As the dark nights draw in, and the light mornings draw out and the clocks go back granting us an extra hour in bed but 60 minutes more of twilight, the temptation can be to draw the curtains and sulk into hibernation until March (only popping your head out for Christmas). So if you’re going to stay in the house for the next few months, you might as well light it properly.
Lighting the home in the right way can transform your house into a haven. A subtle change in the ambience can change the mood or shift the theme from hibernation hideaway to winter party central. Ceiling lighting, wall lights, floor lamps and table lamps in different colours, different shades and different pitches of brightness can add as much artistic flair to a room as any great painting.
Debenham’s have launched their autumn / winter lighting collection with a stunning array of lights. There are table lights in the shape of the Eiffel Tower (if the Eiffel Tower had a lampshade at its head), art deco floor lights and spot lights and floor lights that combine to create beautiful effect.
Designer lighting has always been popular and John Lewis have picked the best from Flos, Artemide and Kartell to add to their collection. The pick of the bunch has to be the selection of Libra floor lamps that instantly transport you to photo shoots or Hollywood – as far as your imagination can go.
Brilliant but very different lighting solutions are offered by Ciara O’Neill, whose spine drop shades will wow your friends, and from Flos who add an iPhone dock to their table lamp.
Though wonderful and oh-so-desirable, the options from Debenham’s and John Lewis have the tendency not to be very budget friendly but for those of you looking for a more affordable option, Homebase look to have it covered.
Style on a Budget
Rather than investing in new lighting, simply change the shades. Whatever your flavour; purple pineapple, blue ribbon, Holey Moley or understated elegance, Homebase have it all. If you are looking for new lighting, the home giants have a range of low hanging shades and astonishing table lamps to suit every taste.
With every corner lit to perfection and every room designed to enhance your mood, you’ll be praying that those dark nights just hurry up and draw in.