05/01/2018 - 06/01/2018 | Typecast

How Pendant Lighting Can Work for Every Room in the Home

How Pendant Lighting Can Work for Every Room in the Home - Pendant lighting hangs from the ceiling, making a statement and can work for every room in the home thanks to its versatility.


Lighting – it can be an afterthought when it comes to decorating your home, or perhaps you think that it can’t easily be changed. There’s a lot that you can do with lighting and we have witnessed a recent surge in interior designers focusing on it. One popular style in particular is pendant lighting. Pendant lighting hangs from the ceiling, making a statement and can work for every room in the home thanks to its versatility.

Living Room


Pendant lights are great for drawing the eye upwards so they are ideal if you have high ceilings in your living room. You could opt for one pendant light or a few to make a design statement. In terms of style – the choice is yours. You could choose a brushed or plated metal finish if you prefer a modern industrial style, or ceramics and glass for a more elegant feel.

Bedroom


In the bedroom, there are a couple of places to put pendant lights. You could swap your bedside table lamps for pendant lights which hang at either side of your bed. You could also use a pendant light over your bed – just make sure that it is high enough to avoid any accidents when you sit up! Some of the best pendant lighting styles for the bedroom are geometric shapes and chandeliers.

Kitchen


The best place for pendant lights in the kitchen is over your island or dining area. You may want to use a dimmer switch if you also use these areas to relax as pendant lights can provide a bright, focused task light. LED pendant lights are a good choice for the kitchen as they work well with dimmer switches. A popular interior design trick for pendant lights in kitchens is the rule of three – place three pendant lights over your island or eating area. Metal pendant lights look great in the kitchen as they will co-ordinate with cabinet handles.

Hallway


Pendant lights are brilliant for open spaces such as the hallway. They generally look quite artistic, so they are great to use as artwork. Think geometric style or even a large drum shape – don’t be afraid to make a statement. Your hallway isn’t always an area that you can decorate very easily, so make the most of the light!

How Pendant Lighting Can Work for Every Room in the Home - Pendant lighting hangs from the ceiling, making a statement and can work for every room in the home thanks to its versatility.

Why Choose Pendant Lights?


Pendant lighting is a great choice of lighting for the home as it comes in so many different shapes and styles. You can choose a lighting to suit your decor style whether that’s an exposed bulb for an industrial look or a drum-shaped pendant for a contemporary room. Pendant lights can assist in reducing clutter in your home as they reduce your need for lamps.

Pendant Lighting Ideas and Tips:


  • Choose a shade with cut-out pieces and it will cast beautiful shadows in the room.Use your pendant lights as a colour contrast – yellow in a monochrome room, for example.
  • If you want to hang pendant lights in your bedroom but you’re worried about bumping your head, hang it at the end of the bed.
  • If you’re hanging a pendant light over your staircase, make sure its high enough!
  • If you’re using pendant lights in the kitchen, choose a finish which is easy to clean – think about how greasy and steamy your kitchen can be!
  • Odd numbers of pendant lights look better than even numbers.
  • A pendant light should be hung around 28-32 inches above a table and 72 inches off the floor.

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How We Use Our Whiteboard

I used to have a whiteboard on the wall in my home office. That was, until the grandchildren discovered the joy of being able to draw on it, using my multi-coloured pens. Gone was the space I had for my scheduling and instead were cute little drawings and notes from the girls. A joy to read but not so great for my productivity.

Whiteboards have always fitted into the corporate world for me. I used them to display notes and prompts when delivering courses a few years ago, and with my new career in advertising, my professional life now revolves around the sales figures on the whiteboard. Back at home, it was fascinating to see how productive and interactive the girls where when given a dry erase whiteboard as oppose to the usual pens and paper. 
How We Use Our Whiteboard - Wedge Whiteboards are manufactured in the UK, come in a wide range of orientations / sizes and are available to buy on Amazon.  I would not hesitate to recommend Wedge Whiteboards and I would also love to hear your suggestions on how you would use a whiteboard in your home or office.


I needed a whiteboard at home for my scheduling, however I also needed a dry wipe whiteboard for my grandchildren to use when they came around to visit. The solution? The A2 Wedge Whiteboard from Wedge Whiteboards. This triangular prism sits perfectly on our table and the fact that it is double sided means that there are no arguments about who has more space to draw on. We have been able to revisit some ‘old-fashioned’ games such as battleships, nought and crosses and hangman. We also use the whiteboard for homework task without wasting reams of paper. It is also encouraging to see ‘analogue interaction’ from the grandchildren rather than them bent over a tablet or a mobile phone. 

There are four pens and two erasers provided with the board, but we have also been using our Chalkola markers on it too. As a huge bonus, Wedge Whiteboards are also magnetic, so my youngest grandchild who is only 19 months old can also play with some magnetic shapes and interact with his siblings.

When the grandchildren are not here, the A2 Wedge Whiteboard does not sit around unused and unloved. On the contrary, I use it every day to leave little notes for my husband, mainly reminders like ‘put the bins out’ or ‘please pick up a pint of milk’. When we went on holiday, it was the perfect way to leave a checklist of tasks and reminders for my sons who were house-and-dog-sitting.

Wedge Whiteboards are manufactured in the UK, come in a wide range of orientations / sizes and are available to buy on Amazon.

I would not hesitate to recommend Wedge Whiteboards and I would also love to hear your suggestions on how you would use a whiteboard in your home or office.

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REVIEW : Looking4Parking - Meet and Greet Airport Parking Service

REVIEW : Looking4Parking - Meet and Greet Airport Parking Service - We've used "park and ride" services on a number of occasions, both from Manchester Airport and from Leeds Bradford Airport and cannot fault them. There's always a shuttle bus just a couple of minutes away and the cars are stored in secure parking lots so I was interested to see what the extra £20-£30 would buy me.


We've recently been away to Tenerife, flying from Manchester Airport, and used the "Meet and Greet" service from Looking4Parking

We've used "park and ride" services on a number of occasions, both from Manchester Airport and from Leeds Bradford Airport and cannot fault them. There's always a shuttle bus just a couple of minutes away and the cars are stored in secure parking lots so I was interested to see what the extra £20-£30 would buy me.

Arriving At The Airport


We were provided with clear instructions on how to approach our terminal at the airport and we were asked to ring ahead 20 minutes before we arrived.  We were directed straight to the drop-off point at the front of the terminal, guided into designated parking bays for this service and met by our chauffeur.

The usual exterior checks were done for any existing external damage to the car (bumps, scratches, etc) and the mileage recorded. Then we were given a card with contact details and asked to ring a telephone number on our return after we'd cleared passport control, baggage collection and customs and then pointed in the direction of the check-in desks (literally across the road).

We checked in smoothly and headed off for our holiday.

Coming Home


Our flight out of Tenerife landed early but the baggage took over and hour and a half to arrive on the belt.  I rang the number provided to explain about the delay and was asked to ring back once we had cleared customs.  It was explained that the chauffeurs weren't allowed to hang around in the drop-off point if there were any further delays which is totally understandable. A short while later, we were clear so I rang back and we were directed to a specific meeting point outside the airport building - but in a designated pick-up area - for our chauffeur to bring our car back.

It was 1.00am and we waited around 10 minutes for our car to be returned. We were handed our car keys but we were stood in the middle of the collection area at Manchester Airport. There wasn't a real chance to check over the car, plus there was just street/car park lighting available. We were also informed that we were responsible for the (recently installed) £4 exit fee from the car park.  Luckily I had change available but we were totally unaware of this charge. Having looked back on my paperwork when the service was booked, it is mentioned on there but it's worth noting.  You will be given the exit token by your chauffeur and there is a payment meter just by the waiting area.

The above comments are all advisories and do not deter from the fact that the service was speedy and professional.  It's always a worry to hand over your car to someone else to drive away and store for a couple of weeks but it's such an easy and reasonably price service that I can't fault it. Our two drivers were pleasant and gave us ample instructions at drop-off and collection.  Not having to queue up for a shuttle bus and travel 5 miles or so to and from the airport was definitely a bonus.

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Frequently Asked Questions (prompted by friends who were interested in this review)


Is there an easy option for wheelchair users?

The "Meet and Greet" service is as close as you can get to the door of the terminal and check-in area. From my experience at Manchester Airport, the drop-off area is flat, there is a zebra crossing across to the terminal and then you are straight into the airport.  There will be other similar facilities in other Terminals and airports but it would be best to check before booking.

Where is the car stored for the duration of the holiday?

Again, in my experience storage areas are manned 24 hours a day.  The secure car parks are usually around 5 miles away from the airport and located on industrial estates.  When we flew from Leeds Bradford last year, the secure car park was literally across the road from the airport and the shuttle service took 2 minutes, door-to-door.

How is the car moved?

The chauffeur drives it. The company will be fully insured for this service.

What happens if the car is damaged?

You should be offered the opportunity to inspect your car fully before accepting it back.  As noted above, when our car was returned this proved very difficult in the dark car park. I would imagine that if there was any notable damage to your car, your chauffeur would be expected to point it out to you and offer you an option to rectify the situation

Are there any other options?

Looking4Parking offer a variety of parking options including off-site parking (the Meet and Greet service and Park & Ride), on-site parking and business parking.  On their website you fill in a short form to be offered the costings for each option.


What is the cost?

This varies throughout the year.  We travelled in April and the car was parked for two weeks. Our Meet and Greet service would have cost £70 compared to £45 for the shuttle Park and Ride service. In high season this cost is definitely elevated.  


Feedback


I understand the service providers need to know when you are turning up with your car however I'm not sure how I would have been able to phone ahead had I been a lone traveller as my phone is always safely stored away whilst driving.

I zeroed my milometer when we got to the airport.  Firstly, I've seen Ferris Bueller... but also I was interested in exactly how far away the storage car park was.  Just a few miles were clocked when the car was returned to us. 



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