Light up your life
There's no doubt about it - lighting plays an integral role in the ambience of a room. It's so important that those who understand how lighting influences aesthetic are able to theorise around how a lamp might outstrip down-lighting, leading to a completely look and feel of a place. Julian Smith from Lamps On Line is one such expert, well-placed because of her interior design background and of course. Smith also has a penchant for lighting up spaces. We caught up with her to learn exactly how to find the balance when it comes to light: What got you interested in lighting? I have always been interested in lighting and through the Julian Decor retail stores we have became known for our wide selection of unusual lamps. I began designing standing lamps when I found it difficult to source interesting styles and found that most of the imported lamps were too short for our modern double volume homes. What styles and materials are currently popular? Wire cage shapes for both freestanding lamps and ceiling pendants are very popular right now, especially as these can be paired with vintage-style globes with interesting filament patterns. Brass and copper are the finishes that are out-selling anything else. Matt black powder-coated metal is also very popular for standing lamp as it blends into most decor settings – from classic to contemporary styled rooms. Tips for placing statement lighting in a decor scheme? Statement lighting needs to be placed in areas that need highlighting or filling up, such as a dark corner. An entrance hall is also the perfect place for statement lighting as it sets the tone of the home. When planning your lighting, decide on either one statement standing lamp or a pair of striking table lamps for a room, not both. Similarly, if you have a striking ceiling pendant, don't use a standing lamp in the same area, rather go for simple table lamps. Lighting is best when placed as close to the four corners of a room as possible as this creates a warm cocoon feeling. A lighting designer or range that inspires you? Willowlamp is producing incredible pendant fittings that are being used in wonderful spaces all around the world – their work is very stylish and well designed. READ MORE: Eco-friendly lighting ideas Lamps inspired by Chinese screens Six smart reasons to switch to LED Find quiet opulence and natural splendour in your copy of the August 2015 Luxury issue, on sale now!