With autumn comes shorter, not to mention, darker days, which is great news for those of us who like nothing better than getting cosy at home. The right lighting is crucial to creating a welcoming environment, and key to the overall aesthetic of a room.
A functional design element first and foremost, good lighting will provide a feeling of warmth to our interior, as well as create a sense of ambience. Both are instrumental in creating a cosy haven on dark evenings, transforming the look of your interior with minimal fuss.
There isn’t a room in the house that can’t be improved with the right lights, so keep reading to discover the top lighting trends for autumn/winter 2022.
Table lamps with statement shades and stands
This year, expect table lamps to maximise their decorative value as well as their functional use. Most popular will be lamps that feature either sculptural or highly textured bases (rattan features particularly heavily), with carved designs and ridged finishes becoming increasingly popular.
Table lamps will also feature textured lampshades in a variety of finishes and materials, from glass to linen to seagrass. For a maximalist look, opt for those with a statement design or interesting shapes, such as a scalloped edge or fringing, and play with bright colours for a playful update.
A decorative lamp not only serves as a visual focal point but as a functional household accessory – win, win. Martin Waller, founder of Andrew Martin, says: ‘Choose bold pieces featuring structural shapes, interesting texture or coloured glass to make a style statement, even if the lighting is switched off.
‘Create a conversation with your lighting using different heights with side lamps as well as floor standing and ceiling lights too. Why limit yourself to a single dimmer switch when you can be surrounded by warmth? Good lighting is imperative to creating an ambience, a cove of cosiness and intimacy.’
Dramatic pendant lights designed to catch the eye
When it comes to pendant lights (and any ceiling lights, really), go as bold as possible. A statement pendant light is a brilliant way to create a visual focal point as it will naturally draw the eye. This year, expect to see two distinct styles. Firstly, luxe modern designs inspired by classic Art Deco glamour. Secondly, rustic pendant lights with natural textures and neutral tones.
Owen Pacey, founder of Renaissance London, says statement lights are a worthwhile investment for your home: ‘If you think about how much you spend on a sofa or carpet, it’s usually the chandelier that will get compliments. Perfect for entrance halls, living or dining rooms and bedrooms, chandeliers are surprisingly versatile, and you can take them with you when you move house.’
Pendant and ceiling lights are usually the main way your home is lit, so it’s important to get it right if you want to make the most impact visually.
Scarlett Hampton, co-founder of lights&lamps, suggests mimicking the movement of the sun when it comes to lighting your home: ‘Ceiling lights are perfect for darker days but may need dimming or even switching off when relaxing by the fire or TV. Think of lighting like the sun – big and bright in the day, becoming lower and softer by night.
‘When ceiling lights are no longer needed to see by, switch on a larger floor lamp. When the evening progresses, they can then be complemented or replaced by a more subtle table or bedside lamp. Imitating the setting sun is a great way to transition your living space throughout the day and bring peace and calm before bed.’
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