Brighten up your home with a flick of a switch
Looking to brighten up your home for summer? It takes a mere flick of the switch.
One of the simplest style updates is to make the most of your indoor lighting.
Whether it’s playful touches with quirky lights, putting the beam back into bulbs, adding drama with a characterful chandelier or something as simple as changing a shade, the secret is to go with the flow and check out some of the current trends. After all, no one wants their decor to be left in the shade.
When it comes to highlighting certain areas of the room, it’s important to consider where the natural light is falling, especially when there’s a bright blue sky outside.
Whether it’s a neutral background or moody paint effects, if you want to create a brighter, more open feel within the space, the colour of the walls and use of lighting is essential. “Introducing oversized lighting is a fantastic way to add drama and interest to a living space,” says John Sims-Hilditch, co-founder of Neptune. “The atmosphere that’s created from the light cast of a large pendant light can really alter the mood of a room. The material and colour of the drum is also an effective decorative accessory even when the light is switched off.” Even choosing the correct light bulb for your pendant light is a simple way of altering the feel of the room, says John. He says: “Ask yourself how you want this room to make you feel. Light has the power to create a peaceful environment, where it can mimic natural pools of light, creating a serene ambience in your own home. Using a lower wattage allows for a more calming exposure, perfect for areas of the home that are intended to relax in.”
Lucinda Waterhouse, OKA founder says: “If you don’t have any outside space, transform your room into a romantic summer garden with a wooden chandelier, some plants and the gentle glow of candlelight.”
On a final note, don’t forget to spend as much energy on cleaning the windows as on your new lighting, so they’re sparkling in the sunshine.
Keats pendant, small, £78; chair from a selection. Available from www.oka.com
Palmyra table lamp, base only is £80, available from www. pooky. com
Grenadilla table lamp in saffron, £135; pleated Phula silk empire lampshade, £98; table and mirror from a selection; available from www.oka.com
Golden palm light, £450, www. grahamandgreen.co.uk
Corinium lampstand, medium, £105 and Oliver Lampshade, from £16; fvurniture, from a selection. Available at www.neptune. com