Ideas notebook Prepare to be illuminated with this lighting inspo!
Explore the magic of light and colour to style your rooms gorgeous!
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), bhgshop.com.au. 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 hardiegrant.com.
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Southampton 1 Light Pendant, $349, Beacon Lighting.