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Lighting ideas for home

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Lighting is one of the most important, yet often forgotten, elements in the home. We take the time to pick furniture and colour schemes, but what about the ambience and aura? The type of lights we choose, inclusive of the colour of the light bulb, are such an important element to complete a space. If you think about it, commercial spaces have been following, and perfecting the art of suitable lighting for years, so why is it an after thought in our own homes?

Restaurants and bars pride themselves on providing an aura of mystery, sultriness and warmth; all of which are very important factors and emotions to make us feel like eating and drinking. The lights we choose are definitely specific to each room. The light we need for applying makeup, getting dressed and even sauteeing onions, have different requirements. A bright spotlight, which may be the perfect option for visibility in your kitchen, is not the right selection for creating calm and respite in your bedroom. So, let's take a look at some different examples of stunning lights and lamps from our homify UK experts, which are the perfect addition to your living room or bedroom. The items you will see in this ideabook, are more than just stunning pieces of art, but functional, ambience-oozing examples of illumination.

Nature inspired

Lotus Pendant Light:  Living room by MacMaster Design
MacMaster Design

Lotus Pendant Light

MacMaster Design

Just because our lives revolve around the built form, doesn't mean we cannot bring little details or touches of nature indoors. As if they were floating on the surface of a pond, these stunning lamps have been masterfully crafted from birch ply, appearing weightless and elegant as they hang from the ceiling of this home. Inspired by the petals of a Lotus flower, MacMaster Design have created a light which you can easily imagine hanging in any living or dining room. The light bulbs, which are cupped by the design, focus the light downwards creating an aura of warmth and cosiness.

Bubbles of fun

Cluster pendant light by House Doctor:  Household by An Artful Life
An Artful Life

Cluster pendant light by House Doctor

An Artful Life

For those who love quirky modern design, these ethereal bubbles are both playful and graceful at the same time. If you are wanting to steer in a different direction to the traditional concept of a chandelier, the Cluster Pendant Light by House Doctor, will allow you to achieve just this. Whether or not you choose to place this in a stairwell, living space or bedroom, you can be sure that the light, in conjunction with the glass, will create a stunning refraction of light at various points of the day. Despite their translucency, these stunning glass globes will definitely become a feature element of your home. Click here for the full range of innovative and exciting products available from An Artful Life


As evidenced by the picture, this wonderful light and lampshade combination creates a spellbinding diffusion of light and shadows in a room. Jay Watson Design have ingeniously used anodised aluminium, to create this exceptional swirl of detail and mystery. This light has definitely cast a spell on us! Available in five different translucent colours, or in a clustered effect, the designers on request can configure to your needs. And, just to make sure they have both aesthetics and function covered, the Anemoi lights in the 'Corian shade' have the ability to be dimmed and fitted with energy saving LEDs. 

Artistic details

Stepping away from hanging lights is this curvaceous and artistic example of a freestanding floor lamp. Created by product and furniture designer Gary Morga from Ventri Limited, you could only expect to see a fusion of art and functionality. At 196cm tall, this lamp is not designed to mold into its surroundings, rather, it is a towering and ever-present piece of furniture. Reminiscent of the Art Deco era with its ornate form and mixed geometry, you not only possess a beautiful light, but a work of art too.

Set ablaze

Whether the 'Blaze light' is placed on the floor, or on a table in the living room or bedroom, you can rest assure that its interesting form and yellow light will cast a pleasuring shadow into any space. Delicate and soothing, this cone shaped lamp is modern, yet a little mysterious. The shape, which resembles a wrapped piece of paper, radiates and glows in the darkness. Like a beacon in the night, this lamp from Andre Ventura Designer, is sure to create a wonderful mood to a space that you wish to feel cosy and intimate. 

Environmentally aware

Have you ever asked what happens to all those wine corks once the bottle has been either drunk or recycled? Generally speaking, they are usually discarded as waste, but little did we know, they serve a greater purpose than just to act as a bottle stopper. Mimicking the shape, these environmentally friendly lamp holders are made from recycled material, in particular, wine corks! As you can see, the dimension of the cork has changed slightly, this is to ensure a light bulb can snugly fit. Staffan Svensson, the creator behind this fantastic NUD Collection, dresses up seemingly everyday objects and turns them into a work of functional art. This does not only include the light holder, but also includes the electric cords. No longer do we need to hide these features as we did once upon a time. By paying attention to the finer details, cords and holders can be on show like every other element in the room!

How do you light different rooms in your home? We are curious - let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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