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.

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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

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

Golden palm light, £450, www. gra­hamand­

Corinium lamp­stand, medium, £105 and Oliver Lamp­shade, from £16; fvur­ni­ture, from a se­lec­tion. Avail­able at www.nep­tune. com

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