Good lighting is key to a great room…

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Image via Saarmanche Blog

Lighting can literally transform a room, from so so to so fabulous!  Take this room for example. This dining space belongs to my IG friend Saar from the Netherlands.  I have always loved this dining table and mirror combination, and how the sunlight falls on it, streaming in through the French doors to the garden.

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Then one day this lamp appeared.  And had us all at ‘hello!’.  The room was completely transformed.  This one simple addition had turned Saars humble dining space into a pin-sation over night!

I am always on the hunt for simple yet stunning lighting.  In my own dining room, I have an standard lamp, which hides in the corner close to the under stairs cupboard.  I don’t like it! It jars with the rest of my decor.  So on what seems like a never ending mission, I am scouring the web looking for suitable alternatives.

I recently came across LampCommerce, a light lovers compendium! Pages and pages of designer lighting for all budgets, so much to choose from!  I particularly love the Tom Dixon floor lamp – could this be the one?!  Who am I kidding, there will never be just ‘one’, such is my love of cool lighting.

During the summer months, Dan and I head to the car boots at the weekend.  Recently we came up trumps and found a pair of 1960’s copper wall lights, which he is going to refurbish, and a red clip on angle poise light, which looks 1950’s in style.  Both need a massive overhaul, and presently sit waiting patiently in the shed for a time when he’s not so busy… I won’t hold my breath!

So, tell me, what lighting do you have.  Do you have a hankering for the industrial look or mid-century cool?

This post was written in collaboration with Lampcommerce.

All words and opinions are my own.

Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog

Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.