MAKE A HOUSE A HOME

In OUR on­go­ing SE­RIES, we se­lect sim­ple coun­try-style hero pieces THAT look BEAU­TI­FUL... And make LIFE Even BET­TER

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With the per­fect read­ing light

TASK LIGHT­ING IS ABOUT POOL­ING BRIGHT­NESS INTO A SMALL AREA, CRE­AT­ING A ZONE TO IL­LU­MI­NATE WORDS AND PIC­TURES FOR AN ALL-ROUND PLEAS­ANT READ­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE. FIND­ING THE RIGHT TA­BLE LAMP IS ALL ABOUT MATCH­ING STYLE WITH PURPOSE, BUT THIS SIM­PLE HOME ACCESSORY CAN ALSO BE AN AT­TRAC­TIVE AD­DI­TION TO A COR­NER OF A COUN­TRY HOME TOO.

what’s THE story? light­ing in the do­mes­tic home leaped in the late 19th cen­tury from can­dle to in­can­des­cent flame when

Joseph swan and thomas edi­son sep­a­rately in­vented the com­mer­cially vi­able bulb. the two combined forces soon af­ter to cre­ate the edi­son & swan united elec­tric light Com­pany. ini­tially lamp de­sign took a more prac­ti­cal stance with in­dus­trial style stands, but with the great de­sign ex­plo­sion of the Arts & Crafts and Art nou­veau move­ments, light­ing bases and ad­di­tion­ally shades be­came a new way to add style and bright­ness to a home. A choice of ma­te­ri­als was ex­plored, from ce­ramic and stoneware to metal and glass, mak­ing for very in­di­vid­ual and imag­i­na­tive pieces.

which style To choose Match the lamp to the scale of the sur­face it sits on. Keep it sim­ple with a can­dle­stick-style wooden base and linen lamp­shade. or for a more op­u­lent touch, choose a pat­terned shade and or­nate metal stand.

style IT Up Mix and match dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als for lamp bases and shades for in­di­vid­ual style. Dif­fer­ent shaped shades also draw the eye and of­fer a range of looks, from clas­sic coun­try cones to mod­ern drums and cubes.

Vaude­ville lamp, col An­tique Gold, H52xw17xd17cm, £225 (shade not in­cluded), Oka. Choose fab­ric shades that com­ple­ment the room’s fur­nish­ings and up­hol­stery for a co­he­sive, de­signer look.

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