9 luscious lighting ideas to brighten up your country living room…

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  • See your living room in a whole new light, with ideas for lamps and shades chosen by Country Homes & Interiors.

    Whether it’s pretty or practical (or both!), lighting is crucial when it comes to your home. Take a look at these beautiful living spaces and be inspired…

    Flexible fun
    For a quiet moment with a book, select a lamp with a flexible arm and head to direct the light exactly where you need it. This zingy shade livens up the neutral walls and rustic floorboards of this living room. Draw up an armchair covered in an artisan fabric featuring foxes and foxgloves, its rusty shade enhanced by a contrasting cushion and a mohair throw.

    Similar lamp…
    B&Q

    Similar chair fabric…
    St Jude’s

    Photograph…
    Trevor Richards

    Work it
    If your living room includes a workspace, give it a dedicated lamp for a clear view of paperwork! This trestle table arrangement is a charming place to balance the books. Dress it up with a vintage filing tray, a colourful framed print and a clock to take note of any overtime…

    Similar lamp…
    John Lewis

    Similar wallpaper…
    Harlequin

    Photograph…
    James Gardiner

    Tartan chic
    In this log cabin inspired living room, highland plaids and checks rule the roost! The pendant lampshade takes pride of place above the sofa; covering a plain lampshade in a tartan fabric sets the theme, and leftover fabric can be stitched into cushions. Cosy up with a thick-knit throw and seek out wood-effect wallpaper and stag prints as a backdrop to the lodge scene.

    Similar lampshade fabric…
    Osborne & Little

    Sofa…

    Isabelle Sofa from Parker Knoll

    Photograph…
    Tim Young

    Wild wood
    The natural beauty of wood lends itself so well to country schemes. Start with rustic tables and a tall timber floor lamp, then select woodland artisan designs to build your theme, opting for an oversized armchair in a statement tree of life fabric – perfect for a snug or in a cottage.

    Similar lamp base…
    Habitat

    Similar framed print…
    St Jude’s Prints

    Photograph…
    Trevor Richards

    Glorious glass
    Wake up a classic sofa with a table lamp in sparkling glass. The turquoise shade of the lamp base and vases plays off the subtler blue/grey of the sofa. Add a profusion of flowery cushions to complete the effect. A ditsy pink floral curtain brings the hues of an English spring garden into the living room.

    Similar lamp…
    Brissi

    Similar sofa…
    Multiyork

    Photograph…
    David Brittain

    Ornate feel
    This intricately carved floor lamp holds its own against a zesty living space. Dress up the lampshade with a multi-coloured bobble trim to pick up on the citrus tones of the sofa, rug and cushions. Calm is restored against a riot of colour by the pale panelling and floorboards.

    Similar floor lamp…
    Loaf

    Similar sofa…
    Graham & Green

    Photograph…
    Jon Day

    Dark hues
    Be inspired by the interiors of chic boutique hotels and dress up a window seat nook with a little rural luxe. This elegant lamp base is just the thing to illuminate a corner. Its colourful shade ties in with the dense pattern of the curtains and woodland-motif cushions. Set it on top of a leather trunk, and add a stag’s head decoration.

    Similar lamp base…
    John Lewis

    Similar owl cushion…
    Lara Sparks Embroidery

    Photograph…
    James Gardiner

    Bright and beautiful
    A pictorial lampshade perfectly complements this bold living space. Create your own gallery, grouping a collection of images linked by theme or colour, then paint the wall in a dark shade to offset the artwork. The mustardy mohair throw and vibrant cushions make the sofa all the more inviting…

    Similar lampshade…
    Laura Oakes

    Similar canvases…
    King & McGaw

    Photograph…
    James Gardiner

    Cosy cavern
    Set up a living room scene reminiscent of old-world travels, with a classic leather sofa illuminated by a smart chrome lamp. Luggage-design wallpaper has a far-flung feel and a collection of rugs and cushions in mix and match patterns and sizes provide the emporium effect. Sit the lamp on a smart leather chest in place of a side table.

    Similar lamp…
    Houseology

    Similar sofa…
    Darlings of Chelsea

    Photograph…
    Jon Day

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