Welcome the Winter With Mood-enhancing Lights
Relish the prospect of darker evenings with statement lighting to illuminate and inspire
Think beyond a little lamp to light your paperback and make a statement with a personality-packed piece. The right light can really set the tone of a room, adding energy and a touch of cheekiness. Grab the chance to have your name up in lights or say something else entirely. Just remember to choose your words carefully.
A hard-working kitchen space is a great place to inject a bit of fun. Replace sensible pendants with something unexpected, such as these bright colanders, and even the cloudiest of November days won’t get you down.
It’s hard to do full-on sultry decadence with the sun still streaming through the window. The longer hours of darkness offer an opportunity to turn up the glitz and treat yourself to some attention-grabbing light fittings. This matching set diffuses the light beautifully and resembles a pair of diamond-encrusted waterfalls.
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You may feel deprived of sunlight, but harsh lighting is never a good idea. Instead, indulge in the ultimate in low-level illumination – candlelight. The more candles you use, the more impressive the effect. Lanterns add to the romance of the setting, as well as being the safest option if you’re putting candles on the floor.
Ingo Maurer’s Zettel’z light may be more than 15 years old, but it seems as innovative as ever. Adorn it with pleasing thoughts and elevate a simple light to the status of poetry. This is an investment piece that will both endure and evolve.
Whether you’re living in the heart of the countryside or are more of an urban jungle dweller, make room for natural materials and organic shapes. The sculptural quality of these antlers makes them a fascinating framework for this light, which will look all the more gorgeous when the snow starts to fall.
Add just a hint of grandeur (with tongue firmly in cheek) by employing the classic English traditions of the pre-dinner drink and the decadent chandelier. The sherry may be finished, but warm glows abound thanks to these Lee Broom designs that turn convention on its head.
The trend of going lampshade free continues apace as an increasing number of decorative filament bulbs becomes available. And as if the little beauties weren’t pleasing enough, coloured flexes have come along to add to their fabulousness. The scribbly mix in this kitchen adds both colour and fun.
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Chandeliers have been the mainstay of statement lighting for centuries, so a pulled-apart version of the classic is both witty, refreshing and reassuringly familiar. This elegant line is utterly contemporary without being completely off the wall.
A crisp night sky can be enjoyed at any time of year. All you need is the right clothing and enough light to see where you put your hot chocolate. Outdoor fairy lights add a twinkling, upbeat mood – drape them on trees and bushes, or you could try an ingenious bit of upcycling, as with this inventive crate, experimenting with various fun looks.
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