Ideas and Inspiration
When it comes to home lighting, many people center their focus on the inside of their home, but outdoor lighting is also very important, not only for ambiance and decoration but also for security. While there are four different kinds of outdoor lighting, you might find that the wall light has the most flexibility and the widest use, as it can be installed on any wall without a lot of trouble. But how do you choose which wall light from Urban Ambiance is the best for your home? Here are some things to consider when shopping for your outdoor wall lights.
What is the function of the wall light?
In general there are three reasons you might require an outdoor light: security, illumination, and ambiance/decoration. For a brighter, more far-reaching light, which is great for added outdoor security, choose a light that uses a larger, higher-watt bulb. A good choice from Urban Ambiance is the stylish Craftsman from the London Collection, which has a strong bulb that will provide ample light for all of your outdoor activities. If a low-light decorative ambiance is what you're after, try instead for one of the lights that require multiple low-wattage bulbs, such as the Cambridge Collection Colonial, which has three lovely low-light candelabras to gently light up your space
What kind of space do you need it for?
Of course, the brightness matters for the amount of space you wish to light as well: more watts equals a brighter and wider spread of light throughout the space. In general, the bigger the space, the brighter or more lights your space will require. If you wish to illuminate the front door, a single wall light of any brightness to the right or left of the door, or even above it, may suffice, though many choose two for ambiance. For an outdoor patio, you may need more or brighter lights to illuminate your space, depending on your activities.
What size is appropriate for your space?
One thing you will really want to keep in mind when choosing a light is where it will fit. Some lights, like the Oslo Collection Nautical wall light, are very tall, and others, like the Paris Collection Colonial, are very wide, so you will want to make sure you can safely mount the light in the space you want. Additionally, if you have a smaller outdoor space, like an enclosed patio, you may be better off choosing a smaller size, which won't look too bulky and out of place in your small space. For front doors and entrance-ways, however, bigger is typically better.
What kind of style do you want in your space?
Okay, now for the fun part: choosing the style and color! Urban Ambiance offers black, silver, and bronze in a variety of styles, from contemporary to rustic, nautical to farmhouse, and Asian to European, so you have a great selection to choose from. You may wish to match the color to the doors, windows, or furniture of your outdoor space, or the style to the design or theme of your house. Or, you can simply choose a style that you like. It's your home, after all!
If you've got an idea of what kind of light you want for your home, head on over to our selection of wall lights to see what we have in stock for your space. And if you aren't sure yet of what you're looking for and have questions, you can always contact us! Happy shopping!
No matter where you are in the world, when you think of urban style one city reigns supreme: New York City. Paris may be the City of Lights, but the City That Never Sleeps isn't staying awake in the dark.
Cities, like people, are bursting with personality. Choose what kind of vibe you're looking to capture in each room of your home, and Urban Ambiance can bring your vision to life in a socially conscious way.
Upper East Side Inspired
This side of town is all about decadence and taste; think of the silver plated fixtures and clean, sharp lines of the Plaza Hotel. If you take a walk down Fifth Avenue, you'll find yourself wanting to move in to every window display you see. A crystal chandelier hanging above a pristine white kitchen will make you feel like you're having breakfast at Tiffany's every day.
If you're looking for something more laid back and trendy, an industrial design may be a perfect fit. The mix of modern and classic can make any room timeless and worthy of photographing. Consider exposed bulbs and dark metals to achieve this look. We've come a long way since Edison's original light bulb, but the old fashioned style next to exposed brick can create an element of coziness and sophistication that was missing before.
Financial District Inspired
The Financial District of Manhattan is home to Wall Street and the famous Raging Bull statue. The hustle and bustle culture of this area of the city can be brought to life with intricate lines and bronze colors that will have you feeling productive and powerful.
Greenwich Village Inspired
An interesting mix of colorful charm and classic New York, this style is perfect for those who are a little bit of everything. Old Irish pubs line the streets next to flashy advertisements and vintage architecture, giving this area a forever young energy. To emulate this style, try bright colors and funky patterns.
For more ideas on bringing unique urban style into your home, contact us.