The quickest way to create ambience in your home? Illuminate your space with mood-setting lighting. Whether it’s a talking-point pendant light hanging above a dining area or cosy lamps in a living room, there’s no denying the transformative effect good lighting can have – and we spoke to the interiors experts to find out just how to do it…
Add Warmth With Muted Metals
“All you need is a hint of vintage-inspired bronze,” interior stylist Mel Massey explains. “These muted metals will add rich colour to a space, but make sure you go for the matte versions.”
Look Luxe With Ample Lighting
The key to making your home look expensive? According to Karen Howes, luxury interior designer at Taylor Howes, adding picture lights or directional downlights to your walls will make artwork appear “extra luxe”.
Make A Statement With Supersized Designs
“Switch standard light fittings for something more elegant and statement-making,” interior designer and boutique owner Katharine Pooley suggests. Flamboyant accents of light can create the illusion of space, depth and warmth.
Keep It Flattering With Warm Bulbs
Use warm bulbs wherever possible – LEDs come in a range of colour temperatures so there’s no need to have blinding white. Also, dimmers give the flexibility to move from practical lighting to more gentle, softer tones.
Feeling inspired? Shop some of our favourite lighting styles at John Lewis below…