Swoon! Dream kitchen right there. Beautiful daylight flooding the space, minimal design and a large table for everyone to sit around. But what if we don’t have a room with floor-to-ceiling windows that flood our space with natural light? The next best thing is to think about clever ways of bringing light to your space, stylish pendant lights, table lamps and floor lamps to bring light to your darkest corners. Luckily, there are plenty of layouts and fixtures to choose from.
Online stores such as Lights.co.uk have a large display of lights to choose from. Ranging from eye-catching pendents, sculptural table lamps, or wall-mounted sconces, I’ve compiled a little guide of the best ways to use lighting in the home.
When considering lighting, think of your lighting and decorating needs in terms of three categories: General lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. All three work together to serve practical and vibe-making purposes. Here are some quick fixes to implement at home:
Hang a sculptural pendant
If you’re lucky enough to have high ceilings, why not hang a statement chandelier. I adore this room, it is quite dark and the white sculptural pendant lights has been used to create a focal point in the living room, and a modern paper design (like the one pictured) sheds light while adding visual interest to the space.
Plug in a floor lamp
Floor lamps can be placed strategically in a corner to brighten that space or within arm’s reach of your couch for convenience. Floor lamps play both a functional and decorative role since they fall under the ‘task lighting’ category, illuminating everyday activities.
When choosing a floor lamp that best fits your style preferences, if you’re going for a modern look, consider simple shapes and features, like a slim base and drum-shaped shades to avoid overpowering the décor throughout the rest of your space. On the other hand, shades with a tapered shape complement a traditional look.
Place a table lamp on a side table
Table lamps can instantly brighten a living room as soon as they’re plugged in. Opt for a design that doubles as a sculptural art piece to curate a stylish side table vignette, as I have above. This table lamp is from Tala, and it adds a little modernity to this corner of our lounge. I’ve also previously written a guide to table lamps if you would like to read.
Table lamps also fall under the ‘task lighting’ category as they play a functional role in lighting up desk space or a reading area, and can also serve as mood lighting. Table lamps can spruce up other areas of the home, too. Start to think creatively with table lamps as they can be used anywhere, from windowsills to kitchen sides and even on the floor!
So, here a few suggestions to help you to spruce up your space at home and bring light to dark corners. With us all spending more time at home now, you can try moving your current lighting around your rooms and see what works for you.