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The Ultimate Guide to Lighting Your Home

9th September 2019

Choosing and placing the right lighting in your home can work wonders, helping to enhance your scheme, illuminate your furnishings and create a warm and inviting atmosphere for you and your guests.

Wondering where to start? We’ve put together the ultimate guide to letting adding light to your home…

What Are the Different Types of Home Lighting?

Table Lamps

Table lamps sit beautifully on side tables or hallway dressers and are perfect for focusing light in a particular area. If you have a reading nook, a work space or simply a corner of your room that needs a little brightening up, we would recommend opting for a table lamp.

Top tip: When positioning a table lamp, the bottom of the shade should be slightly below your line of sight. Shorter, squatter designs pull a scheme in, making a space feel cosier; taller designs add height and elegance.

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are ideal if you’re lacking table-top space. They typically provide more light than a table lamp, but can be a lot bulkier, so choose a tall and slender base if this is a concern. Alternatively, a mixture of floor and table lamps arranged at different heights creates balance and harmony.

Top tip: Place your floor lamp in the corner of your room to reflect light back into the centre.

Wall Lights

Wall lights are considered the most classic form of lighting. They require no floor or table space and are best suited to simple uncluttered schemes. They look wonderful in pairs placed either side of a fireplace, work of art, or along a hallway.

Top tip: Position your wall lights higher up on the wall to make the room feel larger, or lower down to create an intimate atmosphere.


Pendants are best utilised where you want light focused from above. They are commonly found above dining tables or kitchen islands as well as in entrance halls. Along with being practical, there are some truly striking pendant designs which double up as beautiful works of art.

Top tip: Hang a selection of pendants together at different heights to create an attractive installation.

What Are the Different Types of Lampshades?

The lampshade itself is just as important as the base, so familiarise yourself with all the options before choosing. The main lampshade shapes are:

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Drum lampshades are the most commonly seen type. They are cylindrical and can be tall and narrow or short and wide. If your lamp shade base is particularly unusual or striking, a drum lampshade in a plain fabric will be a smart addition without distracting from it. 


Empire lampshades taper outwards towards the bottom and come in gathered or non-gathered varieties. Gathered shades have a more traditional appeal and should be covered with a plain or abstract design fabric for the best results. 

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Square lampshades are similar to empire lampshades except they have panelled sides resulting in a square or rectangular bottom. They are also seen as quite traditional, sitting well on minimal or antique floor and table lamp bases.

Straight Square

Straight square lampshades, like rectangular ones, have a smart feel, but their added height makes them perfect for showcasing a fabric with an all-over pattern or prominent motif.

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Lighting Your Home


Rectangle shades have a professional air about them and are often suited to quite formal schemes. They work well on wall lights or tall thin floor lamp bases.

What Kind of Lampshade to Choose

The type of lampshade to go for will depend on the lamp base and interior style. 


As a general rule, if you have a rounded base, then a round shade such as a drum or empire in a similar or complementary shade will look most at home. If you want an eye-catching piece, consider a round shade on an angular base or vice versa.

You should also think about the surrounding décor and how the shade will fit in with or stand out from this. A shade with straight sides can look striking against an abstract wallpaper design, while one with tapered sides can provide welcome relief in an otherwise geometrically styled space. 


For table lamps, select a shade at least three quarters the height of the base to achieve a balanced look. If it’s a particularly squat base, you can pair it with a wider shade, whereas a slender base will often call for a narrower shade.

Floor lamps can usually accommodate shades with a minimum diameter of 45cm, depending on the size of the base. Skinny floor lamps can appear ‘top heavy’ with wide shades, while tripod styles often need one to balance their wider base.


With our bespoke service, you can have a beautiful custom lampshade made with any of the designer fabrics on our website. Drum, empire, square, oval, and coolie shapes are available in sizes starting from 20cm (8”) and you can also add trimmings such as a bobble fringe for a unique overall finish. Our custom made lampshades are ready within four to six weeks from design to delivery. Request a quote today.

Lighting Trends

1. Precious Gems

Have you read our Five Trends You Need To Know? Then you’ll know that richer more saturated tones such as indigo, teal, ochre, and burnt orange are to be the most sought after. Darker lamp bases and shades not only create a bold statement, the coloured glow they provide can be used to tailor the atmosphere of your room, from warm and cosy to dusky and dramatic.




2. Metallics on Top

Metallics never really go out of style, particularly in the lighting world where designers are becoming more daring and creative with their ranges. Whether it’s a sculpted metal design or simply a metallic finish, these beautiful surface textures will shimmer in the light and add instant glam to your interiors. 




3. Stunning Ceramics

The demand for hand-crafted one-of-a-kind furnishings and home accessories is still in full force, and ceramics are no exception. There's intriguing sculpted forms, mesmerising glazes and beautiful paintwork. Our selection of ceramic light bases celebrate craftsmanship and style while looking elegant in any interior space. 



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