How to light up your home
Lighting is one of the most important elements to consider when you are creating a certain ambiance for your home. Here's how to match the right light to balance the need for both the right amount of lighting and the aesthetic of your room.
Living room: Light needs to be strong enough to illuminate the area, especially if there’s a lack of natural light. If you have high ceilings, go large and sculptural with a bolt of colour. It’ll draw the eye upward and expand your sense of space. If you have lower ceilings, you can still use a pendant, but keep it simple and neutral.
Dining and Kitchen: If you have an open-plan kitchen, a beautiful cluster of pendant lights (we love the look of three in a row over a kitchen island) helps to highlight the zone and add a bit of decorating flair to the home. Adopt the European style of hanging the light just above head level when seated. It encourages people to gather underneath and creates a real sense of intimacy and sharing.
Bedroom: In the bedroom, a pendant light can be a truly beautiful focal point. Chandelier type lights can add an antique elegance, especially if you incorporate a ceiling rose and cornices. If you have a contemporary style bedroom, try a metallic pendant light with an exposed bulb, or a pendant made from concrete for an urban chic look.
Living room: Every living space needs at least one table lamp. It offers light control, sets a comforting mood and can draw the eye to treasured artworks, photographs and displays.
Dining and Kitchen: In the dining area, you want to control the amount of light in the room. Too much can create a ‘canteen’ effect. Instead, opt for a table lights set to the side on a buffet or a side table, it’ll offer a softer, more romantic mood
Bedroom: Bedside lamps are a staple for your room, and it pays to play around with shape and colour, it doesn’t always have to match! Explore modern shapes and lamp textures to contrast the room.
Living room: A decorator’s favourite, standing floor lamps can add sculptural beauty to a room and light up a dark, forgotten corner. These lamps look best when paired with an occasional chair or a bookcase, whilst an overarching floor lamp looks super stylish hanging over a long sofa.
Dining and kitchen: Floor lamps in the dining room can add off the side, additional lighting and set a romantic ambiance for your dinner guests.
Bedroom: Adding height to a space is a clever way to transform a room. Standing lamps can take the place of the bedside lamp for a modern take on tradition.
Mix and match your light bulbs to suit your room and lighting needs.
Fitting: Choose a bulb with the right fitting. Generally, lights come with either a screw fitting or a bayonet fitting.
Colour and brightness: The brightness should be determined by the room. You’ll want brighter lights in the kitchen and lights you can dim in the living and dining rooms. The colour of the light depends on personal preference, you can go for a bright and white light, or a warm light which throws a slightly yellow colour for a more vintage feel.
Shape: Light bulbs come in an array of shapes including rounded bulbs, candle-shaped bulbs, decorative glass halogen bulbs and retro-inspired bulbs for a vintage and industrial feel.
Energy saving: If you are looking for an energy efficient bulb, LEDs are sure to meet your needs. They may cost a bit more upfront as they last longer, but will save you in the long run with energy bills plus they won't need to be changed as frequently.