I’m often asked how you can change up a room to give it a new twist without having to switch out fundamental elements of the space. Although lighting is a key part of a scheme it’s often easier to switch out your current lighting options for a new design than it is to bring a new piece of furniture, for example, into the room. Often it’s how a scheme has been lit that helps to create the atmosphere of the space; it tells the story of the room by giving a visual clue as to how the room should make you feel.
In our master bedroom we have quite small bedside tables so we were considering wall mounted lighting as a solution to free up some space but without loosing the practicality of having a decent lighting option bedside the bed. My favourite is this Anglepoise Type 1228 design because the blue would fit perfectly with the colour scheme. When you consider the lighting choices in a given space it’s amazing how a seemingly small element of the space plays such a strong role in defining the scheme. For example, a kitchen-diner with the blue Kartell pendant denotes a youthful, playful vibe and works well as a standalone colour pop in an otherwise all-white space. Then the Davey pendant tells an industrial story with a hint of luxe thanks to the metallic interior, while the Luminosity Aperture pendant oozes a cosy charm and warm glow. In fact, I hung this pendant in my room when I was at university because despite the damp and mice (yikes!) it made the room feel that much more homely in, well, an instant! How do you use lighting to tell stories or create an atmosphere in your home?
// Photography by John Lewis