Lighten Up!

Yes the dark evenings are with us for a while yet, but they can create oodles of shimmery, simmering cosy nights. Your lighting can be seductive, stunning, atmospheric – and be part of your own personal look, oozing with personality, so don’t think about it as just practical.

Go on a fact finding mission online and in mags; discover you options and add some unexpected style change to your home. You can look for new places to lighten up – imagine a chandelier over a kitchen island for the wow factor!

Take a look at Pinterest to see some exciting up-cycling ideas, plus some wacky ideas such as watering cans transformed into ceiling lamps, or birdcage table lamps. But seriously, there are some ingenious ideas out there, so take time to scroll through and have a look.

More simple, however, but still transformational is to change the shade of a drum style lamp – you can give an old item a really modern twist. Drum shade kits are easy to buy online or in craft stores and with a fabric offcut you can introduce a new colour, a pattern or a gorgeous rich texture – and you can say you made it yourself!

Once you’ve decided on your room style – antique, modern, industrial,… take time out to plan your perfect mix of lighting. Top tips to consider:

* • Layer your lighting – high, mid, low

* • Consider subtle, ambient lighting

* • Mood lighting schemes

* • Lighting for regular tasks

* • Don’t miss out the dimmer switch, and something I’ve just read in another smart Glossy…

* • Go candle crazy!

So brighten up your interior – there is something for everyone.

Kairen x

Andrew Bradley