When deciding on lighting for your home you absolutely need three or more levels – ceiling lights, wall lights, and table lamps or low level lights. Transform your home into a more comfortable, welcoming and attractive space with our pick of the most beautiful light fittings.
The function of ceiling lights is for general light during the daytime. Only install as many as absolutely necessary, and only in areas that need task lighting such as kitchens and bathrooms – harsh overhead light can become uncomfortable and unflattering.
Peyton Single Light Ceiling Pendant, £153.00, Castlegate Lights – Buy it here
Renato Chandelier, £625, Soho Home – Buy it here
Fargo Flush Tiffany Ceiling Light, £152.99, Tiffany Lighting Direct – Buy it here
Hinkley Collier 4 Light Heritage Brass Semi-Flush, £188.64, Kes Lighting – Buy it here
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Wall lights are for atmospheric lighting. Together with picture lights they are very useful in an interior, especially if they are on dimmers. They give a comfortable glow and in the case of picture lights, light a subject rather than the room.
Helios Wall Light, £81, Pooky – Buy it now
Firefly Wall Light, £103, Pooky – Buy it now
Rattan Wall Sconce, £39.95, Sklum – Buy it now
Melville Wall Sconce, £95, Pooky – Buy it now
Vertical Linear Wall Mount Lighting, £112.39, Litfad – Buy it now
Table and Floor Lights
Table and floor lamps are the most essential and most flexible form of light. Make sure you include these lights on the same circuit so they all come on when you switch on the main light, otherwise, you will have to turn on each light individually. Choosing a lampshade is also important. Silk or papyrus shades give the most flattering and comfortable light and red shades tend to be beautiful in the evenings.
Wobster table lamp, £117, Pooky – Buy it here
Cranling Articulated Standing Lamp, £322, Pooky – Buy it here
Palmaria Small Table Lamp, £249, Made in Design – Buy it here
Hanover Tall Cordless Lamp, £210, Neptune – Buy it here
Sasha Industrial Floor Lamp, £199.95, Furnwise – Buy it here
Living Room Lighting
Living rooms should have as many table lamps and standard lamps as possible and perhaps some indirect lights like picture, or hidden floor lights that highlight architectural features, helping to create a relaxed mood. Soft lampshades also help to achieve this and let’s not forget the roaring glow of a fireplace!
Baxley Table Lamp Set, £166.99, Wayfair – Buy it here
Miyako Table Lamp, £51, Pooky – Buy it here
In a bedroom always have a pair of bedside table lamps. If you have a four-poster bed, put your wall lights or reading lights inside for flexibility and make sure they can be switched on and off from either side of the bed.
Shaded Bedside Wall Mounted Reading Lamp, £122.22, Litfad – Buy it here
Mason Table Lamp, £69.95, Furnwise – Buy it here
Bobble Table Lamp, £79, Made – Buy it here
Limber Wall Light, £97, Pooky – Buy it here
Dining Room Lighting
Dining room lighting should be extra flexible so it can be combined with candlelight. Antique chandeliers, with a crystal or alabaster dish, make a great focal point over the centre of the table, along with wall lights and picture lights that create a glow. Try Jamb for beautiful reproduction dish lights.
Crystal Teardrop Chandelier, £350.91, Litfad – Buy it now
Ceiling Chandelier, £315.27, Etsy – Buy it now
Bever Vintage Flaxen Hemp Rope and Metal Round Candelabra, £302.99, Homary – Buy it now
Milk Glass Vintage Chandelier, £424.30, Etsy – Buy it now
Hall and Corridor Lighting
Instead of solely using ceiling lights, instead think about using ceiling pendants like globe lanterns or lidded urn lanterns. They give the same effect without looking too modern, and they diffuse the light in a very different, more comfortable way.
Laura Ashley ODIHAM Globe Lantern, £131.25, Lighting Company UK – Buy it now
Connie Pendant Light, £137, Pooky – Buy it now
Falotta Hanging Light, £168.90, Lights.co.uk – Buy it now
Lindby Rozalie Hanging Lamp, £93.90, Lights.co.uk – Buy it now
Black Urn Shaped Chandelier Lamp £176.72, Litfad – Buy it now
Remember too that lighting is decorative! A chandelier or large pendant can look fabulous over a kitchen island or dining table, or as a statement piece over a special bath tub. Antique lights are the perfect decorative piece, providing light, while also being beautiful in their own right. Try to choose one with several bulbs and if you can see the bulbs, use gathered fabric shades or beautiful candle bulbs as modern bulbs can ruin the look.