Lighting Buying Guide

The lighting that you choose for any room in your home is as much about setting the mood as it is about the pure functionality. A strategically placed lamp can brighten up a dark corner, highlight a feature, or completely transform a room, so you need to put as much thought into choosing your home lighting as you would into buying your furniture. High quality, well designed, lighting can also be a feature in its own right and it can do a lot more than simply light up a room. To help you integrate lighting into your room design, here is a brief buying guide that explains some of the main points to take into account when buying home lighting.

The practicalities
There are many wonderful styles of wall lamps, table lamps, ceiling lights, and floor lamps available, but you will need to consider that practical purpose of lighting as well as the aesthetic. Most rooms in the home are multipurpose, so you may need to consider a combination of different types of lighting in the same room. In a living room, for example, you may need subdued lighting for an evening in front of the television, brighter lighting for entertaining guests, and directional lighting for reading a book.

As well as the function of the lighting, you will need to consider the layout of the room and the best place to situate each light. This will be influenced by the availability of natural light in the room, the dimensions of the room, dark corners that may need illuminating, and the location of plug sockets.

The styleGuilia 2 Wall Lamp
The lighting fixtures that you choose will reinforce the style or theme that you have chosen for your room. Think about how the materials used in the design of lighting fixtures will complement your choice of furniture and how the style of lights will match the style of the room as a whole. Lighting varies considerably in design, from elegant chandeliers, like the Villa Lumi Lisbon To Viena Chandelier, to more contemporary designs like the Catellani & Smith PostKrisi Chandelier, so you have plenty of options when it comes to enhancing your room design with lighting.

The options
To make the most of decorative lighting, you will need to balance the practical purpose of the fixture, with the mood, theme, and style of your room. Here is a brief overview of the main types of lighting fixtures that are available.

Wall lights
Wall mounted lights can be very useful in rooms with low ceilings, or in smaller rooms, because they take up so little space. The positioning of wall lights is important, though, so be sure not to place them too low down on the wall so that they don’t glare in peoples eyes. Wall lights can be used very effectively to create subtle lighting effects, as is the case with this brilliantly designed geometric Arketipo Iride Wall Lamp, or you can use them to create more dramatic lighting effects, like the Catellani & Smith Giulia 2 Wall Lamp. You also have the directional styles of wall lamps that can be used for reading, or to illuminate a work space such this Flexiled Wall Lamp from Contardi.

Ceiling lights
The style of ceiling lights that you choose will be influenced by the theme of the room and by the height of your ceilings. If you have ceilings that are eight feet high, or less, then flush fitting or low hanging light fittings, like this Catellani & Smith Luna Piena Ceiling Lamp might be appropriate for the room. If your ceilings are ten feet high or more, then you could opt for lighting on a grander scale, such as statement chandeliers, or multiple hanging pendants.

As a general guide, the larger the room is, the larger the ceiling light fittings should be. That will ensure that the fixture provides enough light and that the light is spread more evenly throughout the room.

Calligaris Evo LampTable lamps
Table lamps and floor lamps are very versatile because they can easily be moved to different positions within a room. When selecting a table lamp, consider the size of the lamp in relation to the table that you want to place it on. A lamp with a large base will create an impact in a large room, whereas a smaller, more delicate base might be better suited to a small room with limited space.

When deciding on the style of lamp, think about the materials used in the lamp and how the lamp will fit in with the overall theme of the room. Remember that there are many different styles of lamps and you don’t have to conform to the conventional style of base and lampshade. Take a look at some of the more striking table lamp designs, like the Calligaris Evo Lamp or the Catellani & Smith PostKrisi 001 Table Lamp, as well as the traditional designs.

Floor lamps
Floor lamps can be very practical, for providing a reading light, for example, and they can also be used to brighten up a dark corner and to add some height and drama to a space in a room. When selecting a floor lamp, keep in mind how well it will fit in with your other furniture and the décor of the room and, on a more practical note, make sure that it is not positioned in such a way that it can be easily knocked over.

We hope that you have found this lighting buying guide useful. For more ideas for home lighting solutions, you will find an extensive catalogue of the highest quality, designer lighting fixtures here or, if you would like us to advise you on the best lighting solutions for your home, please feel free to contact us by telephone or to visit our showrooms in Harrogate.