Our in-house Lighting Designer, Alex Darling, often gets asked how to create a Vintage Lighting look.  Alex finds by using bits of timber or ladders, or frankly anything he can find and combining this with his eye for design and knowledge of lighting he creates some inspiring vintage looks in Marquees, Barns or any location.  Sometimes the simpler the look the more effective it is.

Please read on  …….  Alex has written the following blog and created a web page to show you what to do.

(All images in this blog are designed, created and installed by Alex)

Creating a traditional centre piece using old objects can be fun and give that WOW factor to event spaces. Old wooden ladders, Stagecoach wheels and long wooden planks are just a few objects the work well for this type of restoration.  All adding to that Shabby Chic Vintage look, which is so on trend.

Using just a handful of electrical components, big old vintage lamps and a little bit of simple electrical know how  ……. you can transform that old wooden ladder or any other object that is to hand, bringing it to life.  Just think something that has been cluttering up your garage/attic becomes not only useful but beautiful too, as well as the halo you have for recycling!

So what do you use and how do you keep things simple ??

The above ladder has a single 10M festoon.  This has small drops moulded on to the cable to drop the lamp away from the main cable.  Perfect for the lamps to dangle down a bit.

I have also used some small screw in festoon drops which come in various lengths to create the height variation. These simply screw into the existing lamp holder in the festoon.

1 x 10m festoon, additional drops and a power source is all that you require….  not a single tool needed!  This can be used on pretty much anything.

Why not add foliage and paper lanterns too!

If you fancy more of a challenge this next method is for you, and really adds to the design element.

Use lengths of cable, tee box joiners and some lose lamp-holders to create a bespoke loom.

Drape, over your centre piece, or drill through the wood and hang the Lamps. Again, you will only need a single plug on the end of the lead to power mutable lamps.

SHOP NOW for all that you need the create this eye catching look… great for any event