Lighting ideas for a well-lit home
Illuminating inspiration and bright ideas.
We’re here to shed some light on the latest lighting trends, what type works best in which room, and help you find what you’re looking for – even if you don’t know yet. You’ll know when you see it, you know?
Bohemian décor at its best, rattan and other natural materials are at the peak of popularity. Incorporate with accessories like lamp shades for an effortlessly laidback space.
Copper & rose gold lighting
Pair with a metal frame and you’ve got the industrial trend down to a T. While accompanying soft greys or glass sings of a vintage boudoir. Whatever your style preference, know you’ll nail it with these tones.
Never one to go out of fashion, black is always a reliable option. Couple it with contemporary, pair it with bohemian or match it with glamorous – it goes with everything.
A firm fave in the family home. Our pal the LED light uses less electricity, lasts longer and doesn’t take an age to get bright enough to get on with things. We can't see these going anywhere anytime soon.
Types of lighting
There are three main types of lighting - ambient, task and accent.
- Ambient lighting – Light to see where you’re going without the glare, bedtime reading, sitting on the sofa, and so on.
- Task lighting – Cooking, cleaning, reading, writing, you know the kind of things we mean.
- Accent lighting – Decorative lighting to highlight room features you want to show off. Think brick work, beams or a piece of art.
The lamp family are a varied bunch, all designed with us in mind (how thoughtful). Whatever vibe you’re going for, there’s a design to suit – as if it were meant to be!
From bedside tables for a spot of night-time reading, to shedding some light on your living room, table lamps are a sure-fire way to give extra glow when the light’s looking low.
Short on surface space or need extra light? No worries. Coming in all sorts of shapes, sizes and styles, from tripod, arched, or sporting an exposed bulb, floor lamps can fit in the most awkward corners and gaps.
C’mon over convenience. Touch lamps indulge our lazy side and we don’t feel guilty about it one bit. Tap to turn on, tap again to adjust the brightness, and when you’re done, tap again to turn off.
Other lighting types
Fixed wall lighting
When surface and floor space is in short supply and a little more light is needed. We’re talking staircases, corner shelves or reading nooks. Plus, they add a calming ambience to the room, so put your feet up and relax.
Mirror with lights
How on earth does anyone expect us to get ready without one? Precisely apply your lippy, get that closer shave or just admire your own reflection. Either way, they all need decent light.
Way more fun than a grown-up light. Whether it’s a bedroom turned palace, jungle or outer space, our bright, textured and themed lights will add the finishing touch.
String & novelty lights
Lighting does more than just brighten the place, it can be decorative and feel nice too. Like neon lights. They add a fun punch of personality to any room. See what we mean?
Lighting by room
You do different things in different rooms which require a couple of different types of lighting. Don’t worry, we’ve broken it down for you, so you know what’s watt.
Living room lighting ideas
It’s the heart of your home, a space to stretch out on the sofa and socialise. Ambient lighting is the best match. Think diffused light from a floor lamp or a shining chandelier. If you’ve got a neat feature to highlight or you’re feeling lavish, accent lights take your glow up a gear – nice touch!
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Kitchen lighting ideas
You’ll need to see what you’re chopping, so task lighting in the form of spotlights is on the menu here. If you’re a lucky so-and-so and have an island, then opt for kitchen island pendants to create a tranquil setting with a fancy feel.
Bedroom lighting ideas
Unless your bedroom is a sleep station by night and office by day, there’s really only a need for ambient lighting. This can be in the form of a bedside lamp or ceiling light. If you do need it brighter, then a desk lamp should do the trick.
Dining room lighting ideas
The dining table is where you put the world to rights and catch up on each other’s day, so you need soft lighting, to nibble and natter comfortably. Pendants and chandeliers disperse light while flush lights with a shade shine softly.
Bathroom lighting ideas
You need task lighting, and there's two main options...
- Spotlights - Single ones to put wherever you want, or rails which have several lights fixed to the same spot that you point where you need them.
- Mirror with lights – Providing direct light to shave, tweeze, brush or squeeze.
Make sure they have a suitable IP rating - our ceiling light guide delves deeper into this.
Office lighting ideas
Task, task, task. You’re a busy bee, and you need light that lets you focus and reduces screen glare. In this instance, correct lighting is important to help reduce eye strain and headaches. Whether it’s a desk lamp or one that’s fixed to the wall – you can’t concentrate if you’re Googling in the dark.
Hallway lighting ideas
These can be a tall order, but really, as long as it’s a warm glow welcoming you through the door and you’re not bumping your head on it, it doesn’t matter what you choose. Pendant? Perfect. Flush? Fab. Wall light? Why not.
Don't forget outside!
All our outdoor lighting is solar powered, to transform your back yard into a relaxing retreat without plugging in. Whether you’re enjoying al fresco dining or wrapped up toasting marshmallows by the patio heater, these lights are for all year, not just for Christmas.