Six light ideas

I’ve always been a fan of statement lighting and for me, the bolder the better. It’s a no brainer that the right lampshade or pendant can help to tie a room scheme together and this season we're spoilt for choice with some stunning designs.

Sally Storey, design director at John Cullen Lighting, has great insight: 'The latest energy efficient LED fittings are ideal for using in conjunction with table lamps and wall lights to build up different ‘layers’ of lighting effects,' she says. 'New 1w LED lights, such as Oslo or Lucca, can be recessed in skirting boards to wash over a floor or a staircase. They can also be used to uplight an archway, a fireplace or a dark corner of a room. Create a feature by lighting shelves individually with LED Contour strips or create a central focus on a coffee table with an LED Polestar. Above all, be imaginative and remember that the more circuits and dimmers you have, the more flexible your lighting will be and the easier it will be to achieve exactly the mood and feel you want.'

This season, there's bold and dazzling designs, simple Scandinavian style and quirky, cool new looks to choose from. Here’s a pick of some of my firm favourites...

Scandi style (above): Marks and Spencer's Nest Shade in large and extra large suits the pared down feel of the room with its Morrissey dining range in chic blonde wood.

Mix and match (below): Not sure which colour or style to choose? The All Sorts Multi Pendant Dining Chandelier from Alexander & Pearl will light the way...

Prepare to be dazzled (below): The Aimbry Metal cut out pendant is created using traditional Arabic designs on a hand cut metal frame, finished with stunning multicoloured droplets. It would suit being paired up with a lampshade of a similar style, such as the Aimbry Hales table lamp, which has won many industry Design Awards.

Feathered friend (below): The Young & Battaglia Bird Cage pendant from Rockett St George is a quirky, humorous and very stylish pendant du jour...

It's always a good time for tea (below): Next's Teacups table lamp will add classic charm to your living room and liven up the space...

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Emily Peck, Editor

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