Follow these styling rules for adding atmosphere to a space effectively and with dramatic results.

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We've divulged our top tips for making occasional lighting work for any space. You're welcome.


Use nondirectional wall lights to create atmosphere and give a subtle wash of light. Try positioning a pair of lights either side of a chimney breast.


Bring in a floor lamp to change light levels. Uplightersm push light upwards for a softer effect, while arc floor lamps with wide shades direct light to a more concentrated area.

Mix & match

Vary styles to avoid an overly co-ordinated look. Link visually by colourmatching lampshades or choosing bases in similar materials and metallic fi nishes.

Move around

Portable and easy to reposition, table lamps are a must in living rooms and bedrooms, to light shadowy corners or give an extra glow in key spots.


Great mood-changers, occasional lamps and lights will boost a room’s ambience and add an extra layer of light, cosiness and warmth.


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