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Industville: Illuminating every room

Industville: Illuminating every room

The word chandeliers in the title of my blog and business is not there by accident. It's there because I think that lighting (and not only in the form of chandeliers!) is one of the key considerations in creating a well-designed room. Most people only think about lighting at the end of the decorating process and throw a light shade on the white plastic ceiling bulb holder (I've done this in the past too!) but there is so much more to think about that can impact your room. On my recent trip to barcelona I was blown away by the prevalent trend of mixing and matching hanging pendants and it reminded me that there is a lot of creativity to be had with lighting.

 Hotel Pulitzer in Barcelona. Read my blog about my recent trip  here .

Hotel Pulitzer in Barcelona. Read my blog about my recent trip here.

Why is lighting important in a room?

To make a room great you can't only have good lighting design, but without it a well-designed room in every other manner will look average. It's all about atmosphere and I think we really underestimate the power of light. Did you know that our circadian rhythms are so in tune with the nuances in natural light that our ancient ancestors knew it was time to go to sleep not only by the lowering temperatures as the sun went down but also the slightly blue tinge to the evening light indicating moonlight? We can trick our bodies to fall asleep by doing this! Sources of light and where it's coming from around the room can make us feel either energised or relaxed. Some of my fascination with the play of light comes from my love for and background in the theatre where lighting is used to exaggerate and portray emotions for narrative purposes. I also have to give my husband some credit. Literally since the day I met him he has taught me about light. We often discuss at length the mood it brings to a scene in our favourite films and I remember on one of our first dates he had to take photos of me in a restaurant because the lighting was so flattering on my face. He is a Director of Photography so crafting light is his job and he has clearly influenced me a lot...

“My biggest tip is don’t just have one ceiling light in a room - ever!”

However on my own creative journey of late I am discovering even more about the ways that very small changes and decisions about lighting in my own photography practice, especially portraits can change the whole look of a scene. And you've heard me say, rooms are nothing without people in them so to some degree it matters how we 'look' and how our faces are lit when we are in them. So my biggest tip is don't just have one ceiling light in a room - ever! Lighting from above casts shadows on faces (and lighting from very low makes you look like you're in a horror movie). Even in a kitchen where you need bright lighting from ceiling spotlights, also consider strip lighting under cupboards, wall lights for atmosphere (side lights are my favourite!) and even table lamps for shelves in dining areas. There are so many endless possibilities in every room and I've found a brand where I could easily fit out each room in my home with one of their industrial, vintage lighting products which all have simple yet elegant and strong design. Meet Industville... 

Industrial Brilliance

I stumbled upon the 'industrial brilliance' of Industville on Facebook and as someone who really loves all things industrial and vintage for my own home, I instantly fell in love with their retro and antique lights. At that time wasn't looking to buy lighting for my own home but ear-marked some of the larger pendants for our new kitchen design. Then whilst working with a client I suggested they use the 12 inch Old Factory pendant for their kitchen and after receiving them Nancy raved about their customer service and how impressed she was with their products. I connected with the brand after they saw some images of Nancy's completed kitchen (currently on their promotional video!) and after some discussion it became clear that their warehouse and showroom was literally down the road from me in Charlton. Visiting the showroom (which you can do if you wish via appointment) confirmed the great quality and style of Industville and I couldn't wait to work with them further.

 Nancy's kitchen with the 12 inch Old Factory Pendants

Nancy's kitchen with the 12 inch Old Factory Pendants

As an influencer I love supporting local brands but besides the convenience, there is so much more to love about Industville lights. The quality of their products is fab - really solid metal construction and totally customisable as you can choose different metallic combinations whether for the clusters or any of the pendants. The other great thing (and most important, maybe) is the price - their products are SO affordable! Whilst visiting their showroom I was literally in light heaven (similar to when I walk into Heal's lighting showroom on Tottenham Court Road) and could imagine one of their lights in every room in my home (hence the inspiration for this blog post). So I'm going to take you on a tour around my home, focussing on the lighting in each. Let's start with the room I'm currently working on...

Kitchen Lighting

From the beginning of my kitchen plans I knew that industrial lighting would play a role and so after Nancy's recommendation, Industville was naturally my first port of call. Here is my mood board for the new kitchen including an Old Factory Pendant by Industville and the Orlando Cylinder Wall Light (only £49!). Here's the current status: we're in the middle of painting the walls Inchyra Blue and Railings (both Farrow and Ball), waiting for the gas man to sort the cooker connection and then need to get some skirting boards for the walls where there are no cupboards. Then Mr Skirting can build the cabinets!

Dark green industrial kitchen ideas

I was originally thinking gold accents in our new kitchen but my hunch was that I'd personally grow out of that trend quite quickly and decided to go for the more industrial and richer tone of copper. Mixed metals such as the darker pewter do work alongside stainless steel and copper. You can read the whole post about my plans and ideas for the kitchen here and how I managed to reach my decisions in the most complicated room in the house to design! Our dining area will be at one end of our kitchen and I'm thinking the Brooklyn Giant Bowl Pendant with a 24inch diameter for over our oak dining table. I'd like it to hang much lower than in the image below...

 Image credit: Jordan Evans

Image credit: Jordan Evans

 Image courtesy of Industville

Image courtesy of Industville

Living Room

I love the diversity of this room where playing, talking, relaxing, watching TV and maybe even eating takes place and so our lighting in here needs to be controllable. Enter the beauty of the dimmer switch, which allows plenty of light for playing board games, having people round for book groups but then we can dim things down for records and drinks or to signal to the boys that it's almost bedtime. Dimmers are a great idea for any room as you can change lighting so easily and create those different moods with the twist of a knob.

The wall lights that we have in our living room are old ship's lights from an antique shop in Greenwich but Industville's Bulkhead Sconce Wall Light is very similar if not almost identical .

 Image credit: The Queen of Hoxton

Image credit: The Queen of Hoxton

Another nice option for living rooms or reception rooms is highlighting art work with a little wall light like the Swan Neck Cone Wall light below in this sumptuous green lounge. Again see how the pewter works alongside gold so don't be afraid to mix metals.

 Image credit: Burley Manor, Ben Harcom Photography

Image credit: Burley Manor, Ben Harcom Photography

Bathroom

I like to have quirky lighting in here too and as well as spots in the ceiling, side wall lights allow for a more relaxed feel perfect for baths. Currently we have a little glass light that is broken at the minute (I think it's the electrical connection as I've tried tons of new bulbs) and really missing it's warm glow so I would love to replace it with this little delicate light, the Brookly Glass Funnel Wall Light.

 My vintage bathroom!

My vintage bathroom!

 Image courtesy of Industville

Image courtesy of Industville

 

Bedroom

Bedroom lighting is definitely a place where lighting matters and I've already got grand plans for our new master bedroom of having long pendant lights hanging beside each bed. Recently for a client I suggested using a really unique lampshade I discovered at Industville which has a slight far eastern lantern feel to it, the Handcrafted Wire Cage Pendant. Because this room will be part of an extension I also suggested these Brass Sleek Wall sconce (at only £29) where the wiring can be incorporated into the build.

 Bedroom mood board for a  Room Service  client

Bedroom mood board for a Room Service client

Landing and Hallways

For some reason I have this pre-conceived idea that landings and hallways need a statement piece of lighting. What do you reckon? Maybe it's because the ceilings here sometimes can be quite high or the fact that these areas don't usually have much furniture so maybe they need something interesting to draw the eye. These cluster lights from Industville would be fab I think as they could potentially dangle quite low but you wouldn't have to worry about tall people knocking them with their heads! The Globe collection come in brass, copper or pewter like all their lights and you can specify how many globes you want and can even mix and match the metallics here if you wanted to get really creative! The other thing I love about this collection is that the globes have a slight mid-century feel...

 Image courtesy of Industville

Image courtesy of Industville

 Image Credit: The Paper Partnership

Image Credit: The Paper Partnership

 Image courtesy of Industville

Image courtesy of Industville

Other Accessories

Industville don't only specialise in pendants but they have their own range of cables, lightbulbs, ceiling roses and chains allowing you to customise everything. They also sell industrial hooks so where you don't want to re-wire the whole electrics in a room, you can just change the cable and hook it over to where you want it! Besides it's practical application I love the aesthetic this gives and Nancy achieved a great look in her kitchen below where the light couldn't be fitted to the steel beam.

 Three Old Factory Pendants in Nancy's kitchen. I love the way one is hooked into position across the beam. Lovely little detail!

Three Old Factory Pendants in Nancy's kitchen. I love the way one is hooked into position across the beam. Lovely little detail!


Well are you as a big of a fan of Industville as me yet? I love that their lighting works in a huge factory cafe, sophisticated restaurant or in our humble homes, whether the decor is traditional, retro or modern and I guess that's the beauty of simple elegant design, it never goes out of fashion. What is your favourite light and if you could have one light for your home today, which one would it be? This is a sponsored post and I will receive a voucher for Industville to contribute to my kitchen lighting. I only agree to work with brands that I love and would use in my own home as well as products that I believe will help you in your own DIY journeys. The trouble is, how am I going to choose from their AMAZING collection?!

Yours in colour and creativity,

Donna Ford Skirting Boards and Chandeliers

P.S. Where there is no photo credit, images have been taken and belong to me.

 Their brochure and metal sample rings along with paint testers for our ktichen

Their brochure and metal sample rings along with paint testers for our ktichen

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