GO WITH THE GLOW

Here are some bright ideas to lighten the darker days and longer nights of au­tumn

Solihull News - - HOME STYLE -

That’s it – sum­mer is over, done and dusted. Now, the cold snap be­gins and the nights start draw­ing in. But it’s not all doom and gloom – far from it, ac­tu­ally. This sea­son will bring brighter, bolder light­ing schemes that are more than enough to lighten any gloomy evenings – or days for that mat­ter.

MAKE A STATE­MENT

I said light­ing would be big and bold this sea­son, and boy did I mean it – think large state­ment lamp­shades over­hang­ing the per­fectly laid din­ing ta­ble or a quirky piece that has be­come an em­pha­sised ex­am­ple of your home’s over­all style di­rec­tion.

Light­ing is no longer a purely func­tional home­ware ac­ces­sory, in­stead think of it as a piece of art com­ple­ment­ing the rest of your home’s theme.

GO IN­DUS­TRIAL

Blacks, greys, whites… the cool and con­trast­ing colour pal­ette is well and truly back. Over the colder months this trend will be warmed up with large chunky knits and over­sized tex­tures, as well as the odd pop of colour with an inky mid­night blue or a char­ac­ter­ful mus­tard yel­low.

Amongst this scene will be matt black light­ing, fit­tings and fix­tures, as well as sleek retro black floor lamps, low hang­ing globe light­ing and sim­ple lamp pen­dants.

How­ever, could it be that this sea­son the in­dus­trial trend has met its beau­ti­ful match? Stun­ning con­crete lamp­shades that are of­ten teamed with a high- shine con­trast­ing de­tail­ing such as faux sil­ver or gold are wow­ing the in­te­ri­ors world. It may sound a lit­tle odd, but trust me con­crete shades look fab­u­lous.

STRIPPED BACK

Ex­posed bulbs have been ev­ery­where over the last year or so. They’ve been placed into open geo­met­ric shapes typ­i­cally in shiny brass. Yet over the fol­low­ing months you should be pre­pared for a shakeup, with a shift across to ex­posed bulbs in a more sim­ple pre­sen­ta­tion – think lowhang­ing line ups of three, only made dis­tinc­tive by their coloured cords or over­sized bulb shapes.

INI FO­CUS

That fea­ture wall, dark cor­ner or per­fectly placed ( and oh- so- on­trend) state­ment piece of fur­ni­ture – all th­ese places are per­fect choices for cre­at­ing a fo­cus with light­ing.

You should also think about your func­tional spa­ces – your din­ing ta­ble or kitchen coun­ter­top are both nat­u­ral places for a line- up of ex­posed light­ing, while a read­ing chair or desk is made all the cosier with a bow floor lamp.

GOG BIG OR GO HOME

Per­haps not for ev­ery­one, yet cer­tainly in- keep­ing with the artis­tic di­rec­tion this sea­son, are fea­ture feather lamps. Think bold state­ment colours teamed with out­landish me­tals and de­signs, and you’re half­way there.

Per­fect for a relaxing lounge or even a master bed­room – th­ese feath­ered beau­ties will add in­ter­est wher­ever they are placed.

SHIP AHOY

The time for a quick trip to the beach may be over, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be in­spired by the seas in our own home. This sea­son will see a grow­ing emer­gence of nau­ti­cal de­signs, typ­i­cally worked in by way of a sim­ple pen­dant light.

Fish­er­man- in­spired pen­dant lamps are packed with char­ac­ter and suit dif­fer­ent set­tings and in­te­rior themes, while a search­light in­spired piece will work fab­u­lous as a floor lamp.

The warmth and the sun­shine may feel fur­ther and fur­ther away, but in­side we’re be­ing kept toasty with plenty of light, bright and breezy light­ing trends.

When teamed with the deep, dra­matic hues that usu­ally roll in along with the win­ter, you’ll find plenty to smile about as the evenings draw in.

Th­ese in­dus­trial search­light­in­spired lights are per­fect for il­lu­mi­nat­ing an en­tire room

Use the lat­est light­ing trends to high­light the home’s most func­tional spa­ces, such as the kitchen work­tops For a softer ap­proach, the Vita EOS feather pen­dant – avail­able from Tay­lorsetc. co. uk or from Vita, is per­fect

Low- hang­ing globe lights look stun­ning

With Les­ley Tay­lor

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