Archive for the ‘Contemporary Lighting’ Category

Beautiful Brand New Tiffany Lamps at HomesDirect365…

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Tiffany Lamp

The brand new additions continue this week at HomesDirect365! For those who may have missed the newsletter earlier in the week we were showcasing the gorgeous new Argente Mirrored collection which we feel over the coming weeks and months will be a very popular seller leading to Christmas.

Today’s focus however is on the fantastic new Tiffany Lamps we have updated the website with. We have a whole section dedicated to Tiffany Lamps because we have such an extensive selection of them available now.

The first Tiffany Lamp was created around 1895, designed by Clara Driscoll and not American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany as was thought for over 100 years. They both however along with the beautiful glass stained lamps became an integral part of the Art Nouveau movement, translated from French to mean ‘new art’.

One aspect of the Tiffany Lamp creation in those early days over a century ago that relates very closely to our own philosophy here today, is that every individual lamp was handmade by skilled craftsmen rather than mass produced machine made. There is great skill and detail involved in creating a Tiffany Lamp, they go beyond the aesthetics and function of a regular lamp to become something special. Be sure to take a good look through our Tiffany Lamp section!

New Chandeliers!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Antique French Chandeliers

This week here at HomesDirect365 we are giving focus to the vast amount of brand new chandeliers and wall lights added to the website. In recent weeks we’ve had an unfortunate slim selection with some sections of our lighting a little bare, but all that is changing and will continue to change over the next coming weeks as more and more new items are added.

Dating back to the 15th Century when the Chandelier progressed from candle based lighting, it has always been a stunning centre piece with its ornate features and beautiful design work. Due to the expensive cost of running night time light in those early days Chandeliers however were seen as a sign of luxury and upper class, and not until the 19th century with the introduction of gas did they become a little more accessible.

There still remains a certain elegance and regal quality to well crafted antique chandeliers, and we have on offer a great selection to accommodate all… from affordable pieces to bring together the look of a room, to extremely high quality and hand crafted crystal pieces. Be sure to take a look, and keep checking back for more!

Mirrored Furniture…Making Your Room Seem Bigger

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

No matter how much you love your home, if there’s something about it that bothers you, it can be hard to ignore. And if that something happens to be a structural issue – such as having rooms that are too small – it can be frustrating as you feel there’s nothing you can do. Well, that’s not necessarily the case – there’s actually plenty you can do! And it doesn’t even involve knocking down any walls… well, unless you really want to!

Mirrored Furniture

Mirrored Furniture

If your home has a room or several rooms that seem to be too small, there are plenty of tricks that can make them appear larger. One idea is to get more light into the room. Light and brightness have the ability to make rooms appear larger, so if you have a window in the room make the most of it – keep thin veils or blinds on the window so the most natural light gets in. You can also use dynamic, eye-catching curtains to draw the attention to the window and the outside world, which is another trick that gives the illusion of space. Additionally, when it comes to paint and decoration, keep the colouring light and airy, and the furniture minimal. If the floor space is cluttered or minimised thanks to too much bulky furniture, the effect is that the room will appear smaller once more. Another tip which follows on from this is to keep the room clean! As indicated above, too much clutter will make the room look small – and this goes for ‘wall clutter’ too: keep paintings, pictures and wall ornamentation to a minimum.

One thing you can add to your walls, however, is mirrors. Mirrors are a fantastic piece of furniture that have many uses. They can reflect the light from outside and make rooms look brighter, they can be used for personal grooming purposes, and they can even make rooms look bigger! Just as looking out of the window at the world outside makes a person feel as if they are in more spacious an area, so mirrors give off the illusion of space. Just seeing a room reflected in the surface of a mirror tricks the mind into thinking there’s a lot more space than there actually is.

There is a solution to tiny rooms! If you want your small rooms to appear more spacious, simply try out a few of the ideas above, such as painting with light colours or getting some Mirrored Furniture, and see just how much of a difference it makes for you.

Creating the perfect Lounge space…

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

The lounge is for entertaining and relaxation – and if you want yours to be perfect for both, you need to decorate with care…

French Rouen Bookcase

French Rouen Bookcase

When it comes to versatile rooms in the home, the lounge is one of those at the top. The lounge can function as both a room for rest and respite after a hard day at work, and also as a room in which you entertain guests and enjoy a lively evening of talk, games and wine - which brings to mind two very different decoration styles. For a relaxing and restful room, you might think of light and airy colours that compliment the same type of mood, whereas when it comes to entertaining and evening conversation and drinks, you might think of warmer, darker colours that match the style of evening coming up ahead.

If you want your lounge to be used for both of these functions, it might be hard to reconcile these very different ideas. However, not all is lost – there are a few tricks you can try out to ensure that your room is ideal for both resting and relaxing on a Sunday morning and for partying and having fun the night before!

One of the keys to deciding which type of atmosphere a room will have is lighting. If you want it to appear bright and airy, you should endeavour to have it as lit as possible. This means either having sheer curtains so the light comes in during the day, blinds you can twist depending on how much light you want inside, or thick curtains you can tie back when it’s appropriate. Natural light is obviously only a factor during the daytime, so if you want your room to be relaxing and rejuvenating during the day, getting as much natural light as possible will make a huge difference – even if your wall colour scheme is the warm, darker theme mentioned above. But if you decide to go with lighter wall colouring, you can still create that cosy, warm mood that darker paint would bring – simply by choosing the right lights. Nothing says intimate social encounter quite like candlelight, and if you want your lounge to be excellent for evening soirees, then a candle or two and some well-placed, shaded lamps will help create the perfect atmosphere for your guests.

It’s truly that simple – lighting is all you need to make a world of difference to the mood of your lounge. And if you want to go that little bit further in creating the perfect lounge for relaxing and entertaining, why not look into Antique French Lounge Furniture that will have both you and your guests smiling with appreciation?

Contemporary Lighting @ Homes Direct 365

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

At Homes Direct 365 we are proud that we have a reputation as one of the UK’s leading suppliers of French furniture online. But,  it is often lost in translation that not only do we stock fabulous ranges of traditional French furniture, French lighting, French mirrors etc. we also carry other ranges such as Chinese furniture, contemporary furniture and much more!

Little Alien Table Lamp

Little Alien Table Lamp

One collection that we have a stunning range of is our contemporary lighting. From floor lamps, to table lamps, ceiling lights to wall lights, we have a stunning piece of lighting for your contemporary home!

We even have a glamorous range of contemporary chandeliers, such as the caterpillar chandeliers or silhouette curl acrylic chandeliers! Check out the website today to find the right style of lighting for your home, or even have a look for a gift for a loved one!