Warm up your home with these lovely lighting ideas
Create a warm, welcoming haven with statement lights in shimmering metallics, rustic paint finishes and country-inspired shapes that look stylish by day and bathe your room in soft, intimate light at night.
In a cosy room packed with lots of creature comforts, including a roaring fire, nature-inspired antler lights complete the rustic feel. ‘These light fittings are made from resin and then hand painted which gives them their unique colouring,’ says Hollie Moreland, Brand Manager, David Hunt Lighting. ‘Much like a chesterfield sofa, they will never be out of place in a country home, but for a more subtle and contemporary look they are also available in black or white, or any paint colour you choose.’
Adapted from tradition
‘Some of the most beautiful vintage-inspired lights with exposed bulbs would normally be unsuitable for a bathroom due to safety regulations regarding the dangers of them getting splashed,’ says lighting expert Hector Finch. ‘But fitted with an Osh enclosed lampholder capsule, this wall light and other lanterns, pendants and chandeliers can be used with greater flexibility.’
‘Based on classic box lights and lanterns usually seen flanking period properties, this contemporary take on a traditional floor lamp combines clean lines with a rustic simplicity,’ says Peter Bowles, Managing Director, Davey Lighting. ‘The Quad’s glass panes, designed to showcase filament bulbs, lend a gentle industrial look, perfect with exposed brickwork and aged leather to create a cosy reading nook.’
Being tucked up in bed with a good book is oh-so appealing in the depths of winter. ‘Pendant lights are the perfect mood setter for any room, especially so when hung low over bedside tables,’ says John Sims-Hilditch, Managing Director, Neptune. ‘The solid metal shade directs light downwards, providing a cosy, inclusive feel. Experiment with the height of the fitting before it is wired into place, to avoid any glare.’
‘This elegant tall design is an exact copy of a 1920s turned wood lamp base,’ says Mark Betty, Lighting Specialist, Tobias and the Angel. ‘It can be painted in one of our nine paint shades, or your own colour, and we’ll complete it with a bespoke shade in any shape, from any number of materials in myriad ways. Whether used to light a desk or bedside, it’ll really lift the room’s design and make it feel thoroughly decorated.’
Bring the forest feel closer to home with a wow-factor chandelier decked out in a flurry of autumnal oak leaves. The rustic, country-inspired design ties in neatly with traditional leather seating, while an iconic chrome Anglepoise lamp designed in 1934 provides light for reading, and the glow from a contemporary hole in the wall pebble fire completes the modern country room.
No country home is complete without the magic worked by a pendant light. For a dramatic effect, select a simple dome shape with black exterior and shimmering gold interior. Whether hung as a single fitting centred over a dining table or in a row of three or five above an island unit in a kitchen, pendants work best when highlighting one area within an open-plan space.
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