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We show you how to get your lighting scheme spot on and ensure you’re never left in the dark.
When creating a successful interior scheme, one of the key ingredients is getting your lighting right. Whether you have huge amounts of natural light in your home or not, creating an inviting, liveable, interesting and stylish scheme depends a lot, if not entirely, on getting your lighting right.
Here we show you how you can use different lighting sources to create perfect schemes throughout the home.
The Living Room
Your living room offers the perfect opportunity to use a multitude of light sources and, indeed, you should try to do so, as each of them can be used to create different atmospheres.
A central light is a good starting point and, if room allows, choose one that creates real impact and acts as a focal point for the room. Having this connected to a dimmer switch is ideal as it allows you to control the amount to suit your mood.
Table lamps are a must in a living room, and can instantly brighten up dimly lit corners, which is especially useful in the darker months. If you like reading in your living room, a curved floor lamp, such as this Large Chrome Arch Floor Lamp by Out There Interiors is a great option. Position it next to a comfy armchair and you have the perfect reading spot in which to relax.
The Dining Room
When it comes to lighting, having a central light carefully positioned over your dining table is a must. Choosing one that can be raised and lowered is a good option, so you can create a more intimate atmosphere when needed.
If you would prefer not to have one single light, a row of pendants such as these Beso One Light Pendant in Bronze by Fields of Blue work equally well and displaying them at varying heights will add interest and create a focal point.
As with the living room, a dimmer switch is a great idea for any dining space, allowing you to alter your lighting to suit the occasion.
Lighting in a bedroom needs to cater for many different situations from reading in bed to applying makeup.
A central light is a good call for general everyday use and allows you to create a focal point in the room. If you don’t have room for bedside tables, then wall-mounted lights such as these Leitmotiv Buck Grey Wall Lights by Viva Lagoon are a good alternative for reading in bed.
Adding a task lamp to your dressing table, much as you would in a home office, is a good idea. Choose one that allows you to direct the light to exactly where you need to for maximum effect.
Here again, a central light is a good starting place in the kitchen. If you have a dining table within your kitchen, placing a ceiling light above this is essential to ensure you have enough light for comfortable dining.
Under cupboard lights are a good idea. One a practical level, they provide pools of light while you’re preparing food but can also be used to create a more intimate atmosphere for in-kitchen dining.
Hallways can often be narrow and dark, which means having the right light sources is essential.
A combination of a central pendant together with wall lights will ensure your hallway is lit correctly and create a welcoming glow.
If you have room for a console table, make sure you add a table lamp which, when placed near a window or the door, will create a warming atmosphere.
And while not strictly speaking in the hallway, an outside light installed near the door is both inviting and safety conscious.
Lights used inside bathrooms need to follow a strict IP rating code. As a rule of thumb, the lower IP rating a light has, the nearer it can be used to a water source, e.g. lights with a IP rating of 1 can be used nearer a bath than those with an IP rating of 2.
Central lights work best when encased which prevents them being damaged by steam and condensation, while an illuminated mirror is an useful bit of kit allowing you to kill two birds with one stone.
However, it’s choosing your bulbs correctly which is really important in the bathroom - as many don’t have windows you want to replicate natural daylight as far as possible so it may be worth taking time to experiment with bulbs until you find the ones which suit you.
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Add some fun to your home with the Rodnik Shark Fin Chair, £449.
The trouble with being obsessed with interiors is sometimes you can take yourself too seriously.
You get so bogged down in the minutiae of everything from choosing the exact shade of paint to spending an age looking for the perfect light, that you forget your home is meant to be somewhere you feel comfortable spending time as well as it looking good.
Case in point is a great video recently released by a team calling themselves Barrow & Fall – a parody on the well-known paint and wallpaper experts. Viewing it reminded me that sometimes we forget that interiors can, and indeed often should, be fun.
Which brought to mind the Rodnik Shark Fin Chair by made.com, which has long been a favourite of ours here at Furnish.
Designed by Philip Colbert’s Rodnik Band label, the Shark Fin Chair is a great statement piece, and is perfect for adding some humour and irreverence to your home interior.
It offers a definite nod to mid-century modern design thanks to its gently splayed, angular legs which are crafted from solid beech finished in classic black, and the “fin” armrests which are reminiscent of a classic 1950s armchair.
However, it’s the upholstery, which makes this chair really special and gives it a pop art vibe worthy of sitting alongside any Warhol or Liechtenstein print.
Featuring a vibrant shark print, the fabric has been carefully positioned to make you feel as if you’re sitting in the mouth of Jaws, which cleverly juxtaposes with the comfortable and supportive seat and backrest.
Perfect for a teenager’s den or a little one’s playroom, this chair is also ideal for big kids and will look fantastic in a neutral room, teamed with brightly coloured accessories.
Give your home a smart look with our favourite striped buys.
Stripes are always in vogue when it comes to fashion and are a perennial favourite for interiors too.
Whether you opt for wide, dramatic monochrome or sweet candy colours, stripes work well in every room in the home from the bathroom to hallway, and suit every style from classic to contemporary.
If you have the space, this beautiful Ergo Retro Striped Button-Back Cream Chair by Alexander & Pearl is the perfect choice for a bedroom, while this Carved Wood Table Lamp with Striped Shade by Out There Interiors with its stylish woven shade will be a welcome addition to any living room.
This smart Black Stripe Chopping Board by Naken Interiors is essential kit for stylish cooks, while this Stripe Moroccan Silk Throw by Rocomara is great for keeping warm on chilly early spring evenings.
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Keep dark nights at bay with this Copper Angled Floor Lamp, £180.
We might be heading towards spring, but the days are still short, which means it’s essential you have all your lighting needs sorted.
We have a fantastic range of lights and lamps here at Furnish from classic table lamps to contemporary floor lamps, alongside funky chandeliers and pendants.
One of my favourites is this Copper Angled Floor Lamp by The French Bedroom Company. Simple, yet elegant in its design, it will bend and move to suit your needs.
Perfect for the living or bedroom, there’s also a gold version available, so all styles and colours of room are catered for.
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Refresh your walls with this stylish South Downs Wallpaper, £55.
While I rarely stray from my staple white emulsion, I’ve decided my bedroom needs a makeover and, this time, I’m turning to wallpaper.
After an age working my way through the fab wallpapers here at Furnish, I’ve chosen this South Downs Wallpaper in Heron Grey by BODIE and FOU not least because, on a clear day, I can see the South Downs from my bedroom window.
This graphic print has been created in a soft grey, which is perfect for my grey, white and yellow bedroom, and means I won’t have to faff around changing bed linen and other soft furnishings.
Perfect for living and dining rooms too, this wallpaper is a good choice for wherever you want to create a statement without being overly bold.
(Also available in a gorgeous Sea Grey shade.)
Bring some factory chic to your home with our pick of the best industrial-style products around.
When it comes to interiors, the industrial trend shows no sign of abating.
I, for one, love it! There’s something about bringing bashed-up, factory-style pieces into the home that just works. It shouldn’t but it most definitely does.
From lighting to furniture, accessories to wallpaper, it’s easy to inject this look into your home.
If you work from home, this Brooklyn Finest Industrial Desk With Drawers by Alexander and Pearl is a real statement piece perfect for a home office and, with 3 drawers, it’s practical too.
Lighting is a huge part of this trend, and whether it’s original or reproduction you’re after, there’s an amazing choice available. We like this Small Industrial Pendant in Lacquered Steel by Viva Lagoon. Taking inspiration from mid-century factory lighting, it would look fantastic in the kitchen or dining room.
Finally, what to do with your walls? The answer is splash out on Piet Boon’s Concrete Wallpaper (CON-06 shown here) by BODIE and FOU. It doesn’t come cheap but looks great and is perfect for completing the factory-cum-warehouse look.
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Add some retro charm with this G Plan Vintage The Fifty Three Large Sofa, from £1,400.
Regular readers will know that I’m utterly obsessed with vintage G Plan furniture, and that moving into a 1970s townhouse a couple of years ago was the perfect excuse to buy as much as I could.
In my opinion, G Plan somewhat lost its way in the design stakes over the past couple of decades, but the good news is archive designs are starting to make a comeback.
A replica of a 1950s sofa, this G Plan Vintage The Fifty Three Large Sofa by John Lewis is such a convincing reproduction, it wouldn’t look out of place in a vintage shop.
Available in a wide range of colours and fabrics I love this Festival Amber shade, which further enhances its retro vibe.
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Spell it out in style with these Rusted Metal Letters.
Typography has been big news in interiors for quite some time now, and we have a great range of letter-inspired homewares available from art work to wall stickers.
My current favourites are these Rusted Metal Letters by Cachette.
Available in every letter of the alphabet, they are perfect for each room in the home from the hallway to the bathroom. Freestanding or wall hung, these vintage-style letters can be used as family initials, or to spell out words, names or whatever you like.
And best of all, they’ll instantly give your scheme a bold, fresh look.
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Keep your hallway tidy with our pick of the best console tables around.
A console table is an essential piece of hallway kit. A place to stash keys, post and other hallway paraphernalia, and here at Furnish we have all shapes and sizes to suit every space and style of home.
Working just as well in the bedroom as in the hallway, this Mirrored Tray Console Table by The French Bedroom Company is both stylish and practical. While those who need to be savvy with space will love this Small Black And Silver Console Table by Out There Interiors which is just 90cm wide and 40cm deep.
Meanwhile, if you prefer an oriental style, we have this Classic Chinese Console Table in Oyster Grey by The Nine Schools or the Asian Contemporary Small Console by Shimu to choose from, both of which should fit the bill perfectly.
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Make a kiddie’s room complete with this Astronaut Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set, £49.
So much of the stuff you see for kids’ rooms is Disney focused – nothing wrong with that – it’s just that there are plenty of options if you’re looking for stylish alternatives for your little one’s sleeping den.
We have a great range of kids’ stuff here at Furnish from artwork to bed linen and furniture to wall stickers, all without a Disney prince or princess in sight.
One of my favourite finds is this Astronaut Single Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set by Snurk at John Lewis.
Perfect for future space explorers, kids will love this humorous set while stylish parents can rest assured they’re not compromising on style.
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Go romantic with your artwork with this Print Typewriter.
While Valentine’s Day is still quite a while away, it’s never too soon to start planning. I don’t like schmaltzy presents so I’m already on the look out for what to buy the other half.
Given he was a writer for a long time, I’m smitten with this Print Typewriter by Cachette.
Simple, yet ever so elegant, it features an old fashioned typewriter, with the typed message “Hello dear, just needed to tell you I love you”.
A perfect gift for someone who isn’t into all the hearts and flowers stuff, this would also be a great present for a close friend or relative.
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Add warmth and pattern to your floors with this Madaillon Rug, from £90.
Rugs are one of my favourite accessories when it comes to the home. Perfect for everything from covering up one too many red wine stains to keeping your floors warm and cosy – they’re also great for adding pattern and texture.
This Madallion Rug (in Grey Turquoise) by Naken Interiors has just made it to the top of my wish list and is absolutely perfect for my living room.
Inspired by traditional Persian designs, it has been given a contemporary twist thanks to its colour palette.
Great for the bedroom and living room, use this rug as the basis for your colour scheme and accesorise with turquoise and grey vases, cushions or throws to bring your look together.
Display early spring blooms beautifully with this Bloomingville Porcelain Copper Vase, £45.
Regular readers will know that I’m utterly obsessed with having fresh flowers in the home. It’s one of my indulgences that I treat myself to a fresh bunch every week.
To make it affordable, I always opt for flowers which are in season, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the early spring blooms.
To celebrate a new season being on the horizon, I’ve decided to treat myself to a new vase and have fallen for this Bloomingville Porcelain Copper Vase by Viva Lagoon.
Beautifully sculptural and tapping into the copper trend, this simple yet striking vase will look equally as good empty.
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Have a well-deserved rest with this Lulu Footstool, £179.
Despite not being sure about buying a footstool when I moved into my new home over two years ago, now I wouldn’t be without it.
My fears of not having enough room for it or it making the living room feel too crowded were absolutely unfounded – instead of a hindrance, it’s been a godsend whether for putting my feet up after a hard day to providing extra seating when the house is bursting with guests.
We have all types of of ottomans and footstools here at Furnish, whether you’re looking for classic or contemporary, funky or plain, but my pick is this Lulu Footstool by made.com.
Mid-century modern in style and available in a range of fabrics, this simple footstool will fit into almost any scheme.
Add some subtle bling to your bedroom with this Alameda Chest of Drawers, £845.
While I prefer my interiors plain and simple, I cannot resist the odd bit of bling and, when I’m looking for a touch of sophisticated glamour, I can always rely on The French Bedroom Company.
They certainly don’t disappoint with this stunning Alameda Chest of Drawers.
Made from beveled glass with antique gold decorative trim, this beautiful chest takes a fresh look at mirrored furniture and is just the right side of decadence without being too over the top.
Designed for the bedroom, this chest would look just as good in the living or dining room. Wherever you use it, keeping your bits and pieces neatly stored has never felt so glamorous.
Store your favourite magazines with this Side Table Magazine Rack, £175.
Because of my job, I read A LOT of interiors magazines. They are always strewn about the place and it drives my other half mad!
So, I’m always on the hunt for ways to keep them neat and tidy. Which is why I was thrilled to come across this Side Table Magazine Rack by Rose & Grey.
Not only does it tick the style box with its 1960s retro looks, but it’s practical too. The fabric sling neatly stores all my magazines while the table is perfect for resting a cuppa on while I read.
Spruce up your home with this Ombre Faux Fur Cushion, £25.
If you’re feeling the pinch after Christmas, while a full room or house redecoration might be off the cards, that doesn’t mean you can’t spruce up your home in different ways.
Accessories are an affordable and easy way to give your space a new look and we have a great range to choose from here at Furnish – from vases and candle holders to rugs and cushions.
If you’re still feeling the chill after the festive season, this Ombre Faux Fur Cushion by John Lewis is just the ticket.
This sumptuous cushion looks a lot more expensive than its £25 price tag and is perfect for adding some subtle colour and texture to your bed, sofa or armchair.
Add gorgeous colour to your dining table with these Coloured Pressed Glass Tumblers, £5 each.
As I have a habit of breaking glasses on a regular basis, I can’t really be trusted with expensive ones. So I thought I was doomed to a life of supermarket cheapies.
But not so after a recent snoop around Primrose & Plum’s gorgeous products, which led me to discover these Coloured Pressed Glass Tumblers.
Available in three colours, Green, Clear and this gorgeous Deep Blue, these decorative vessels are a bargaintastic £5 each, which means stylish glasses can be mine.
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With primary colours making a comeback this year, here’s how to inject some brights into your scheme.
Red, blue and yellow, more commonly known as the primary colours, are coming back in a big way.
While neutrals and neons are still around, we have seen a re-emergence of these colours that remind us of, well funnily enough, primary school.
Those who use these bold, beautiful and unapologetic shades fall in two camps; those who embrace them with wanton abandonment as if in homage to Mondrian and those, like me, who prefer subtle pops of colour. Both approaches can work very well.
Here at Furnish, we have a great selection of primary-coloured home interiors to choose from including furniture, accessories and even wallpaper.
The fearless will love this striking, showstopping Pop Yellow Chandelier by The French Bedroom Company which certainly creates a statement wherever it is used, as well as this great looking Bongo Bar Stool in Red by Furniturepod.
Meanwhile, design junkies will be unable to resist this classic Blue Panton Flower Pot Pendant, while those into funky, unusual artwork will love this Juju Hat in Yellow, both by Design My World.
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Revive your lighting with this Arnold Pendant Light, £49.
While I often write about things I love that we have here on Furnish, I rarely write about things I have bought. So this “Fab Find” kinda changes all that as I’ve recently purchased the rather fabulous Arnold Pendant Light by made.com.
I’d been on the hunt for a new pendant light to go above my dining room table and this striking Arnold light caught my eye. It combines simple white shades with bright red flex to create a simple yet eye-catching and very effective piece.
The perfect addition to my dining space, my Arnold is still in its box waiting for an electrician to come and fit it, but I’ll post a picture as soon as it’s up.
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