WHAT MATERIALS DO HABITAT'S CEILING LIGHT SHADES COME IN?
The ceiling light shade is a statement item for any room in the house. Hanging so high, right in the centre of the room, how could it fail to be anything but? That said, it’s completely up to you how you choose to play this. At Habitat we offer a wide range of light shades, all designed to suit a variety of individual tastes and decor.
For starters, think about the style of the room itself? Is it cool and contemporary? Classic and traditional? A touch of shabby chic? The list is endless, but given we house everything from plastic to paper, we guarantee you’ll find something that suits.
For a modern setting, metal lamp shades are highly popular. Often presented in sleek shapes with a retro vibe, a metal shade works well in all manner of decors, from minimalist, Scandi-esque rooms to wooden farmhouse-inspired kitchens. If you love the rustic, slightly bohemian aesthetic, then bamboo shades will be right up your street, while if you fancy creating a glass ceiling all of your own, our glass shades will help create the look. All shiny and new, the latter really comes into its own when paired with a statement bulb.
Finally, for those who love the natural look, we have wooden shades as well as paper - the latter tends to be shaped ornately; think origami and you’re on the right track - a statement light shade if ever we saw one.
WHAT COLOURS ARE HAIBTAT'S CEILING SHADES AVAILABLE IN?
When working with light, the colour of the shade contributes a great deal to the finished effect. For example, a white shade will make the light seem even brighter, almost as if it comes out of nowhere. Black will create a striking contrast to the beam itself, while yellow and gold will serve to heighten the feeling of warmth - you literally will feel as if you are basking in the warmest glow imaginable.
For cool tones in light shades, such as grey and silver, the light will seem whiter, somewhat cleaner - this can be the perfect antidote to the stereotypical ‘dullness’ that the colour grey can represent. Alternatively, you can turn up the heat by investing in earthy tones, such as browns and orange; both colours that are beautifully complemented by a light bulb or two.
The most important thing is to ensure that the colours work well for you. Any space that requires illumination should be carefully assessed before making the final decision. Do you want your light to be the focal point? If not, that is where white will come in handy. If you want something that stands out, then follow the paper trail. Make sense? You also need to think about if this light shade is for function, with the ability to light up the whole room, or if you want it to act simply as a mood enhancer. For ceiling shades the answer tends to be the former, but when it comes to lighting your home - it’s your rules.
Finally, when choosing your colour, have a think about the tones and the fabrics used in rest of the room, be it on furniture or home accessories. Any wallpaper, striking rugs or patterned throws can be artfully enhanced by bringing those colours into the light. Alternatively, if you have cream walls and wish the ceiling light to blend in - allowing the rest of the furnishings to do the talking - choose a cream shade. When it comes to manipulating the light, it's easy when you know how.
HOW TO COMPLETE THE LOOK IN YOUR ROOM
With lighting, when all the right components come together the result can be truly stunning. But for those who think this simply means buying one beautifuland flicking the light switch to 'on' - you’re slightly mistaken. True story: interior design experts claim that every room should have three spots of light - two for ambience, one for function.
With this in mind, let’s say our ceiling light shade covers the function element. So what else to add? In this case, it’s worth taking a look at floor lights and table lamps. It’s all very well having the main ceiling light, but with this light alone the only glow will shine straight down into the room, without touching the walls or corners. Do you have a stunning piece ofthat is, at the moment, not so noticeable? Do you have a variety of small pieces of furniture, from quirky side tables to chic footstools, that you'd like to stand out a little bit more? Maybe you have a particularly beautiful plant that is currently somewhat overlooked? Accessories in general, from chairs to books or various ornaments, can all be brought into soft focus with the help of strategically placed lighting. We hope this sheds enough light on the matter.