighter and larger if they are placed in the right place. Make sure you don’t place a mirror directly in front of a light fixture or it can cause a blinding effect. Place the mirror near the source but not where a glare is present from the bulb. Another great idea is to hang a mirror near a natural source of light, or across from it.  If placed correctly it can create the illusion of another window in a room and open up the space greatly.

The size of the mirror should correlate to the rest of the room.  A larger mirror will reflect more light and open up a space, but if it is placed in a really small room, or in a crowded space, it can overwhelm the area. A small mirror can be placed with others in a group to create a beautiful art piece and give off enough light to brighten up the room.

Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes.  They can be frameless or have large ornate frames.  When choosing one for your space, consider the rest of the room and make sure it complements the rest of the features in the room. Many lighting stores as well as home decorating stores have many options to choose from and it’s a good idea to take the measurements back home with you before you make your purchase.

Our expert lighting staff at Harold’s Lighting in Seattle and Bellevue have many tricks up their sleeves. We can help you choose decor and mirrors that will work with your home or office.