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Maxine Clarke – Lighting Direct

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Kitchen Design & Remodelling Ideas for Beautiful Kitchens

In most households, the kitchen is the centre of the home, and is used for much more than cooking and laundry. If there is a breakfast bar, a cosy kitchen table or even a full dining table, then the kitchen is the centre of the home for socialising too. As we write this post, we know huge numbers of people are working from their kitchen tables too, owing to lockdowns and finding space to work from home.

 

Lockdown workspace kitchen design

 

Designing a kitchen, or remodelling an existing one is rarely a small job. Whether you’re working with a tiny galley-style space, or you’re lucky to have plenty of square footage, your kitchen has to be functional as well as beautiful.

 

Designing a kitchen

There isn’t a perfect method of designing a kitchen – there are so many variables. However, these are a few of the things that you’ll need to do before you start browsing showrooms.

 

Set your budget realistically

You can spend infinite amounts of money on a high-end kitchen, but even if you don’t have a huge budget, you may still be able to make a drastic change – particularly if your existing kitchen is well-built, but is simply dated. We’ll touch on budget kitchen design further in the post.

 

Consider the needs of the users

If any family members are elderly, or have disabilities, then that may impact decisions such as where to locate appliances, while families with young children will have different needs from their kitchen.

 

family design kitchen on a budget

 

Establish the basics

Measure your space carefully, and if you’re keeping your existing appliances, measure them too. If you’re going to be remodelling the house, taking down walls or changing the layout completely, you’ll need to measure up and consult with builders, but there are other considerations to be made too. It might mean that there will be more space in the long term, but you’ll need to plan carefully – plumbing, electrics and heating will need to be planned for.

 

Find your inspiration

Before you start looking at options, pull together images of designs that you love. Pinterest is a great place to do this, and means that you can find effects and details that you absolutely love without needing to commit to them immediately. If you’re going to work with a professional kitchen designer, your inspiration will help them get the look that you want, with the budget that you have available.

 

Decide who will install your new kitchen

If you’re going to work with professionals, you’ll need to budget for installation costs. Even if you’re tackling the installation yourself, you’ll want a contingency budget, just in case something goes wrong.

Once you’ve found your inspiration and you’re starting to think about styles and installation, it is time to start designing. There are a wide range of 3D modelling design tools available to use for free online that will give you a good idea about whether your thoughts will work in reality. Whether you’re tackling your remodelling project yourself, or you’re going to be working with a company that specialises in designing and fitting kitchens, these tools can bring your new kitchen to life, and make designing much easier – especially if there are a number of possible layouts.

 

Kitchen colours

When it comes to kitchen design, almost every colour is a possibility, but there are colours that may work better than others in your space and effect you want to achieve. Searching online, you’ll find design ideas for kitchens in absolutely every shade you can think of. In colour psychology, reds and oranges are frequently used in restaurants and fast food logos to trigger senses of hunger. Although bright red or orange might feel a little too loud in your home, the effects can be felt with more muted shades, so you might consider using shades such as deep burgundies and terracotta.

In our previous post, we touched on the 2021 colours of the year from three major sources:

  • Pantone, who chose 17-5104 “Ultimate Gray” and 13-0647 “Illuminating”, a bright sunny yellow
  • Dulux, who chose “Brave Ground” – a warm, earthy taupe
  • US decorating brand Benjamin Moore – that chose Aegean Teal 2136-40

Each of these colours can work fabulously in kitchens – we envisage Brave Ground being used as a grounding, neutral shade alongside other tones, while Aegean Teal can work perfectly on cabinets and white walls to create a Mediterranean feel. If you love the feel of Illuminating but yellow walls feels like too much of a commitment, try pops of the colour on accessories on display, such as glassware, trays, chairs or lighting.

If you love the idea of vibrant Mediterranean walls, then we recommend pairing this with subtle grey light fixtures on your walls or ceiling.

 

colourful yellow pretty kitchen

pop of colour beautiful kitchen orange

 

Kitchen cupboards

Deciding the right cabinets for your kitchen can feel overwhelming – since there are so many incredible options to choose from. There are fantastic options for all tastes, but it is a wise decision to get the best cupboard carcasses you can afford. This means that in the future you’ll be able to update your kitchen simply by swapping out the cupboard doors, since many manufacturers create their kitchens to standard sizes.

There are a range of options when it comes to what your kitchen carcases are made from, and these are reflected in the price. Melamine-faced chipboard cabinets are a budget option, with plywood and solid wood cabinets being more costly. Be sure to do your research carefully to get the right type of fixtures for your home.

There are a number of types of kitchen cabinets that are popular at the moment:

 

Shaker-style kitchens

Shaker-style units have solid, painted timber doors that have a framed feature and veneered centre panel. While they’re a classic design that is likely to be popular for years to come, there are options to create very different looks, simply by choosing different colours. Neutrals such as cream or sage look classic, while whites paired with pastels can create a pretty kitchen. For a more dramatic effect, choose dark shades such as navy, slate or hunter green.

 

classic classy grey kitchen shaker-style

 

Slab doors

For the ultimate in minimalist cabinetry, choose slab doors. They look great in small kitchens, since they’re so simple – the lack of details can make the space feel bigger. To keep this style of kitchen feeling unfussy, choose matt effects, and avoid handles. We love the look in white, but different shades can create a modern effect, particularly in pastels. The simplicity of this style means that costs can be minimised and is a great option for a kitchen on a budget.

 

modern sleek minimalist kitchen

 

High gloss

While we expect the trend for high gloss white cabinets in kitchens to continue, there are more options to discover now. Lower maintenance neutral shades such as greys, taupe and creams, paired with marble effects provide the high-end look, without being quite so clinical.

 

high gloss kitchen counters low maintenance

 

Freestanding

Where there is a reluctance to attach units to the walls of a home – such as in period properties – freestanding units are a great option. Since they’re not necessarily made to measure, freestanding kitchen units provide the opportunity to rearrange the kitchen furniture once in a while.

 

Final details

When you’re finalising your kitchen cabinets, think about the details that will make your kitchen even better. Design details such as kickboards and cornices for the top and bottoms of your cabinets, and handles are essential to really round off your kitchen.

If you’re creating a family kitchen – particularly one with teenagers – you’re likely to want to add soft-close hinges and drawer runners to your cabinets. They add a small extra cost, but we think they’re worth the extra few pounds to ensure you’re not woken by a crashing drawer during midnight snack times.

As a final touch, consider adding under cabinet lighting to areas where you regularly prepare food. These are available in a range of light colours and can be hidden away behind molding; especially popular in period houses with more traditional cabinet styles.

 

kitchen details handles brass cabinets

 

Appliances

Many kitchen remodels don’t include new appliances – particularly on a budget. Luckily, since appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers are built to a standard size, buying new ones can be delayed until later. But if you’re changing appliances at the same time as the remodel, then buying all of them from the same manufacturer can help ensure that they complement each other.

 

kitchen appliances beautiful modern character

 

Decisions about which appliances to choose, and where to place them will depend on the needs of the household as well as the space you have available in your kitchen. You don’t need to keep appliances where they have been traditionally either – so make them work for you. Examples include:

  • Microwaves can be situated higher up on shelves, to free up work surfaces and avoid spills
  • Dishwashers can be raised to make it easier to pack and unpack
  • Ovens can be raised or lowered to make it easier to see cooking progress
  • Cooking hobs can be installed on a kitchen island to make cooking space more sociable, particularly if the island is to be used as an informal dining space

When you’re choosing appliances – particularly for a small kitchen, but also if you’re trying to keep your design minimalist – choose appliances with multiple functions. A great example is a combined induction extractor hob, which eliminates the need for an extractor hood, or a combined washer/dryer. This means that you’d be able to use the space the extra appliance would have taken up for additional storage, or leave the space empty to create a more spacious feel.

 

appliances raised microwave kitchen inspo

 

Lighting for kitchens

The right lighting is essential for your kitchen to work for you. Having ambient lighting and task lighting is essential, but the layout, style of cupboards, colour scheme and amount of natural light that is available will impact on the lighting options that you might choose.

Downlights over work surfaces make sense – you need to be able to see what you’re doing in the kitchen! But if you’re lucky to have high ceilings and are adding stylish ceiling pendants, then consider fitting LED lights that are hidden under over-head cabinets to provide the additional functional lighting that you need, without compromising the impact of your feature lighting.

Whether you choose a modern take on classic kitchen styles, you choose a masculine, industrial style kitchen or you choose an on-trend, high-gloss kitchen, explore our range of ceiling lighting for kitchens here.

 

masculine spotlights task lighting for kitchens

industrial bar pendant light kitchen atmosphere modern

industrial pendant lights task kitchen style

 

Designing small kitchens

When you’re designing a kitchen in a tiny space, you’ll need to ensure every inch of space is used wisely. With careful planning, you can ensure there is a place for everything – so make sure you’ve measured your space, and appliances before you start planning.

When space is tight, there are a few ways to make your kitchen feel bigger:

  • Utilise the whole of one wall for cabinets to free the space that you need
  • Tall units, or cupboards that reach the ceiling can make the most of space
  • Try open shelving (particularly at a higher level) – just be careful to keep them tidy, since cluttered shelves will have the opposite effect
  • Use colour carefully

Using colour in small kitchens can help to create a visual illusion of more space. Consider darker shades on base cabinets, with lighter, or neutral shades on the walls, can help to make the room feel like there is more space between floor and ceiling. However, using lighter shades throughout may work better where natural light is scarce – such as in this white and grey theme. If you’re choosing flooring, consider a bold floor tile to draw the eye to.

 

small compact kitchen island breakfast bar

 

Adding seating to a small kitchen – especially if you have dining space elsewhere – might feel counter-intuitive. However, adding it in the form of a small island can create additional storage, and extra work space. If building one in isn’t an option, consider a mobile butcher’s block that can be wheeled to where you need additional space.

In order to keep clutter to a minimum, it is essential that everything has a place. Finding clever storage solutions for your kitchen wares is essential, so search online for the best ways to make use of every inch of your space – particularly for those awkward corners and high spaces.

Think creatively – racks to hold items inside cupboards in non-traditional ways can mean much more space than if you simply pile them in. Finding a wine rack, hanging pans from the ceiling, or hiding your gadgets in a designated cupboard so they don’t clutter the surfaces means that surfaces aren’t cluttered, while storing ingredients in jars has become a huge trend on social media because of how beautiful and spacious it can look when done well.

 

glass jar food storage kitchen aesthetic

hanging frying pans kitchen storage

When it comes to lighting a small kitchen area, it’s best to avoid the current trend towards large ceiling pendants over kitchen islands or dining room tables, instead consider installing dimmable downlights that can be used to brighten up the room when hosting drinks with friends, or dimmed to offer softer lighting when enjoying a meal with your partner. Previously we mentioned under cabinet lights, and these are fantastic space savers, and are great for food preparation, but they can also be left on in the evening as a background light when you are settling down to relax.

If space is at a premium, consider moving your laundry appliances out of the kitchen. A utility room is a better place for them, or if that sort of space isn’t available, then look at where else they could be located. If you have a big bathroom, that can be an ideal spot, or a cupboard near the bathroom – it makes plumbing easy, and frees space in your kitchen. Not only that, if your bathroom is upstairs, you don’t have as far to carry clean clothes back to bedrooms. Put your iron and board with it to free that space too. Just be sure to check safety regulations before moving any electrical items to the bathroom.

 

Remodelling on a budget

When you want a completely new look for your kitchen but your budget doesn’t stretch very far, you might be inclined to put off remodelling until you’ve saved up. But if getting your dream kitchen is going to take some time, then there are things you can do on a much smaller budget to make things more stylish and comfortable until then.

With a small budget, there are many options for painting cupboard doors and walls, and to replace lighting to create an entirely different look. Replacing cupboard door handles can also elevate the look of the space with a small budget too. Assuming solid unit carcasses and a workable design, then replacing cupboard doors can elevate the feel of the kitchen at a much lower cost than replacing the whole kitchen.

 

second hand kitchen cabinets refreshed

 

If those aren’t an option, then buying a second hand kitchen can be. Finding used kitchens may be possible on websites such as Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree, but the perfect solutions may never become available. However, there are companies that specialise in second-hand kitchens, particularly for ex-display kitchens from showrooms and show homes. Like buying ex-demonstrator cars, you can get a lot more for your money by buying a second hand kitchen this way. In many cases, these companies also offer (or include) appliances from quality brands such as Siemens and Miele as part of the package.

Buying second hand may have additional costs that you need to budget for, particularly if your kitchen is a different layout, since screw holes may be exposed, or cabinets may need to be trimmed to fit your space. Professional installation will ensure that your second hand kitchen gives you the finish that you want, but at cost. However, even with these additional costs, buying second hand can still offer considerable savings on buying brand new.

 

custom second hand kitchen reno ideas beautiful

 

For lighting on a budget, consider our range of ceiling pendants under £50 and wall lights under £50 to maximise your cost savings.

 

 

Maxine Clarke - Buyer

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Stylish bedroom lighting ideas & modern bedroom decorating tips

Before you head to the hardware store to get supplies for a bedroom redesign, you need to think about the functions that you’re decorating needs to fulfil. Decorating an adult bedroom is a pretty different task to that of a child or teenager that uses their bedroom for homework, or for a spare bedroom that functions as an office. The multiple uses for bedrooms mean that when choosing bedroom décor, you’ll also need to ensure you’ve got enough of, and the right type of lighting for the room. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some bedroom lighting ideas, touch on some great tips that ensure your lighting works well for you, before ending with some tips for bedroom décor in 2021.

 

How bright should bedroom lighting be?

Most homes require bedrooms to serve several purposes, from getting dressed and ready for the day, providing a place to sit and study, or to read, allowing us to relax ahead of sleep – and of course, to be romantic with our partners. With so many different needs from a single room, there is no wonder that many people opt to have a choice of lighting in their bedrooms. As a minimum, most bedrooms have lamps that are close to the bed, as well as the overhead light, to provide the perfect amount of lighting for any given moment. There are two main types of lighting that you need for your bedroom: task lighting, and ambient lighting.

Ambient lighting is designed to flood the room with light, providing nearly the same amount of lighting as natural daylight. This is often provided from overhead lights, using bright bulbs that make it easy to see what we’re doing. With dimmer switches fitted, ambient lighting can also act as mood lighting, providing more flexibility.

Task lighting refers to functional lighting within easy reach of the bed, at a dressing table for the application of makeup, or at a desk – such as in rooms for children, students, or those of us who now work from home and have to maximise the use of space. This type of lighting needs the correct type of light bulbs to be installed – white or blue-tinged light bulbs for desk lamps or at a dressing table, and softer, warmer light bulbs for bedside tables that are to be used before sleep.

Depending on the size of the bedroom and architectural features, accent lighting may be used alongside ambient and task lighting – and having a choice of all three types is a great idea, since it provides the most versatility for different circumstances.

 

Bedroom lighting ideas

While our bedrooms are where we rest, and the lighting we choose needing to be functional and adaptable for our needs, it should also suit our personality, and reflect our taste in interior design. With so many different tastes and styles for bedroom decor, there are endless options for bedroom lighting to set just the right mood.

 

Add a sculptural shade

Create a striking effect by adding a beautiful, sculptural shade that catches the eye. Whether you add the shade to a ceiling light, or to lamps on bedside tables, the effect can be striking with the right ones. Use sculptural shades on bedside tables with minimalist styling to let the design of the shade take centre stage, or find an unusual ceiling shade to create interesting shadows.

 

statement light shade

 

Use a chandelier

If you’re lucky enough to have a bigger bedroom and higher ceilings to work with, then look at chandeliers to help create a glamorous effect. There are a huge number of options when it comes to chandeliers (and that don’t necessarily mean weekly dusting is required!) and there are plenty of styles to suit every taste. A few examples include:

  • Choose an uncluttered ceiling pendant in an unexpected metal such as black nickel for a sleek modern look
  • A hanging candelabra design can add to cosy boudoir styling without the hassle or risk of burning candles
  • To create a particularly grand effect, choose chrome and crystals to send light and mini rainbows bouncing across the room
  • For a more retro feel, seek out sputnik chandeliers with multiple spokes to add a 1970s vibe

cluster and cascade ceiling pendant

chandeliers

 

Choose soft light shades

A great bedroom is all about softness to relax into – and so accessories in the bedroom are all about textures too. Look for pieces that complement the feel of the room, in textures such as velvet or silk, or made from fabric with pleating. To add soft, textured lighting on a budget, try basic spherical pendant shades made from paper that can be found for just a few pounds.

On a standing tripod floor lamp, this unexpected feather shade draws the eye and gives off a glow that is easy on the eyes into the evening.

 

floor lamps, soft shade

 

Make statement lamp bases the focus

There are some phenomenal statement lamp bases available today that can add interest to a bedroom. Choose from lamp bases in traditional shapes, but with unusual designs or striking colours, or find statuesque lamp bases that allow the shape to take centre stage. Searching online, it is possible to find lamp bases in the shapes of animals, with prints that complement the décor, or even that can hold plants – so it is well worth taking the time to browse for something really unusual and that suits the styling of the bedroom.

We’ve featured this orange table lamp before, but we love the playful bright pop of orange that it provides to an otherwise dark decor, while the zebra feature keeps it tied into the darker theme of the room.

 

statement table lamp

 

Keep it monochrome

Keep your bedroom simple and timeless, suited for visitors of any age by using a monochrome effect. Pure white walls feel crisp and fresh, with contrast from the furniture and black and white print with a dark frame.

If you’re on a budget, this look is ideal since you can choose simple and inexpensive bases for your bedside table lamps, and choose simple shades. To create a different feel to the room, switch out bed sheets for a coloured set, and change the print in the frame to one that matches the colour of the bed linens.

 

bedroom table lamps

 

Evoke the feel of a chic hotel

When you’re decorating your spare room ready for guests, look to your favourite hotels for inspiration. Use shades from darker palettes to create a restful feel, with blackout curtains or shades to ensure your visitors sleep well. As in hotels, add wall lights on either side of the headboard to ensure no guests trip on their way back to bed. Be sure to use great quality bed linen and pillows to create a wonderfully comfortable room that your guests will want to return to, time and time again.

 

wall lights

bedroom table lamps

 

Use fairy lights to create atmosphere

Fairy lights have long broken their connection to Christmas and dingy student accommodations. While they’re not a traditional style of lighting for bedrooms – particularly for adult bedrooms – with the right type of décor and styling, fairy lights can be an incredibly inexpensive way to update and create atmospheric lighting in bedrooms for children.

Run a string of fairy lights along bookshelves to allow children who definitely aren’t afraid of the dark a little more visibility as they fall asleep, without the embarrassment factor of getting caught by their friends with a nightlight. For older teenagers, use a net of fairy lights above the bed to create a star-like effect, with piles of pillows and textured blankets to create a cosy, outdoorsy feel.

 

fairy lights for bedroom

faity lights

 

Bedroom lighting tips

When it comes to getting your bedroom lighting sorted, there are a few things we recommend thinking about before placing any orders.

 

Measure height carefully

As you’re choosing the style of your ceiling lighting, be sure to think about the individuals that will be in your bedroom regularly. If your partner, or another member of your family is tall, ensure the fixture has enough headroom clearance – bashing one’s head does not make for restful sleep!

 

Ensure your lights work for you

When you’re choosing lighting options, and lightshades for your bedroom, make sure you’ve got enough light where you need it – and that you don’t have too much where you don’t want it. If you’re a fan of reading in bed, be sure to check that you can see well enough with the bedside lights that you have chosen. With ceiling lights, think about whether the shade prevents the light from shining directly at your eyes when you’re laid on the bed – keep relaxation in mind.

 

Choosing lighting accessories

When it comes to setting the mood perfectly in the bedroom, sometimes additional accessories are required. In addition to choosing the right lighting – whether that is overhead lighting, wall lights, or lamps for your bedside table – you might want to consider which type of light bulb will set the right mood, and whether dimmer switches will help you create the right type of ambiance.

Nobody likes having to get out of bed to turn off lights – especially when they have just managed to get comfortable. Consider whether adding a smart plug controlled by your home assistant (such as Google Home or Amazon Echo), or through an app on your phone would make life just that little bit more relaxing. Unbranded smart plugs are starting to be more readily available and so prices are dropping – so adding one to your lamp gives you the luxury of never having to move when you’ve just got comfortable ever again. We have a range of bulbs that work with smart devices, please read the description carefully to ensure they work with the set up you have at home.

 

smart home

 

Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Few of us enjoy waking up in the dark in the middle of the winter. If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and struggle to wake during the dark mornings (or just hate waking up in the dark), one of the best changes you can make is to switch to an alarm clock with a built-in light. These alarm clocks have lights that gradually gets brighter the closer it gets to the time you need to wake, mimicking the natural dawn. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that they really work too. While the Lumie range are by far the best known, there are plenty of generic versions available online that provide the same experience.

 

Fighting insomnia

Falling asleep can be a huge challenge sometimes, even with a really great bedroom. If you suffer from insomnia, a sunrise alarm clock can help, since there are usually settings to mimic sunset, which can help you to fall asleep. If you have dimmer switches in your bedroom, use those to set lighting to a low level to help you wind down before bed, and be sure to add blackout curtains or blinds to prevent the sun from waking you early during the summer months.

When you’re decorating and choosing new lighting for your bedroom, don’t forget to choose warmer shades for your bulbs, especially for lighting that you use just as you fall asleep. White and blue-toned bulbs mimic natural daylight and are likely to stop you from falling asleep – which is absolutely not the desired effect. While we’re talking about blue light, it is a good idea to keep your phone or tablets out of the bedroom too. If you need to use tech into the evenings, turn on blue light blocking modes, and stop using them at least an hour before you need to sleep.

 

Bedroom decorating tips

We all know that our bedroom is our sanctuary, a place that we can go to escape the world and feel relaxed. But that doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone, and bedrooms should also reflect our personalities and individual tastes.

Depending on what you want to achieve with your bedroom, you’ll want to ensure the colours you use will promote a restful night’s sleep. Although you’ll naturally gravitate towards your favourite colours, it is better to use toned-down versions, particularly if you prefer brighter shades, and to use bright colours sparingly. Some colours are considered restful and calming, such as blues, lavenders, and pale greens, while cooler bedrooms may benefit from jewel tones or warm brown décor to evoke the feeling of cosiness.

 

Bedroom colours for 2021

If you’re looking to decorate your bedroom before lockdown ends and you’re looking for modern design ideas, you can’t go wrong if you start by checking Pantone’s colour of the year. This year, Pantone chose two colours for the year – 17-5104 “Ultimate Gray” and 13-0647 “Illuminating”, a bright sunny yellow.

Shades of grey have been popular for bedroom design for some time, due to the calming and restful feel that they bring to the room. While the bright yellow of Pantone’s Illuminating is likely to feel too bright on the walls of a bedroom for most of us, using Ultimate Gray on walls (alongside a white to prevent the room from feeling too dark) can create a perfect resting space. Add in pops of Pantone Illuminating throughout the room on cushions, bedspreads, and accent chairs for a truly 2021 bedroom.

If grey and yellow don’t suit your taste, perhaps the shade Brave Ground that Dulux have chosen for their colour of the year for 2021. Brave Ground is a warm, earthy shade of taupe that feels restful in a similar way to Ultimate Gray, but with more depth. It acts as a neutral and pairs well with other muted earthy tones, blues, and shades of deep pinks and lavender.

Finally, we look to US paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore. This year, they chose Aegean Teal 2136-40 for their colour of the year, a sun-baked teal that suits every room throughout the home, but looks wonderful in bright bedrooms paired with neutral blinds and furniture.

 

colour of the year - sunny yellow

colour of the year 2021 - teal and grey

 

Bedroom furniture

Making choices about bedroom furniture depends on the space you have available. Before making any purchases, measure the space carefully, so that you can ensure the furniture you pick will suit the room. The bigger the room, so the size of the furniture needs to be bigger. If you’re working with a small space, choose smaller furniture with clever storage solutions, and consider using mirrors to reflect light and make the room feel bigger.

Remember, a tidy space is much more likely to feel restful. To keep your bedroom free of clutter, ensure your furniture has enough storage. Choose bedside tables with enough space to hold the items you need for bedtime, storage boxes or benches to keep extra blankets or pillows, and use storage organisation systems (that are widely available online) to maximise the use of space in your wardrobes.

 

Bedding

Since the average person spends about 26 years of their lives asleep, it makes sense to have bedding that encourages restful sleep. Invest in the best quality linen that you can afford, either in 100% cotton or linen, with a high thread count. Having throws, blankets, and cushions available to the bed provides additional comfort and warmth for when you’re sleeping.

For more bedroom lighting ideas, search our ceiling lighting, wall lights, and lamps.

Maxine Clarke - Buyer

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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How To Choose Conservatory Lighting

As daylight fades, the right conservatory lighting can create a relaxed, warm and inviting space to carry you through into the evening. Whether you use your conservatory as a second living room filled with comforting furnishings or as a place to dine, we will show you the best lighting techniques.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular lighting options for this particular space.

Some Good Ideas

Wire Lighting

With no reflective surfaces to cast the light back into the room, a good choice for conservatory lighting is spot lighting on a wire system. We stock a range of wire light systems that have adjustable spotlights that can be positioned to highlight areas in your conservatory whilst avoiding glare from light hitting windows. It’s perfect for uneven ceilings too.

If your conservatory has an even ceiling then it may be worth considering spotlight bars with adjustable heads. These can offer a more modern lighting solution and come in a number of different finishes and styles.

Recessed Spotlights

If you like to star-gaze at night, it is probably best to avoid uplighters in your conservatory. To create real drama why not install recessed spotlights along your ceiling beams. Try a directional spotlight such as the Directional Downlight – White and add striking emphasis to interesting features such as potted plants and ornaments.

Low Level Lighting

To create a cosy ambience in your conservatory keep the lighting low both in terms of height in the room and brightness. A stylish table lamp positioned on a smart oak coffee table or window ledge will add an extra layer of light and texture to the room whilst doubling up as a reading light.

For a beautiful piece of lighting with a cream linen shade, well suited to conservatory lighting, take a look at the Edit Cross Table Lamp. Mix and match with scatter cushions in co-ordinating fabrics and even a vintage record player to make your conservatory feel like your own private getaway.

Floor Lamps

A couple of soft armchairs with a smart floor lamp would be a great option if you are looking for ambient mood lighting in the evenings. A stylish, and contemporary lamp such as the Edit Floor Lamp would be an ideal choice.

Chandeliers

Use statement lighting to create a centre piece. If you use your conservatory for dining, what better way to bring an elegant twist to your space than with a stunning chandelier positioned above your table. An ornate piece such as the Nina 5 Light Chandelier will bring glamour and sophistication to your conservatory lighting.

Pendant Lighting

Whether you want a traditional setting or a more contemporary vibe, pendant lighting will work well in a conservatory suspended from the ceiling. The Edit Rondure Large Ceiling Pendant will cast a wide beam of light, reflecting against the textured gold inner.

Picture Lighting

Whether it’s family photos or exquisite watercolours; attractive pictures are guaranteed to enhance your conservatory décor. Illuminate them without the need for costly wiring with the Medium Slimline Battery Operated LED Picture Light. We have a wide range of picture lights in traditional and contemporary style here.

 

Outdoor Lighting

You can almost be at one with your garden when sitting in your conservatory during the day. At night time the vast expanses of black glass can feel oppressive so a good trick is to install some outdoor lighting to draw your eye to the end of your garden. Dot garden stake lights in flower beds or use a tile light positioned in your brick work. The Searchlight Messina Rectangular LED Ground Light will add a wash of light to your outside space.

 

You really can take your pick of conservatory lighting to reflect your own personal style but don’t forget to consider the size and function of the room. From vintage glamour to minimalist styling we have the lights for you.

For more inspiration see our Lighting Ideas section.

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Maxine Clarke - Buyer

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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The Best Ceiling Lights For Your Bathroom

Providing lighting for the bathroom presents its own special problems and contradictions. The bathroom gets used at all times of the day or night, so lights are essential.

Lighting means electric light. The bathroom is frequently quite wet and we all know electricity and water do not mix well. Bathroom ceiling lights are the best option for the main lighting in the bathroom because the ceiling is as far away from water as you can get. However there is still steam to consider, even with a good extractor.

Zones and Ratings

Electrical safety regulations divide bathrooms into zones , Zone 0 being the wettest, actually in the bath or shower tray and Zone 3 being the least likely to get wet. Any area more than 2.25 metres above floor level is in zone 3. The average ceiling height in modern properties is around 2.4 metres, higher in older houses, so bathroom ceiling lights are likely to be in zone 3.  For more in-depth details of this topic take a look at our complete guide to bathroom zones.

This zoning is to enable electricians and anyone buying lights to know what degree of protection is needed for a given location. To find the degree of protection provided to a light, look for the IP Rating. This consists of the letters IP followed by two digits. The first digit refers to protection against fingers, solid objects, dust etc., the second to protection against the ingress of moisture. The higher the figure in each case the higher the degree of protection. Our guide to IP Ratings will give you the full rundown of what is what when it comes to IP ratings.

Be safe – use a professional

Installing bathroom ceiling lights should always be carried out by a qualified electrician. However you may well be choosing the lights yourself for him or her to install, so even a basic knowledge of the requirements will save you time and trouble and may even impress your electrician!

IP as standard

Bathroom ceiling lights to be installed in Zone 3 do not actually require an IP Rating at all. However remember, the regulations prescribe minimum requirements and it makes sense to use only IP rated lights anywhere in the bathroom if only because they are likely to last much longer, quite apart from any safety aspects. All the bathroom ceiling lights sold by Lighting Direct are IP rated to at least IP44.

Flush is plush

A small bathroom of a regular shape may only need a single bathroom ceiling light. Others may require several lights. In either case the use of flush fitting ceiling lights not only looks attractive, they keep cleaner and having their working bits concealed behind the ceiling helps to protect from the steam generated by a hot bath or shower. Here is a selection of bathroom ceiling lights available from Lighting Direct to help you find the right bathroom lighting for you.

Recessed downlights

We’ll start with multiple recessed downlights. Lighting Direct recommends any of the following examples.

1. The Astro Trimless Fire Rated Downlight is an inconspicuous fitting with a plastered over, trimless finish that is beautifully flush to the ceiling. A popular product from British manufacturers Astro.

2. The Luceco F-Eco 5W Dimmable LED Downlight is a fully dimmable fixed fitting that comes with quick-connect push-fit terminals for stress free installation. It is fully dimmable and has an average life expectancy of 25,000 hours, plus a 3 year guarantee. Available in a white finish, brushed steel, and polished chrome.

3. The Integral EvoFire Fire Rated Low Profile Fixed Downlight here is a great value super-slim 0.8mm bezel is 10 times slimmer than standard downlight bezels and incorporates push terminals to allow rapid installation.

To flush or semi-flush – that is the question

Lighting Direct also has many recommended flush or semi-flush bathroom ceiling lights. Full details of all of them can be found in our bathroom lighting section but here is a brief look at some of them.

1. The 3 Arm Semi-Flush ceiling light in a polished chrome finish with clear glass shades is a stylish fitting suitable for use in bathroom zones 1 and 2.

2. Offering traditional style, the Bubble 3 light Led Spotlight Plate is IP44 rather and suitable for zones 1 and 2. It is only 200mm wide and suitable for smaller to medium sized bathrooms.

3. For something even more glamorous, the Orlando Flush Ceiling Light with cascading clear glass balls on hanging chains is a light that becomes a real statement piece as soon as you install it.

4. Our top choice for a simple, but effective flush bathroom ceiling light: The Lucide Flush Ceiling Light is a round fitting with opal glass diffuser suitable for use anywhere in your bathroom.

A little bit more

If you really want to inject style into your bathroom via your ceiling lights and have sufficient ceiling height that a more protruding design is suitable, you will probably love the Ganso Bathroom Ceiling Chandelier. This stunning light has machine cut clear glass prisms on a chrome metal frame. It is IP44 rated so you can install it in Zones 1 and 2.

The choice is yours

The best ceiling lights for your bathroom could be any one of the above. Having said that, you know your bathroom best and if these don’t quite give you what you want feel free to browse our full selection of bathroom lighting to find your ideal bathroom ceiling light.

Looking for more inspiration and advice? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

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Maxine Clarke - Buyer

   Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Living Room Lighting – Set The Mood

Nowadays you need a living room that offers many different things in one versatile package, and good lighting can help you achieve that. Maybe your living room is part of a family home that needs a main light source for when the children do their homework, separate lighting for dinnertime and cosy, ambient lighting for relaxing in front of the TV. For those who want a high-tech, modern living room, we have a complete range of spotlights and floor lamps, perfect for parties and weekend entertaining. Whatever your requirements, we’re sure to have the exact lights you need for creating a living space that you’ll never want to leave. Click here for living room light fittings.

Dimmer Switches

The days of the lone light bulb hanging forlornly from the ceiling are well and truly over – nowadays lighting makes a statement – it lets people know what you, your home and even your family is about. It should also be about enhancing your life – emphasising design features or even being a feature in itself and it should transform your living room from a singular one-dimensional room into a space that has many uses and functions. Living room lighting also means choice when it comes to using a main light, using lots of smaller, secondary lights or combining both for complete lighting control.

You may want to use just a main light if your living space is a constant hub of domestic activity; if you work from home in the evenings, or help the children with their homework. To make switching between a starker main light and a warmer, softer light easy, you could install a dimmer switch for instant control. You can also use softer, secondary lighting such as floor lamps, table lamps or uplighters to disperse light or light up areas and corners of a room that are usually left in darkness, which helps to open your living room up. A picture light over pieces of art or photographs can create eye-catching features, and try installing reading lamps for those evenings when you just want to sit with a good book and shut out the world.

Enchanting Illumination

Lovers of glamour out there will be drawn to the Edit Souk Ceiling Pendant which is an excellent choice for darker rooms as it reflects light really well. Install this gorgeous ceiling light for illumination that sparkles and bounces – perfect for creating a wonderful centre-piece in the middle of your room.

A Time For Reflection?

Classic and simple, the Edit Mathis Plaster Up & Down Wall Light can be painted to fit in with any colour scheme thanks to an unglazed ceramic finish; but what makes this really special, is the fact that it softens light and prevents glare by throwing light upwards and down. It is a very useful light for installing in rooms that need strong illumination without the glare, such as a study.

The Perfect Lighting Relationship

A versatile light for your living room is the Montana ‘Mother and Child’ Floor Lamp – Satin Chrome. This cool looking light has dual functionality, serving as a standard floor uplighter – perfect for creating cosy ambience – or making relaxing with a good book easy thanks to a task-specific reading light. This is also a great tool for keeping energy bills down as you don’t have to keep the main light on just to read, or it can be an excellent tool for those of you who need the added comfort of a reading light coupled with a main light to avoid eye strain. Place it in a corner along with your favourite armchair to create the perfect reading space.

Home Sweet Home

If you like traditional styles, but you like them to have an edge, then the striking Dar Oporto could be the table lamp for you. The rich, eye-catching tones of the design make this a lamp that could sit easily in most rooms from the bedroom to a grand hallway. Its classic, thoughtful design means it won’t go out of fashion any time soon and will be around for years to come.

Buck The Trend

Now for the piéce de resistance – the Edit Rod 15 Arm Pendent is for those of you who enjoy something more than a little different. This industrial style light would make an excellent, eye-catching centre-piece that will bring a bit of drama in to your home! Why not place it in the middle of your room and build up the rest of your décor around it? If you have a very large living space, you could even hang two at opposite ends of the room, to make a bold and interesting statement – perfect for hosting parties, entertaining or just relaxing and playing cards with the family.

So, now that we’ve established how important living room lighting is, why not have a browse through our selection and take your pick?

Looking for more inspiration? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke - Buyer

   Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Five ways to reuse your Christmas fairy lights all year round

Taking down Christmas decorations can leave your home looking a little dim and lifeless come January. Those of us that use a lot of festive lighting around our homes are likely to notice the change most, as corners previously illuminated by trees and feature lights return to darkness, and magical lights that once flickered and twinkled are replaced with practical lamps. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

While some Christmas lights should rightly be reserved for Christmas, there are others that can be enjoyed year-round. Fairy lights, for example, are extremely versatile and can be incorporated into most interiors, at any time of year. Not convinced? Here are five inspiring ideas that should help you change your mind.

Subtle bedroom illumination

Your bedroom isn’t just for sleeping. It’s a space to relax, to watch some television or read a book, and to chill out after a long day. Wrap your twinkling fairy lights around your headboard or along the length of a shelf or windowsill to create a calming boudoir atmosphere fit for unwinding and catching those zzzs.

Give your mirror the LED treatment

A mirror surrounded in soft fairy lights adds a touch of glamour, as well as adding some useful illumination for those close-up inspections.

 

Create a wall art feature

If your New Year’s resolution is to be more thrifty or crafty, then consider an upcycling project that will turn your Christmas lights into an artistic feature in your home that shines bright all year around.

Faux fire

There’s no feeling quite like cosying up around the warm cosy glow of a fire when it’s cold and blustery outside. If you’re fortunate enough to have a fireplace in your home (real or not) you can recreate that toasty feeling without having to reach for the matches, by making use of your fairy lights instead. This is a great option for warmer months, when you’re looking to achieve that cosy feeling, but don’t want the heat of a real fire.

Make decorative lamps

Another DIY trend that has been doing the rounds on the popular pages of Pinterest is homemade fairy light lamps. Simply fill a mason jar, vase, or glass bowl with a bundle of fairy lights and set them on a table, mantelpiece or shelves around your home. You can either use a single string of fairy lights per jar, or have a play around with multiple jars in a row, with a longer string of lights flowing in and out of each jar. These also make perfect party or wedding decorations.

Fairy lights are a charming and versatile light solution that can (and should) be enjoyed all year round. Got an idea for reusing your own? Share it with us on Instagram!

Maxine Clarke - Buyer

    Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Valentine’s Day lighting ideas

Whether you’re planning on going all out to impress that special someone this Valentine’s Day, or intend on keeping things low-key, getting the lighting right is essential for creating the perfect mood. To give you a helping hand, we’ve outlined below five simple lighting ideas for achieving the perfect Valentine’s lighting.

LED candles

Nothing says romance quite like the intimate ambience of a candle’s flickering flame. Better still, you can make the most of the moment and avoid any potential disasters caused by naked flames and dripping wax by opting for LED candles instead. Whatever your plans for Valentine’s day, candles add a touch of elegance to any room of the home, whether that be centre of the table at dinner, set around the bath, or next to the bed.

String and fairy lights

String and fairy lights are a fantastic way to create soft layers of dreamy lighting in any room. Whether your preference is for simple and delicate micro wire LEDs, coloured bulbs or cosy white festoons these types of lights provide a comforting feeling wherever they’re positioned.

Smart lighting

If you prefer to add intensity and drama to your evening, then coloured lighting is the way to really set the mood. From soft pink, to deep red, or a colour that you and partner both love, smart bulbs from the Philips Hue range, for example, can deliver up to 16 million colour choices to help you to set up for a romantic evening together.

Feature lamps

We adore the neon pink heart shape light or the Love LED rope light – both from Locomocean. These lights would make a great centerpiece for any Valentine’s Day meal, and would also make a great gift that can be enjoyed all year round.

With the ambient lighting sorted, all that’s left to organise for a truly spectacular Valentine’s Day date is the chocolates, flowers, dinner, and romantic films.

Maxine Clarke - Buyer

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Five clever things that you can do with Philips Hue lights:

Philips Hue is the latest range of connected smart lighting to join our Smart Home collection, and we’re excited to show you all of the cool things that these lights can do. In addition to giving you access to 16 million colours – yes, sixteen million – Philips Hue has the potential to completely transform the way in which you use lighting around your home, forever. Whilst by no means an exhaustive list, here are five nifty things Philips Hue can do to make life that little bit easier… and a lot more fun!

Sleep better

Philips Hue can help you wake up and fall asleep naturally by simulating the effects of early morning and evening light. When it’s time for bed, the lights will emit warm, white LED light that relaxes your body, preparing you for a good night’s sleep. In the morning, the gradually intensifying light will simulate the sunrise, much in the same way as natural light floods through open curtains during the summer.

Set your lights to welcome you home

Using geolocation technology, Philips Hue lights can be set to turn on as you arrive home – no more fumbling around in the dark for the light switch. Similarly, the lights can be set to turn off when you leave the house, meaning lights being left on by mistake becomes a thing of the past.

Control your lights with your voice

Philips Hue works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit to make it possible to control your lights with your voice. Turn them on or off, brighten them, dim them or change their colours to suit the moment – just say the word.

Create the perfect mood for any occasion

Philips Hue lets you play with 16 million colours or set any shade of white light, from cool energising daylight, to relaxing, warm white light – all with a single bulb! You could match the colour of your light to reflect the interior of a room, set the mood for a party, or help you concentrate on a specific task. Better still, all of your favourite light settings can be saved via the app and recalled with the tap of a finger.

Sync Hue with other clever apps

Philips Hue lights can be connected to a number of ‘Friends of Hue’ smart products to offer some truly unique experiences. For example, connecting Philips Hue with IFTTT (also known as “if this then that”) allows you to create fun personal Applets that will trigger your lights when something happens; lights can be set to change colour based on the weather, can be set to flash in the colour of your favourite sports team when they score a goal, or even pulse when you receive an email or social media notification.

With Philips Hue, the possibilities are endless. Click here try it for yourself

Maxine Clarke - Buyer

     Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Incorporating decorative filament bulbs into your home decor

Available in a wide array of shapes and styles, decorative filament bulbs are perfect for making a feature from the lighting in your home. Most decorative filament bulbs now use low wattage LED technology, meaning they’re eco-friendly and save you money on your electricity bill too. Below, we’ve highlighted five ideas for incorporating decorative filament bulbs into your home.

Sky 3 light cluster ceiling pendant

Designed specifically to showcase decorative filament bulbs, the Sky 3 light cluster ceiling pendant will hang beautifully above a table or breakfast bar, or if ceiling height allows, the fitting could also make for a stunning feature above a stairwell. The combination of black metal and fabric makes this fitting extremely versatile, meaning it would look great in almost any room.

Sky 5 light ceiling pendant

The Sky ceiling pendant is a fitting that looks particularly stunning when used in a cluster of four or five, set at varying heights, with a different decorative bulb at the end of each stem to create a unique focal point. Alternatively, this fitting will showcase decorative bulbs beautifully when hung on its own, or with multiples positioned in a uniform row above the length of a table, sofa, or bathtub, for example.

Eglo Townshend 6 light

Make mealtimes more chic with a bar pendant adorned with decorative bulbs, such as the Eglo Townshend 6 light ceiling fixture.

Astro Newbury outdoor wall light

Decorative filament bulbs can also be used to create a welcoming ambiance outside of the home. Something as simple as a squirrel or tubular bulb nestled within a wall light adjacent to a front door can create a real focal point for visitors and guests as they arrive and depart.

Edit Tesa 5 light chandelier

A simple and elegant chandelier such as this 5 light chandelier by Edit is ideal for showcasing decorative filament bulbs. Incorporating decorative bulbs into a chandelier will give off a soft glow to mimic the flickering of a candle flame, creating a warm, homely atmosphere in any room.

From round globe balls, to squares, and even curled bayonets, decorative filament bulbs are available in an assortment of shapes, sizes, colours and styles, allowing for endless creative possibilities. Even the most simple of light fittings can be transformed into something truly stunning, just by replacing the bulb. Explore our full range of decorative filament bulbs here.

For a more classic look, the Lucide 5 bar pendant with its twisted woven fabric cable and satin gold finish will look amazing paired with decorative globe bulbs.

Maxine Clarke - Buyer

    Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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‘Hygge’ up your home with these cosy lighting tips

The Danish word Hygge (pronounced as hoo-ga) cannot be directly translated to any English word, but it involves appreciation of the small things in life, cosy and peaceful moments, and being surrounded by a feeling of joy and wellbeing. No wonder then that Denmark is frequently cited as one of the happiest countries on earth.

Lighting is one of the simplest ways to create a warm and cosy atmosphere in the home, especially now that the temperature is dropping and the nights are drawing in. Here are some of our favourite lighting tips for ‘hygge-ifying’ your home to create your own happy place this winter.

Candlelight delight

Nothing says hygge more than enjoying a cosy retreat away from the harsh cold outdoors. Imagine that feeling of putting your feet up and relaxing on the sofa after a long day, in the comfort of the soft warm glow of a flickering candle. Better still, LED candles create all of that cosiness without a naked flame – ideal if you have children around, or if you drift off to sleep.

Majestic fairy lights

There is something quite magical about looking up at the twinkling stars on a dark night – some might describe this as a hygge feeling. Fairy lights are an ideal way to bring this charm into the warmth and comfort of your own home.

Fairy lights are available in a wide range of shapes, colours, and sizes, and can be used in a variety of ways – from wrapping them around bookshelves and mantelpieces, to clustering them into large glass vases and bowls – these lights are as flexible as they are magical.

Get personal with smart lighting

Different times of day and seasonality can drastically change the look and feel of a room. For this reason, lighting needs to be adaptable to different situations and times of year, and smart lighting is the perfect solution for achieving this. Smart lighting allows for full control over the colour and brightness of lighting, which is ideal for when you need to change the ambiance – simply pick up your smartphone, open the app, and choose a colour that matches your mood.

Variety is everything

When it comes to hygging up your home with lighting, there are definitely no hard and fast rules to follow. Using a variety of light sources at different levels – floor lamps, table lamps, wall lights, pendants, and accessories – can certainly help, but ultimately it comes down to what makes you feel comfortable.

Maxine Clarke - Buyer

    Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.