The clocks have gone back, bringing shorter days framed by dark mornings and evenings.

Good lighting will brighten both your home and your mood, so here are some illuminating ideas to set your world alight this winter.


1 Statement lighting

More than merely functional, the right ceiling light can become the focal point of a room. Larger spaces can take more daring, eye-catching pieces from ornate chandeliers to industrial pendants.

2 Table and floor lamps

Perfect for creating flattering mood lighting, a single lamp in a dark corner or a pair of lamps to frame a sofa or bed can breathe new life into your home in winter. To create interest even when the lamp is switched off, choose an ornate shade or sculptural base.


3 Targeted lighting

Wall sconces, reading lamps, under-shelf and picture lighting are all creative targeted lighting solutions. A statement wall sconce creates a stylish focal point and doesn’t take up precious floor space, while hidden LED shelf or cabinet lighting in a kitchen can highlight a beautiful china collection or provide additional light for reading recipe books.

4 Keeping it natural

The trend for natural materials in the home extends to lighting, with stylish shades in cork, bamboo, paper, raffia and leather.

5 Movable light

Sometimes, there will be a corner of your living room or kitchen that really needs a targeted light, but there’s no handy socket. Many manufacturers are now producing beautifully designed rechargeable lamps that can be moved around the house with you, giving you light wherever you go.