Written by Jenny McFarlane

Occasional lighting ideas for every room

Light up your home with these clever ideas for occasional lighting

Add another layer and bring flexibility and atmosphere to a space with stylish table lamps, floorstanding lights and wall fittings.

Spotlight on art 

west elm sideboard and sconce lights in a dining room

Image: For similar wall lights, try the Otto one light wall light in brushed brass, £40 each, Ocean Lighting. Delphine Buffet sideboard, £1,299, West Elm

Position a pair of wall lights to flank a piece of artwork or a mirror. Place just above or below eye level to avoid glare with bare-bulb designs.

Opt for slimline

swoon floor lamp for occasional lighting in a living room

Image: Aphrodite floor lamp in concrete and brass, £129, Swoon

Get the proportions right. If space is limited, choose a neat, slimline style of floor lamp; if you have a large open-plan space, indulge with an arc arm design to add impact.

Go retro

habitat nyx red floor lamp with black by a desk in a study/office

Image: NYX Black and red 3 head metal floor lamp, £190, Habitat

Make a statement with a retro-style floor lamp in a bold colour combo. Plus, multiheaded designs let you angle light in multiple directions.

Go opaque 

furniture village lamp and bed in a blue bedroom

Image: Phobos table lamp, £149, Furniture Village

Go for an opaque shade in a bedroom to give a soft, diffused light. If you want a lamp to read by, choose one with a translucent shade.

Matchy matchy lampshade

next home beige and white living room with lamps, pendant light and cream sofa 

Image: Priscilla table lamp, £55, Next Home 

Pair a lampshade and base to complement other accessories.

 

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