With less hours of sunlight in the day, it’s important to have great lighting throughout your home; it can transform a room from dark and drab to bright and beautiful.

The correct light fixture can add personality to a space and pull the entire room together, so it’s essential to get it right. With such a wide choice of both fixtures and styles, why not experiment and make a statement with a variety chandeliers, pendants and task lamps?

For rooms that you spend a lot of time in like the lounge and kitchen, a variety of light settings, from super bright to soft the answer. Rather than just one fixture with a dimmer switch, incorporate under-cabinet LED lights and recessed lighting in the kitchen. Elsewhere in the home, a combination of wall sconcing, overhead lighting, lamps and candles will provide multiple lighting options to suit your mood and activity.

The main ceiling light is a good starting point for a room, it can make a real statement, so go big and bold if you have a large room with high ceilings. The Rod Chandelier by Timothy Oulton is 1920’s Art Deco inspired, featuring dozens of light-refracting glass rods which create a beautiful warm glow. It would look great even in the most modern of rooms.

The Timothy Oulton Rod Chandelier


For dining areas, a smaller chandelier that will add a touch of glamour and bathe the dining table and your guests with soft light is perfect. One of my favourites is the Langan Chandelier for its timeless elegance and classic feel. It would suit almost any design scheme and is beautifully made, featuring antiqued silver hanging chains and shiny nickel curved arms.

Pendant lights are a big trend at the moment. Fit in a row above a kitchen or dining table for an interesting, contemporary feel. The Copper Pendant lights from Barker and Stonehouse give a stylish industrial edge, or for a bright pop of colour, the classic Kartell fly pendants really have the wow factor. For an eclectic look opt for a combination of colours, which would work really well in a bright white kitchen, or a room with a minimalist design scheme.

Floor lamps are a good choice for big rooms or hallways and I love the classic design of the Task floor lamp, which is great for a study or reading area. Table lamps work well to provide spot lighting, but can also really add something style-wise to a room. The Bourgie Table Lamp is one of Kartell’s best sellers, its modern take on baroque styling is really unique and the large, pleated lampshade creates a myriad play of reflections.

Bourgie Table Lamp (Titanium Metallic)

Great lighting can really make the difference to your home, so go bright and beautiful with your lighting scheme and create a space that’s warm and inviting, even on the most dark and wintery of nights.

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