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Lighting ideas

Think of lighting as the ‘statement jewellery’ to a house. If you wear high street and set it off with amazing earrings, the whole outfit will look fantastic. Spend money on lights and be bold.

Below, we featured our favourite lighting design ideas, from dramatic chandeliers and vintage lampshades to well-matched pendant lights and stylish table lamps. These illuminating schemes come from expertly designed and more. Perfect lighting can transform your home. After all, as Dumbledore once said, Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. The same goes for amazing interior design…

Bubble Lamp

Lighting ideas

By combining a considered approach with individual touches, interior designer Sophie Ashby has ensured this Chelsea flat has the key elements of a glamorous yet relaxed family home. Contemporary and traditional furniture meet in the entrance hall, where a Bolle pendant light from Gallotti & Radice, a bespoke rug by Christopher Farr and a Reinhard Görner photograph combine harmoniously.

Star Lantern in Country Bathroom

Lighting ideas

The star-shaped lighting adds an unusual touch in this country bathroom. See Vaughan’s ’Star Lantern’ lights for similar.

The free standing cream clawfoot bathtub, white walls and natural wooden floorboards ensure that this space is simple and unfussy in its design. Curtains in Robert Kime ’Wild Iris’ linen hang in the traditional space, which has been decorated with a pale palette.

This restored Georgian house in Somerset was an irresistible challenge for its owners, who put together a team including architect Ptolemy Dean for the painstaking restoration, which won a Georgian Group award in 2015.

Zig Zag Light Strip

Lighting ideas
The roof design in this kitchen by Bureau de Change dramatically zigs and zags away from the house; the planes that were created were set with five wide skylights. It allows light into the space and permits the desired view. An inset strip of light follows the shape of the zigzag roof.

Chandelier at a Beach House

Lighting ideas

For this Bahamas beach house, the owners turned to trusted interior designer John McCall to provide their house with a British sensibility, practical furnishings and interiors that are not ’too beachy’. 

At the centre of this room, books and objets are displayed on a table from William Yeoward, sitting on a dhurrie from Guinevere. The chandelier above the table establishes a definite centre to the room.

Abstract Retro Chandelier

Lighting ideas

The owners of this Somerset country house had not anticipated taking on such a large project, but their careful renovation enhanced by modern decorative touches has resulted in a smart, yet comfortable, forever home.  Hanging at the top of the staircase, Marset’s ’Discoco 53’ chandelier adds a retro touch to the surroundings. Striking in design but neutral in colour, the chandelier becomes an interesting feature without dominating the space.

Hanging loose

Lighting ideas

These stand-out lights from Secto Design hang above a sofa dramatically suspended from the ceiling on thick chandler’s rope ’to make it seem like a daybed that rocks in the breeze. I wanted the room to have a feeling of generous nothingness; exactly what holidays are about.’

Colour Pendants

Lighting ideas

This cluster of colourful glass pendant lights by Curiousa & Curiousa provide a dash of colour to this bright and airy London flat designed by Harriet Anstruther. These are made to order and are available in custom colours.  The kitchen itself is entirely bespoke, and much is concealed behind a wall of built-in storage. ’Storage was the biggest challenge in this flat. Now every little void has built-in cupboards,’ explains Harriet. The  kitchen table is surrounded by vintage Tolix chairs by Xavier Pauchard in their original paint.

Bold and Brassy

Lighting ideas

Interior designer Suzy Hoodless uses dramatic geometric pattern teamed with modern furniture to create a playful yet sophisticated effect in this Notting Hill town house kitchen. The lower-ground-floor kitchen and dining area opens out onto a garden terrace.

The dominating brass pendant lights hanging above an oak dining table are custom-made, though similar can be found by Workstead. These are paired with a set of ’Wishbone’ chairs by Hans J Wegner.

Colour pop

Lighting ideas

This antique drop-leaf dining table is home to a display of antique scientific lenses. The red glass chandelier was sourced at Alfie’s Antique Market.

Taken from the February 2011 issue of House & Garden. Photograph by Alexander James.

Black Light

Lighting ideas

Designer Virginia White worked on this Georgian house in West Sussex for a family which wanted to mix clean lines with the classical architecture. ’I’ve gone for a relaxed country-house feel mixed with chic modernity,’ she explains. A perfect example? The lights from Original BTC add a modern note to the kitchen.

Octo from Secto

Lighting ideas

Soft lines and practical materials characterise this family kitchen by Martin Postle of Oxford kitchen design company Teddy Edwards. The T-shaped breakfast bar is a clever device which allows four to sit facing one another, rather than side by side; while the perpendicular angle allows sitters to talk to either the cook in one direction, or the guests in the dining room beyond in the other.

Working with the room’s Arts and Crafts bone structure, the high gabled ceilings have been enhanced using ’Octo’ downlights from Secto – dramatic without overpowering the space. The compressed quartz worktop from Compac is virtually indistinguishable from Carrara marble, but far more hardwearing.

Copper Tones

Lighting ideas

Matt black walls provide a smart foil for pale wood and the warm tones offered by copper factory lights, £349 each at Davey Lighting.



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