Hi, I’m Katrina…

8927_147327597042_636682042_2764863_6196475_nHi, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Katrina and I am the buyer here at Shades of Light. I have been in love with the world of home design since I owned my first Barbie Dreamhouse. Now I am living out that love through my dream job. I am so excited to share all my exciting adventures in the world of lighting and home décor with you! I search the globe for all the latest trends in order to bring them right to your door. I infuse my love of exquisite things into every selection I make. I design exclusive pieces just for Shades of Light to bring you unique looks you can’t find anywhere else.

I will be keeping you posted on all the latest trends I am seeing in the market place. I’ll share the most impressive pieces I find at designer markets, the next must have look for your home, and what to look forward to from Shades of Light. I will share tips and tricks I have learned through my industry experience. I will even personally answer your design questions right here from our Inspired Spaces blog. Who needs a personal shopper when you have me just a mouse click away! Be sure to visit our blog regularly so I can help you stay ahead of the design game! I’ll be seeing you.

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2 Responses to “Hi, I’m Katrina…”

  1. Pam says:

    I have a design question..I am downsizing from 10 and 12 ft ceilings to 9 and 11 ft. ceilings.. I am having a hard time selecting light fixtures for size and porportion to ceiling height. Is there a rule to follow..I have purchased the currey and co. Acanthus Leaf and Corkscrew French light fixture to go above my kitchen island which is 6×6 with a 10 ft coffer ceiling..My problem is I need something to coordinate to go in the banquet area which is 12×10 bay area..HELP!! Any suggestions?? Thanks! Pam

  2. Katrina says:

    I find that the first mistake people make with lighting is choosing a piece that is too small for their space, rather than too big. So this is a good question. There is nothing that breaks my heart more than to walk into a beautiful room and see a tiny chandelier. So my first bit of advice to you is, “Don’t get scared of size. Make a statement.”

    With that in mind there are some rules that are available on our “TIPS and TECHNIQUES“ page. (Click here)
    The size of your fixture should actually be determined by the square footage of your room. There is an easy equation you can use to calculate this. Click on the link above to see our rules for determining the proper size of a fixture according to your room size or table size. You will also find how high to hang your fixture above your table according to the size of your table and your ceiling height.

    Looks like you will need around a 22” diameter chandelier for your bay area. I suggest our Gold Carnival Swag Chandelier (CH10001). It is the right size and has an exquisite aged gold finish like your Acanthus and Corkscrew chandelier. Nice choice on that chandelier by the way! Another good option could be our Golden Acanthus Chandelier (CH09013). It has an aged gold finish as well and the acanthus leaves.
    As a designer I like to mix and match. Your home will look more like a work or art that you have put your heart and effort into if you pick individual pieces that coordinate, but are not actually from the same collection.
    Hope I have helped and I hope you like my choices! Thanks so much for writing me and keep in touch.