How lighting can make or break an interior design scheme

November 16, 2021

Whether you’re working from a home office and need to light a desk, want to highlight a special piece of artwork or vase or simply make your living room a cosy place to relax; using the right lighting can make or break an interior design scheme.

Ceiling lights are an important part of lighting a room; but function doesn’t need to rule the design. Depending on your style, there are plenty of lighting ideas to try out. You can opt for anything from crystal glass chandeliers to minimal brass and opal pendants.


white scalloped chandelier with beads in living room with dark grey walls

Pello white scalloped chandelier, £239 from

Soft lighting

Bear in mind that, when you want to zone a space or hunker down for the evening, ceiling lights can be a little stark. Explore different types and uses of lighting, from a floor lamp in the corner of a living area to a table lamp for a cosy glow on a nook or a shelf. Both will create a more relaxed ambiance. For book worms, try a wall light in a reading corner.

art deco lighting ideas: brass table lamp and brass wall lamp from

Chubes lights from (table lamp, £69; wall light £69)

Bed, bath and beyond

Bedroom light should, of course, be soft and, ideally, dimmable to help create a relaxed sanctuary that promotes sleep. For dressing room corners, Hollywood lights around the mirror will afford that extra brightness for makeup application.

When it comes to the bathroom, function doesn’t necessarily overtake form. Lighting design experts Niki Wright and Scarlett Hampton, founders of, recently extended their range into the bathroom. Both the Silio and Coro fittings showcase the brand’s considered design and signature finishes, while adding a point of difference and interest to a functional room.

bathroom lighting ideas: art deco-style brass bathroom wall light in neutral tiled bathroom

The Coro brass wall light for bathrooms, £99 from

Lagom lighting ideas embraces the Swedish theory of Lagom – ‘just enough’. As designers of best-selling high street lighting, Wright and Hampton know better than anyone how to take a trend and elevate it to create timeless lighting solutions.

This approach is clearly visible in the awarding-winning Ridotti collection. Showcasing a natural material with an oversized tapered disk and adding sophisticated yet playful elements of form, function and finish.

Orta warm white cone table lamp and Ridotti black raffia floor lamp

Left: Orta warm white cone table lamp, £99. Right: Ridotti black raffia floor lamp, £129. Both from

Carefully curated‘s carefully curated range explores natural materials from rattan, wood and raffia to the smooth touch of polished marble, plated brass and delicate porcelain.

Each piece is designed in house, produced to exacting standards in their own factory and delivered direct from a UK warehouse. Plus, it’s affordable.

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