Switch on to the latest lighting trends
Here’s what the latest lighting trends hold in store this autumn – don’t get left in the dark
The right lighting can really make a room – be it ambient lighting, which adds atmosphere, task lighting where you need it most, or accent lighting which highlights features, furniture or artwork. ‘A great lighting scheme doesn’t rely on just one source,’ says interior designer Amy Jones of Greta-Mae. ‘Rather it will cleverly combine ambient, task and accent lighting to create a layered effect.’
So what’s exciting when it comes to lighting? Here are a few of our favourite trends, and, for more hints and tips, read our buyer’s guide.
Task lights that score in the style stakes
Look out for statement desk lights that are certainly not shy or inconspicuous. With more and more of us fitting desks or home-working spaces into our living areas, task lighting that not only works hard but looks stylish is a growing trend.
‘Our Tony task lamps are so versatile,’ says Ellie Fennell, Partner & Assistant Buyer, Lighting. ‘They are a great price, meaning you can add one wherever you’ve set up a work area.’ For a more design-led buy, then Ellie loves the iconic Anglepoise. ‘Characterised by a pioneering perfect balance mechanism that was invented in the 1930s, Anglepoise produces the ultimate in flexible and functional lighting that looks super-stylish,’ Ellie adds. The new Type 75 Mini is currently exclusive to John Lewis & Partners.
Once you’ve logged off that laptop, ‘Try changing your task lighting into mood lighting by adjusting the head source to direct towards a wall,’ suggests Ellie.
Two-in-one designs for ambience
A task table lamp is not the only option for illuminating your work area. A mother-and-child design is a great solution, especially for open-plan spaces, where lighting is so important to get right and can have a crucial effect on the the mood and flexibility of a big space. The uplighter part of a mother-and-child gives indirect general lighting to the room, while the downlighter part is more functional, giving light where needed – for example, at your desk. ‘Our new Swivel LED uplighter floor lamp is made for such work/study/live spaces,’ says Ellie.
‘When planning a room’s lighting scheme, you need a combination of task, accent and ambient lighting. A successful room has a mix of these, allowing you to build layers of light, which adds to the warmth,’ says Amy. ‘Lamps that can be directed to where the light is needed most are your best bet for task lighting.’
Work-anywhere metallic lamps
Antique brass and nickel are key metallics to look for this autumn, with lovely brushed heads lending a traditional feel. ‘I'm really excited about our Hector range,’ says Ellie. ‘It’s a striking choice for overhead lighting and looks great in the bedroom, living room or home office. Look out for the marble base on the new table lamp – it’s a key style element to watch, contrasting with the brass or chrome finish of the lampshade.’
‘Table and floor lamps are great for providing lighting in areas that need a boost, while adding to an intimate and relaxed atmosphere,’ says Amy. ‘Metallic finishes are a timeless choice that you’ll love for years to come.’
Pendants and chandeliers to turn heads
A central pendant or chandelier can provide great style and ambience to a room, but it shouldn’t be the only light source. Mix with table or floor lamps and task lighting where needed. That hero light can make a strong style statement though, as Ellie explains: ‘We are seeing lots of showpiece pendants and chandeliers, which create stunning light effects across the ceiling. For a more modern look, our best-selling Huxley light is now available in a fabulous 15-light pendant – it’s a true showstopper.’
If you’re worried that something that large might not work, then look at semi-flush designs. ‘We’ve optimised the drop on semi-flush lights to create the right balance for the average height of a ceiling in UK homes,’ says Ellie. ‘We have some beautiful new styles designed in-house, including our Balance light, which is perfect for long hallways or over a dining table, while our Orbit Semi Flush makes the perfect living room light.’ Designers have been getting in on the semi-flush act too, with the best-selling Tom Raffield Skipper light now exclusively available as a semi-flush fit. ‘The folds in the wood create truly stunning light reflections on the ceiling,’ adds Ellie.
Boost your bathroom style with lighting
Bathroom lighting, with its IP ratings has always been well… functional. For autumn/winter, there are many more style-led designs coming through, making it easy to give your bathroom a touch of industrial or contemporary chic. ‘Look for ceiling pendants and wall lights to match, with some great ribbed glass shades,’ says Ellie.
Not-to-be-missed table lamps
Is it an object, a piece of art or a light? The latest designs will certainly keep guests guessing with unusual shapes, exposed bulbs and some great material finishes. ‘Our Egg Table Lamp is more of a sculptural piece with a lighting function,’ says July Lin, Partner & Designer, Home Design Studio. ’It was inspired by 1960s Bauhaus minimalist sculpture and comes in a polished black chrome finish. It has a magical, but ambient lighting effect created by the multi surfaces surrounding the soft-glow light source.’
Other favourites from the Home Design Studio include the new Harmony Ribbon table lamp and the Leaf table lamp.