All Lit Up with Light Fittings!
30 Jan 2019
Light fittings are more than jewellery for a room. They can change the mood of a space with a flick of a switch or the turn of a dimmer dial. And the choices are incredible. Let’s get you enlightened.
Layer Upon Layer
The ongoing trend in interior design is layered lighting, a combination of two or more methods of lighting that can be switched on and off as lighting requirements vary throughout the day and night.
This luminous interior is flooded with natural sunlight, augmented by cove lighting and downlights.
Pendant lamp shades and hanging light fittings are often used to define a dining area in an open concept interior. Asymmetrical, industrial, clusters of subtly mismatched shades strung at staggered heights – you name it, you’ll find it.
A pair of luminous glass shades suspended over the dining area of this Scandi-inspired flat draws the eye upwards while bathing the dinner guests in a pool of light. With one resembling an upturned flagon and the other a slightly flattened sphere, they embody the trend of ‘same same but different’ that shows no signs of abating.
This industrial chic light fitting consists of little more than a row of naked bulbs enclosed in a metal and glass cage, suspended by chains. Essentially simple, deliberately hard-edged and visually intriguing, it creates a strong focal point and counterpoint to the warmth of the wooden dining table.
Sconce Upon a Time…
Seldom-seen sconces are lighting fixtures attached to walls or vertical surfaces. Ideal for casting light on paintings and bookshelves, they can be purely functional or highly decorative.
In this modern Victorian interior, they are both functional and decorative. While one might think the modern pendant lamp in the foreground is a mismatch, on the contrary – the pleats of the sconces foreshadow the radial lines of the larger light fitting. Slavishly sticking to one period is so last century, after all.
On Track for Style
Ever-popular and highly functional track lighting makes no attempt to disguise itself. It’s great for casting a light on selected features, and flooding areas that require optimum illumination. Though it’s often used in industrial chic interiors, it can work equally well with other themes.
Case in point is this prettily muted Scandi-inspired living area in dove grey and robin egg blue. Two parallel rows of black track lighting toughen up the space and pick up the straight black lines of the window frame adjoining the study area.
Strip, Strip, Hooray!
The advent of LED strip lighting opened up infinite possibilities in lighting effects. It can basically be used to outline and illuminate any shape at any level.
This LED strip lighting creates a futuristic effect in this high-storey flat, drawing the eye upwards and outwards onto the stunning city skyline.
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