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How To Plan And Design A Contemporary Bedroom

Contemporary design is an excellent style if you want a fresh, new look for your bedroom. That’s because this design aesthetic is all about what is popular right now. It combines elements of every style of design, bringing them together in a way that is, well, contemporary.

At Christopher Wray, we’re dedicated to helping you design perfect spaces. That’s why we’ve put together the following information to guide you through creating a contemporary bedroom.

 

Here’s everything you need to know to get started:

Designing the Perfect Contemporary Bedroom

Since contemporary design is all about what’s happening right now, it is a very fluid and changeable style. That’s part of what makes this style so much fun to work with. You are not limited to any one aesthetic as contemporary design can pull from any style. And, if you plan properly, you can easily adjust the look and feel of the room in the future.

Contemporary Design is All About Blending the Right Elements

Since this is such a smooth and changeable style, one of the most important things to get right is how you blend the various elements. To keep your design current throughout the coming years, you may want to leave room to change and grow.

Here are some tips to help you realise your design dreams:

Choose a Focal Point to Design Around

Many people begin with a foundation in modern design styles. You can think of this as kind of like light shading in a canvas. You’re setting the stage for the accents that will fully form the picture. However, unlike in modern design, contemporary pieces have more rounded lines. Of course, your focal point doesn’t have to be modern design, or even a design style.

Your focal point could be a vibrant colour or pattern that you absolutely adore. It could be the beautiful windows, or artistic crown moulding in your bedroom. The idea is to create a common thread to your design so that you can more easily bring together different styles.

Examples: Focal Points for Bedroom Design

So, a focal point should not overpower the room. It doesn’t even have to be the focus of the room. It is the focus of what you design around. For example, let’s say your favourite colour is plum purple. You wouldn’t want to paint your walls plum purple as that would be overwhelming! But you could choose a good base colour for your walls that would make a plum purple really pop. Then, add the plum colour as your primary accent.

The Cosmo Suite No. 1 bed is a great way to add strong colour accents to your bedroom. The quilted headboard can be upholstered in almost any shade, so you can create just the right effect without overwhelming the room.

 

Know What is Popular Right Now

Contemporary is all about what’s trending right now so you might need to refresh yourself on currently popular styles and trends. While it is often a good rule of thumb to ground your contemporary design in classic or modern styles, you should always have strong elements of what is popular right now.

Here’s what’s in at the moment:

  •         Cleverly disguised technology integration
  •         Natural fabrics and finishes
  •         Clean, smooth lines
  •         Cream-based neutral tones with isolated pops of vibrant colours and stark whites
  •         Rooms with a spacious and airy feel

Examples: Currently Popular Trends

The Dinard chest of drawers  features the simple, rounded lines that are the current hallmarks of contemporary design. Choose your own finish to make this piece a background element or a vibrant accent.

Use Lighting to Highlight and Accentuate the Design

Lighting is very important in contemporary design. It should compliment the overall aesthetic while also creating the right atmosphere in terms of illumination. Currently, lamps with metallic bases and natural shapes are in style. You can also invest in lighting that has an artistic flair, though these should be used sparingly so they don’t compete with the rest of the room. Track lighting is also often used to highlight different focal points in the room.

Examples: Accenting a Room with Lighting

For a bedroom, look into floor lamps and table lamps to add in accents. The  Abbey floor lamp is a great accent for contemporary design. It has a modern design with a retro look and feel. This perfect balance of styles creates a look that blends in while also standing out, and that is the heart of contemporary design.

Keep it Contemporary with Easily Changeable Accents

By now you should have a feel for how to get started on your bedroom design project. Contemporary is all about balancing what is in now with design aesthetics from styles that appeals to you. It’s about balancing between personal style and popular style, and that means you may want to change up your space in the future.

So, make sure you create a good foundation for your room that can easily absorb different styles. You can then change the overall look and feel simply by investing in new decorations, reupholstering, or changing out smaller furniture.

Contemporary Design is Fluid and Changeable

The best thing about contemporary design is fluidity. It is all about using what has come before to create what is now. This gives you huge creative authorisation as you play around with balancing all the different styles. So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your design today so you can rest in comfort and style tomorrow.

How to Give Your Bedroom a Fabulous Summer Makeover

A new season brings new inspiration, and sometimes all you need to feel more invigorated and energetic is to switch up your styles. This summer, you might consider making some interior decoration changes, and the bedroom is a great place to get started.

Forget about those winter blues that had you wanting to dive back under the covers where it was still toasty and warm. With a brighter, breezier look to your bedroom, you will want to bounce out of bed to greet the beauty of a warm summer morning.

So, without further ado, let's take a look at how to makeover your bedroom the Christopher Wray way.

1. Boost your bed

The most obvious piece of bedroom furniture that can provide huge benefit from an upgrade is the bed. It's normally the biggest thing in the room, and the choices you make can have a big impact on your comfort and lifestyle.

It really is best to go for the biggest bed you can get. That's because nothing beats a king sized bed for comfort and luxury. The larger mattress size means you have more room to roll around and find the perfect position for sleeping.

The parts of the bed that matter are the base, the mattress, and the bed head. For those who tend to be a bit accident-prone, there's a wonderful Christopher Wray bedroom solution especially for you.

It's called the Alexo, and one of the nicest features is it has a bit of extra padding all the way around, plus there are no sharp corners to bang your knees on when you're stumbling around in the dark.

The padded bead head of the Alexo bed is also great for those who have a tendency to sit up suddenly and accidentally bang their head on the wall. No more sudden shocks.

A stylish modern look can be achieved with the range of Cosmo Suites. The elegant, simple, rectangular style is so minimalist, it almost has a Zen quality to it. The result is a very clean look that can make a room feel more lively and energetic.

When the rest of your décor or architecture is more on the classic side, the Crest or Oaker beds will not seem out of place. These are sturdy, low profile bed choices that feel just as luxurious as they look.

The first thing you'll notice about the Crest design is that rather than the usual padded bed head, this one has an elegant hand carved design that looks quite ornate and regal. The Oaker is just a basic comfortable design that will look at home in almost any room. It is a very sturdy design with a large padded bed head.

Onto these beds you will need an excellent mattress, and one of the best choices you can get is the Simba mattress.

It's made right here in the UK, and provides cool comfort with excellent support. It's also the perfect size and shape to complement any of the Christopher Wray beds.

2. Top your bed with quality bedding

Just because winter is over doesn't mean you should toss your duvet away. You may want to switch to a lighter one for summer, however. If even a very light duvet feels too hot, there are specially made knitted blankets you can buy that may feel more comfortable. The holes between the stitches help air to circulate better, which can be a great relief if you've been suffering night sweats.

Sheets are also important, and while there are many choices, for summer what will feel the most luxurious and cool will be either genuine Egyptian cotton or authentic flax-based linen in the highest thread count you can find. A high thread count helps to make the fabric stronger and more durable. Using sheets made from these natural fibres will help you feel more cool and comfortable.

What most people will want to avoid is synthetic materials in sheets, because these can feel quite the opposite. Lacking the excellent moisture wicking capabilities and generous pores for air circulation that you find in the natural products, synthetic fibres can feel hot and unpleasant. They will do a poor job of absorbing sweat, thus allowing it to pool and create dampness.

Pillows are important too. Most people prefer a firm pillow for good neck support, and in recent years latex has become the most fashionable choice in pillows. One thing you should be careful of if you are considering upgrading to a latex pillow is that some people have allergic reactions to this material. "Try before you buy" is not a bad idea, especially when you consider the high cost of latex pillows.

3. Other furnishings

What type of additional furniture and how much you use depends on how much space you have available.

Bedside tables are good for helping you keep needed items within easy reach while you sleep, and of course, they're an excellent spot for adding a table lamp.

The styles can range from extra simple (Vaux) to extremely ornate (Grimaud). When choosing, think about the height of the bed. Your bedside tables should never tower over the bed, or it will be difficult to reach the objects you place on them. Also make sure you have enough room beside the bed to fit the tables.

When you need some extra storage space, a chest of drawers is a step up from the humble bedside table. These too, can be either simple or ornate, and they should ideally be a good match for your décor.

Features to consider apart from the look include whether or not the design includes handles for the drawers, the height and width of the chest body, and of course the number of drawers provided. Popular styles include Justine, Ouistre, and Wilsford.

A wardrobe is primarily intended for storing clothes, especially suits, jackets, trousers, etc. If you are buying a new wardrobe, think about things like whether it has hinged or sliding doors, the ratio of shelf to rail space, and any additional special features that you like in the design.

4. Light up your life

Of course the bedroom is usually a place where you'll be relaxing just before you go to sleep, so it's a perfect place to enjoy the benefits of a table lamp or reading lamp. This will make it easy for you to turn off the light, and also allows you a more comfortable personal light source don't need to rely on primary ambient light.

The Abazi lamps by Christopher Wray offer a wonderful choice of colours, and their modern lines make them an excellent choice for a contemporary or futuristic style bedroom. For a more elegant retro look, the Alicia range of table lamps is simply gorgeous.

We have a special fondness for the classic Art Nouveau look, which is revived in modern form with designs such as Garthurst and Neywood. These will add a practical light source for you to enjoy while also beautifying and enhancing your room.

The above tips hopefully have provided you with some inspiration for updating your room for the summer season. We'll be back with more home decorating tips and lighting suggestions, so be sure to visit the Christopher Wray blog often.

Modern Dining Room Style Inspiration

The dining room does not normally have as much importance as it once did, and in many modern homes it has been absorbed into a larger hybrid, now known as a living/dining room, but really your dining room can be a space you can be proud of.

A good dining room, when it is set up properly, will make people want to linger and socialise in it. That's the fundamental goal, because what we really love about dining rooms is the opportunities it provides to bring people together.

It's a place where we can gather with friends and family to enjoy a meal, accompanied by fascinating stories and good conversation. A tradition that literally started hundreds of thousands of years ago, with the only changes being that there's no fire on the floor and we're using tables.

So grab yourself a chair and a cup of your favourite drink and settle in as we explore the most inspiring ideas for a stylish modern dining room.

Flooring

If you have central heating or a fireplace nearby, it can be a very good idea to install a tiled floor in the dining area because this is the hardest wearing flooring material and it is so much easier to clean than other choices. It also clearly has a modern look.

Easy to clean, durable, and attractive, a tile floor
is an excellent choice for most dining areas.

 

The disadvantages of tile floors are they can be noisy and can get a bit chilly in the colder months of the year. Even though there is slightly higher cost involved, it is worth investing in slip-resistant tiling for dining room floors.

A wooden floor provides a warm natural tone. Pictured here
with Morcom dining suite from Christopher Wray.

 

Your next-best choice is genuine hardwood floorboards. While they're not as durable as tile, they are warmer and look fantastic, but are still very easy to clean. If your dining chairs don't have ski feet like the chairs pictured above, it is a good idea to attach furniture sliders to the tip of each leg to prevent scuffing.

Rugs and carpets provide the most warmth and softness, but they
may absorb wine and pasta sauce faster than your guests do!

 

Carpeted floors will provide softness and warmth, but can be prone to staining if food or wine is spilled, and no matter how much you vacuum, your carpet will still harbour dust and particles. Carpet is therefore less recommended than other choices.

Furnishings

The main furniture components in the dining room are obviously the dining table and dining chairs. The ideal table size and shape will depend on how many places you want to accommodate. For an intimate gathering, nothing beats a round table, while rectangular tables are more practical for larger groups.

Modern design involves clean lines and minimal ornamentation, so if the goal is to create a modern looking décor in the dining room, then you'll want to seek out minimalist designs.

Among the Christopher Wray dining furniture collection you will find many good examples, but one of the most versatile is the Eliot dining table, available in both round and rectilinear versions, and with numerous table top choices.

The amazing versatility of the Eliot design makes it a great
choice for many different dining room situations.

The inverted V shaped base of the rectangular style tables makes a very stable foundation for the table, and this innovation also means extra chairs can be added without table legs to get in the way. The base of the round Eliot table has three legs arranged in a pyramid shape, and this also means more room for everyone to sit comfortably around the table.

The Eliot design is also very stylish in round configuration.

 

Another excellent modern dining table choice from Christopher Wray is the Alkham dining table, with a solid central base supporting and oval or round top, providing plenty of space under the table. You couldn't really imagine a more modern (or even futuristic) style than the Alkham.

The Alkham is a real statement piece.

 

When selecting chairs, make sure they suit the table style and are the right height for the table.

Lighting

Lighting is also a very important aspect of the dining room. A room that is tastefully furnished and dressed can still have the entire effect ruined by poor lighting choices.

In general, harsh lighting or even just bright light, is not appreciated by most people at the dining table. Soft light is better. Enough to cast a glow, but never more than just enough. The light will work best if it starts from the centre of the table and spreads out from there, losing brightness almost completely by the time it reaches the table edges. This is what most people would regard as perfect.

Well balanced lighting like this twin pair of chandeliers from
Christopher Wray are the best way to create a convivial ambience.

 

The ideal way to achieve good light in the dining room is with one or two chandeliers suspended just above the table centre. Just because it is a chandelier doesn't mean it needs to look old fashioned. Christopher Wray has hundreds of contemporary and stylish chandelier designs, as well as more traditional styles.

In addition to its practical application, lighting can also be
a work of art. Connesso chandelier by Christopher Wray.

 

By paying attention to the main elements of flooring, furnishing, and lighting, you can make the dining room a welcoming and comfortable space, no longer the forgotten about zone between the kitchen and the living room.

Add decorative touches such as fresh floral centrepieces, paintings for the walls, interesting ornamentation, and maybe even a wine rack to help your dining room develop a sense of character.

That last thing is important because it is your dining room, so it should reflect something of your personality in the presentation. Visit our shop at 599 King's Road, London, for more inspirational decoration ideas.

A Quick Lesson in Bathroom Lighting

 

Lighting for the bathroom is often relegated to an afterthought, which later proves to be detrimental because bathroom lighting is actually so important.

It's one of those rooms of the house where good lighting is essential and where, depending on the size and style of the bathroom, adjustable levels of lighting may be highly desirable.

Investing some time in considering the kind of lighting your bathroom will need is an action you will not regret. Good bathroom lighting pays dividends in terms of making the bathroom a more liveable space.

 

Ambient Lighting

Depending on the room shape, you will need one or more main ambient lights for the bathroom. If the bathroom décor is modern, you may be best served by a flush mounted style of ambient light.

 

A fine selection of excellent ambient lighting options from
Christopher Wray Lighting to suit a modern bathroom décor.

For a more classic décor scheme, consider elegant ambient lighting options that will complement the décor and even draw focus to the opulence on display. If you can make your bathroom feel like a special place, that is definitely a measure of success to be savoured.

 

Tiedro chandelier (with matching wall lights) by Christopher Wray
Lighting makes a good choice for a classically furnished bathroom.

Although it is often a popular choice, we recommend against recessed lighting for the bathroom. Recessed lighting can be a mistake because steam and condensation accumulate in the recessed area, and do not then readily evaporate. This increases the corrosive potential to harm metal, plaster, wood, and other materials.

 

Mood Lighting

The bathroom can also be a place to unwind with a relaxing soak after a busy day. The last thing you want when you're trying to relax is to be blasted in the face by harsh overhead lighting.

A little mood lighting, courtesy of cleverly placed wall lights and sconces, can give you just the right amount of light to achieve a more relaxing and romantic atmosphere in your bathroom.

 

Wall lights such as Dorchester (left), Granton (centre), and
Cannuccia (right), provide softer lighting for better relaxation.

Once again, it's sensible to match the lighting style to the décor of the bathroom. If you're not sure how the bathroom will eventually be furnished, an art-deco style such as Cannuccia has a good balance between classic and modern looks, making it a versatile choice.

 

Task Lighting

When you are trying to shave or apply makeup, there's nothing worse than poor lighting. Good lighting will enable you to see clear detail and avoid embarrassing errors.

 

Innovations in lighting design, like this internally illuminated mirror
are at the heart of the Christopher Wray lighting design concept.

Choosing the right task lighting will be partly a matter of personal taste and partly a matter of practicality. Some designs can meet quite specific needs.

 

The Bristle strip light has a built-in shaver socket,
cleverly saving valuable bathroom wall space.

While the majority of bathroom task lighting is focused on the mirror and sink area, many home owners find the addition of a downlight placed strategically above a toilet bowl can be quite a practical idea too.

Good bathroom lighting should be a design feature

Planning your bathroom lighting at the home design stage, if you have the option, is always the best way to go. This way you can be certain your bathroom lighting will provide adequate light for each purpose the bathroom serves, and that the lighting will be installed in precisely the right locations for best effect.

For more ideas and information about bathroom lighting, talk to one of the friendly lighting consultants at Christopher Wray Lighting, or send us an email. We also have plenty of examples on display at our King's Road shop, and you are most welcome to drop in and browse our collection

Getting the Right Amount of Light

Lighting can be a challenging task, not least because different people and different tasks have different lighting requirements. Some people can't stand being in a dimly lit room, no matter what the circumstances, while others find intense lighting unbearable.

When you are deciding how to set up the lighting in a room, you'll need to find some way to achieve a perfect balance, and exactly where that point is depends on numerous factors.

 

Lighting must suit the purpose of the room

We'll ignore outdoor lighting for the moment, because that's a topic that deserves its own article. Rooms are interesting places. We start with an empty space, and everything you put into that space is going to shape the character of the room.

This fascinating process of adding colours, shapes, textures, and practical items is so much of an art that it's almost a science. Beauty is usually the aim, no matter who the beholder happens to be.

It's not just a matter of what you put in the room, but how you put it there. This includes lighting. If it is the living room of the house, then you'll want a very wide range of different lighting options, so you can adjust the light levels quite precisely.

In the bathroom, you'll normally want much brighter light. This is mostly for safety reasons, but it's also because people often do things in bathrooms where it helps to be able to see clearly.

Kitchens, too, are usually best served by bright lighting. Some very specific task lighting options can help you a lot in the kitchen, as well.

An area of a room used for television viewing is one of the most difficult to get right. Some people really find watching TV in a darkened room to be unpleasant, however if the light is too bright, it will reflect on the screen and become a distraction. Floor lamps often provide the solution, as they are not too bright and can be placed strategically to avoid problems.

 

Light should also suit the people of the room

The first thing to know is that you can't universally please everyone, so it is a waste of time trying to do that. Instead, think about the primary activities that people perform in different areas of the room and try to make the lighting work with that concept in mind.

This involves dividing the room up (figuratively) into zones, and planning the appropriate lighting types and levels that should be dominant in each zone.

In addition to the light, you also have to think about shadow. The placement of a light will affect where shadows fall in relation to the light. Anyone who has ever tried to snap a photo of a document on a table will be well aware of the challenges created by shadows.

People using computers in their work will find it easier if there is not a lot of light reflecting off the screen. If the workspace is designed so that the screen faces in toward the centre of the room, the best position for the light is directly behind the worker, so that the shadow of the worker will fall on the screen and block reflection.

If it is found that this makes it difficult to see the keyboard, then either a low intensity desk lamp or a keyboard with backlighting can be a good choice.

In another area of the room, somebody may need to do a lot of paperwork or reading, and in this situation it is best to have a higher intensity light hanging above the work area, or a desk lamp with medium to high intensity. These lights should be shaded well so that they provide ample light where it is needed, without that light spilling over into other zones and becoming a bother.

Ultimately it is mostly a matter of common sense

Provided that you choose good quality lights and use a sensible range of options for the areas they are installed, you should not experience too many problems. To be extra sure, choosing lights that are dimmable can be a good idea, because that way you can adjust the lighting amount to suit the situation.

For areas and tasks where seeing clearly is always important, bright task lighting placed appropriately is the best way to achieve the correct result.

You can get more tips on light choices to suit your room design by contacting a lighting consultant at Christopher Wray Lighting. They will be delighted to give you obligation free advice for all your lighting needs.

Slamp is Now Available from Christopher Wray

Fine design is our business, so we know it when we see it. That’s why we’re glad to be welcoming Slamp to our team! Slamp’s elegant lighting design has been at the forefront of the industry since their 1992 debut. Today the company continues to lead with bold, eye-catching design.

Decorative Lamps that Bring Nature to Light

Much of Slamp’s design mirrors the natural world. By using shapes, colour schemes, and aesthetics that reflect elements of nature; Slamp creates designs that blend perfectly into any decorating theme. Their rich textures and shapes make for completely unique pieces of art. The delicate grace of a Jellyfish, the golden glow of a sunset cast through leaves, ripples in a pool of water: these are all called to mind when admiring Slamp’s work.

Their expertise extends far beyond designs that mirror the natural world. Slamp works with dozens of big-name designers to create artistic styles of all kinds. Their early work often incorporated visual art printed on the lamps and illuminated by their glow.

Innovative Beginnings

In 1992 Roberto Ziliani, founder and owner of Slamp, decided to create something new. Ziliani wanted to revolutionize the lighting industry, and he did it with the tube lamp. This unique lamp was a simple illuminated cylinder at first. But by 1994 Ziliani had begun to incorporate artistic designs on the sides of the lamp. These ranged from classic prints, to the works of contemporary and classic artists.

Unique Materials

It was not he artistic prints that made such a splash at first, however. Ziliani set out to revolutionize the industry, and it was the materials he used to create the lamps that did so. Ziliani uses a material called Opalflex, which is made from glass crystals and techno-polymers. This not only leaves a surface that is perfect for printing artistic designs, it’s also unbreakable. So, Ziliani managed to create an unbreakable lamp that could fit multiple design aesthetics, depending on what is printed on the lamp.

Slamp Branches Out

By the late 90s, Slamp had moved forward and began exploring other areas of lighting design. Since then, they have embraced a number of unique styles. Some of their work appears unbelievably delicate. Their work can make flowers blossom from your tabletop, and it brings the delicate curves of a snowflake to life with light.

It has a magical and surreal quality precisely because it looks so breakable. But the durability of Opalflex makes the finest designs strong enough to last generations. These are truly works of art that can be appreciated for years to come.

A Return to Humble Beginnings

In 2017 Slamp announced they would begin making their unique Tube Lamps again. Of course, it wouldn’t be Slamp if they hadn’t made a few changes. While the original designs were quite small, newer versions can be purchased in much larger sizes. It’s only a bigger canvas for the artwork printed along the sides, after all.

We Know Quality, Craftsmanship, and Innovation

At Christopher Wray, we’re dedicated to every subtle nuance of interior design. Lighting sets the tone for the room. It determines what will stand out, and what will blend in. It is an essential part of creating your perfect space.

That’s why we’re happy to carry Slamp lighting products for our customers. Contact us today for a consultation and see how we can transform your home with some of the most beautiful lighting designs in the world.

Christopher Wray is Proud to Offer Designs from one of the World’s Leaders in Lighting Design; Foscarini

Italian design has long been synonymous with style, elegance, and innovation. Christopher Wray is proud to announce the arrival of lighting designs by the celebrated Italian company Foscarini. Foscarini has a long history of being at the forefront of art and design, with a blend of avant-garde Italian design and technical know-how.

Foscarini was founded in Venice in 1981, giving them over 37 years experience in the field of lighting design. They quickly began pairing with designers to create new and innovative designs, and over the next few decades kept abreast and even ahead of new trends in interior design and fashion.

Their design philosophy is focussed on passion and creation, bringing new designs into the world through mastery of both traditional manufacturing techniques and technology.

One of the first great designs of Foscarini has recently been reimagined and re-released to celebrate 25 years since its first appearance: the Lumiere 25th.

This lamp features a dark glass top mounted on sinuous silver tripod legs. The large round glass top hides a secret: through the combination of design and technology, the glass that makes the top is half mirrored.

While almost black in appearance when the bulb is unlit, when turned on the lamp reveals a hidden chamber with the bulb at its centre. The resulting display is almost organic in nature, a technological creature frozen in time. The half-mirrored glass allows for an indirect and smoky light from the sides of the lamp, and bright direct light below.

Foscarini has a wide range of designs, with looks to suit anyone’s home. The Dolmen is a refined and minimalistic suspension light design consisting of a thin rectangular board of either bronze or aluminium, into which four white light discs are set.

The design is smooth and minimal, with no raised edges or ridges. The whole light is suspended by wires at its corners, and its slim profile allows it to blend seamlessly into a room.

The Big Bang is a single hanging light mounted in a chaotic merger of geometric planes. The Big Bang looks impossible, like an object from another universe passing through ours. Its vivacity can capture the attention and the interplay of light, and shadow across its surfaces provide a bold and artistic style that can either dominate a room or merge with similar ultramodern pieces.

The Satellite is a small table lamp with a simple yet intriguing design. A glass bell jar is mounted on a small base, much like a vacuum chamber. Inside, at the very top of the glass, is a large white orb with a cord that hangs dynamically from it.

This creates a visual effect much like a balloon trapped in a jar, and overall makes the lamp appear as though the moon has been bottled. This simple design has a striking and unique look, while retaining a minimalist sensibility.

All designs by Foscarini carry forward the company’s vision of light as creation, and the creation of light as art. With styles from minimalist to avant-garde ultramodern, any home can benefit from the lighting solutions Foscarini offer and we’re proud to bring some of their best designs to our customers.

Creating just the Right Mood Through Lighting

Lighting can set the entire mood of a room as well as activities spent in it. Having the right setup for your lighting can transform a space, whether by altering colours or by using strategic shadows to change perceptions of space and size. 

There are even studies that indicate that different colours can directly influence moods, and different lighting can have different physiological effects on the human body.

 

Kitchen

Kitchen lighting should be bright and warm, eliminating shadows to help create both the appearance of cleanliness and help keep work areas well-lit. Multiple lighting sources are always good, whether from both wall and ceiling lights or smaller lights for individual areas.

Warm tones help the area feel more homely and safe. If you do need to go with cooler tones, match it to a modern kitchen with white and chrome details to create an ultra-modern technological look.

 

Bathroom

Bathroom lighting varies and can be adjusted to match your current theming. Cool tones are ideal due to the frequent use of blues and whites in bathroom colour schemes, but warm tones can suit an earth-tone bathroom. Mirror lights are a good choice, and infrared lights can add literal warmth to the room.

 

Living Room

Living rooms come in many styles so it's a good idea to match your lighting to your interior design style. Smaller node lights create a feeling of a curated space for minimalist rooms, particularly if used to highlight individual items of art, decoration or furniture.

Strategic shadows from point source lights create an intimate, veiled feeling. When entertaining, brighter lights create a lively feel, whereas dimmer, warmer tones can create a calmer and more sedate environment.

Having multiple light switches or dimmers can also help you adjust between different styles of lighting, which is useful for a commonly used room like the living room.

 

Office

As offices are generally private workspaces, bright cool lights provide both clean and easy viewing and help to keep you alert and focussed. Studies have shown the bright cool lights, particularly fluorescent lights with cool blue undertones, can actually prevent the brain from getting tired for a time.

Be aware though that while this may be useful when you need to stay awake, it can also keep you awake when you don’t want it to and potentially disrupt your sleep. For this reason, a desk or floor lamp with warmer tones is a useful backup and can add to an existing theme.

 

Bedroom

Warm tones are important in a bedroom, as are slightly dimmer lights. These both combine to promote restfulness, as well as creating a warm and intimate feeling. Having a bedside lamp in addition to other lighting is a good idea, not just for convenience's sake, but to help create a more shadowed and cosy feel.

If you need bright light for a closet, try a track light system, which can be mounted near or inside a closet and will provide bright and clear illumination as needed.

 

Entertainment Area

An entertainment area may be either an internal room in the home or an external deck or patio. In both cases, bright and warm lights are generally the way to go, as they provide clear illumination for activities and create a friendly atmosphere.

For an external area, LED lighting comes in hundreds of styles, some quite striking and original. They provide small, bright, and efficient light sources. If trying to illuminate a large outdoor area, try and use several smaller lights. This will provide a more complete feel compared to a single bright spotlight, which may make guests feel highlighted and may create both uncomfortable bright spots and darkly shaded areas.

Lighting is essential in creating the right feel for any room in your house—and even outside it. Matching a room’s use and theme to lighting is important. Take advantage of multiple lighting systems and technical innovations this summer to ensure you come away with the perfect lighting for your home.

Designer Tips for Decorating with Table Lamps

Lighting is surely one of the most beautiful aspects of any room or home. It can brighten up a space, add a touch of charm and it can create an ambience that makes your home inviting.

Decorative table lamps add a special touch to any home and can be seen as pieces of art as well as brilliant ways of adding just the right amount of light.

 

 

Read on to discover a few quick designer tips for decorating with table lamps and how you can make the best use of these fantastic home accessories.

 

1.       Give Attention to Accent Colours

If you’re going with a table lamp that has a vibrant accent colour as its base, you will want to ensure you are tying things together in that room with other accessories of the same colour. Try adding a few throw pillows with the same colour on your sofa or perhaps you can add a piece of artwork on one of your walls that complements the colour well.

Using the same shades will create a cohesive look to your room and ensure that you are using a colour palette that is well-suited for the space. Accent colours are great ways of creating a theme for your decor or simply evoking the vibe you are trying to achieve.

 

2.       Never Make the Bulb Visible

Have you ever sat on a sofa and have had the jarring sting of a light bulb ruin the ambience? Unfortunately, many people forget that the table lamp should create a cosy feel and not just be used for the purposes of giving off good light. When you choose your lamp, be sure that the bottom of the shade is at eye level when you’re seated.

 

 

The talented lighting experts here at Christopher Wray can help you find the perfect table lamp for your specific needs. They can take the appropriate measurements, have a look at the dimensions of your room, and recommend the right table lamp for you.

 

3.       Get Random

Table lamps with different bases can look great in the same room. This gives an eclectic feel to the space. However, you will want to unify them all by giving them the same shade. Although you want to get random with the bases, you will still want the look to make sense from an aesthetic standpoint, and giving the same shade makes the whole look cohesive. In this case, you can really get creative!

 

4.       Spacing Matters

If you’re placing more than one lamp on the same table, you’ll want to be sure to leave about 2 feet between them. If they are placed too closely together, they will look clumped and messy, which might not be the best look. So keep the spacing of your table lamps in mind when you’re placing them close together.

 

5.       Shading is Key

When you’re decorating a room with table lamps, you want to be sure that you are paying close attention to just how dark the room is. If you’re lighting a dark room, then you can pick a lighter or translucent shade so that the lamp gives off more light. In this case, the actual light given by the table lamp is key. 

If you’re lighting up an already bright room, you can go with a darker shade and pay more attention to the look of the base and how it suits the decor.

Table lamps serve as a fantastic way to add a little bit of charm to any room. By strategically placing these lamps you can really bring out the life of a room and create a specific look for your chosen space.

Christopher Wray Welcomes Artemide

At Christopher Wray we pride ourselves on delivering the finest quality in luxury interior design. We combine technology with high-quality design materials to create stunning interiors and we’re proud to announce that we’ve recently added an extra dash of elegance with our newest brand acquisition: Artemide.

Italian Design at its Finest

Artemide is an Italian lighting-design company that delivers a sleek, minimalist style. Their lighting has a simplistic aesthetic that delivers extraordinary results; not only in how their products work, but also in how they fit into the overall design of a room. Artemide offers innovative and intuitive products that balance technology with beauty.

More than that, their lighting is designed with an eye to use. Artemide’s designers create lighting that blends perfectly, or stands out in just the right way. Some lights can be set to shift throughout the day, providing perfect lighting conditions automatically. Other innovative design touches include multi-coloured lights that can be set to different hues for mood lighting, 3-Dimensional wall fixtures, and more.

 

A Brief Look at the Artemide Company

Founded in 1960 by current president Ernesto Gismondi, Artemide is located in the Milan area of Italy. It has always been at the cutting edge of lighting design, and today the company boasts more than 700 employees with distribution in nearly 100 countries.

Artemide takes smart design all the way by using environmentally sustainable materials. The company also strives to maintain ecological requirements for environmentally friendly products. Some might even say the secret to their success is in technological research and development, but working with world-class designers never hurts either.

Designers

Artemide works with nearly a hundred different designers. Their products are a reflection of this, delivering an unmatched attention to detail and aesthetic. They have worked with Mercedes-Benz Style, brothers Pio and Tito Toso, Karim Rashid.

Other notable designers who have worked with Artemide include:

  • Roberto Paoli
  • Italo Rota
  • David Chipperfield
  • Paola di Arianello

 

Working with so much talent means that Artemide has a wide selection of products to choose from. Each one is stunning and unique, much like the artists who create the designs.

 

Awards

There is no shortage of talent at Artemide, and they have no shortage of awards either! Artemide products have won multiple Compasso d’Oro ADI awards, Red Dot awards, IF product design awards, and Wallpaper design awards.

Their most recent Compasso award is for the Mendori lamp by Japanese designer Issey Miyaki. It has the appearance of a folded paper lantern. The design explores the interplay of light and shadow, a common theme in Japanese design aesthetics.

 

Design Services You Can Trust

We value our customers and understand the importance of creating your perfect living space. That’s why we’re constantly looking to improve our services, and to continue to add new and innovative products to our design toolbox.

Artemide has a variety of styles created by top designers from around the world. A beautiful room needs the perfect lighting to accent the decor, and to really make it shine! That’s why we’re so excited to welcome Artemide to the Christopher Wray family of product offerings.