Lighting as sculpture
“We see lighting like art. It is just as important,” Godrich says. High-end designers will spend thousands on a statement piece for a dining area or stairwell that does the job of a sculpture – and serves a useful purpose.
“Statement lighting is a great way of adding impact,” says interior designer Tara Bernerd. “A dramatic chandelier makes a real feature point. It is important to balance grander fixtures with more subtle lighting elements, such as spotlights and table lamps, for a softer, more intimate ambience.”
If you’re on a budget, look for large fittings that impress by their scale rather than their expensive materials or technical ingenuity. Go for bold outlines rather than fussy shapes to make a bigger impact. It still needs to be practical, though: to avoid bumping your head on an oversized pendant, seek out horizontal fittings that will cover more ceiling space.
There are some lovely branching designs around, such as Habitat’s Astrid light, an angular web of globes, perfect for low ceilings, or try Charles Lethaby’s customisable Vega8 range.
Spiral: the Kepler light by Nemo is £1,227