Ideas note­book Pre­pare to be il­lu­mi­nated with this light­ing in­spo!

Ex­plore the magic of light and colour to style your rooms gor­geous!

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Contents -

1 In the zone

Our en­dur­ing love af­fair with open­plan liv­ing has ne­ces­si­tated we vis­ually sep­a­rate spa­ces into dis­tinct zones fit for pur­pose – note the use of the rug to de­lin­eate the kitchen and din­ing room. But main­tain­ing con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween the spa­ces is es­sen­tial for co­he­sion. And that’s where the use of same-type lights comes into play, stylis­ti­cally and ef­fort­lessly link­ing the ar­eas.

2 Hang­ing around

Col­lec­tions of any kind are meant to be shown off! Even the or­di­nary, the ev­ery­day and the prac­ti­cal take on still-life sta­tus when grouped for mass im­pact. If you pre­fer, feel free to art­fully mix them with other ob­jects. Try hang­ing a clus­ter of vin­tage – or new – hur­ri­cane lamps as much for the charm they’ll bring to your out­door pa­tio as for their ease of ac­cess dur­ing stormy nights and power out­ages.

Light­ing in­fuses your in­te­ri­ors and ex­te­ri­ors with per­son­al­ity plus!

3 Book club night

Ad­mir­ers of all things rus­tic will be en­chanted by this boxy bed­head of re­claimed tim­ber boards. While a dis­tressed look adds to the ap­peal, it’s im­por­tant you sand the boards first then wax it for a smooth fin­ish. No­tice how the striped bed­ding here plays to the lines of the bed­head. PS, love a good read? Dec­o­rate with a flex­i­ble-armed retro desk lamp you can ad­just to your needs – and that of your sleepy part­ner.

4 Cop­per daze

Let dreamy far-flung lands in­flu­ence your bed­room style. It can be­gin with a de­li­cious quilt cover, pay­ing homage to In­dia with its boldly wo­ven fuch­sia and turquoise tile-in­spired bor­ders. On walls, a rich deep blue will let the jewel-like colours sing. Com­ple­ment the scene with a non-tra­di­tional me­tal­lic pen­dant and ac­ces­sories.

Right: Son­ali Quilt Cover Set in Fuch­sia, on sale for $132.97 (queen), Left: Tri­pod 1 Light Floor Lamp in Tan, $189, Bea­con Light­ing.

5 Amp up nat­u­ral light with shiny sur­faces and re­flec­tive mir­rors 5 Go for gold stan­dard

It’s get­ting cold out­side and for a warm, so­phis­ti­cated look, opt for the in­ti­macy of dark moody walls and bring in the bling of the mo­ment – gold or brass light­ing. From the ceil­ing, on ta­bles and on the floor, you can cre­ate lay­ers of in­ter­est and mood with a com­bi­na­tion of fixed and por­ta­ble light­ing. The re­sult? A well-rounded scheme mixes tall, short, pe­tite and bulky. Try us­ing pen­dants, ta­ble and floor lamps, lanterns and can­dle hold­ers.

6 Bloom­ing pa­perie

In­side Flow­er­smith (Hardie Grant Books, $40) by Jennifer Tran you’ll find ev­ery­thing you need to know about pa­per flower mak­ing, from ba­sic skills to craft­ing re­al­is­tic ar­range­ments. There are over 30 ex­quis­ite flower and fo­liage projects with prac­ti­cal step-by-step in­struc­tions, tem­plates and pho­tos to in­spire and guide you. Find stock­ists at hardiegran­


Southamp­ton 1 Light Pen­dant, $349, Bea­con Light­ing.

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