Light­ing as sculp­ture

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“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

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