Whilst we love candles for relaxation purposes, we’re pretty happy that we no longer have to rely on them as our only source of light once the night draws in! These days, we can simply flick a switch and our homes will be brightly illuminated for however long we desire, meaning we can continue living our best lives right through the midnight hours.
Simply put, a properly lit space is essential for everyday life. Lighting can create or enhance the mood of a room, designate what purposes certain areas are used for, draw focus to your favourite items, or even add an extra flash of design flair where required. In this article, we’ll take a look at the different types of contemporary lighting every good home should have – and highlight a few standout Timothy Oulton pieces to ensure you light the way in style.
Ambient lighting is probably the most important lighting each room in your space needs. Think of this as the general lighting that bathes your home in a warm, inviting glow – bright enough to ensure you can see and move around easily, but not so bright that it makes you wince in discomfort.
Modern chandeliers or pendant lighting are a great way of delivering excellent ambience lighting, whilst also adding a spectacular centrepiece to your space. Our Gyro Crystal Chandelier takes its inspiration from a gyroscope, a scientific device invented in the 19th century for measuring orientation. We’ve reworked the gyroscope’s distinctive shape into a framework of metal spheres that encircle a crystal chandelier in its centre – creating a striking contrast between the industrial grit of the raw metal frame with the delicate romance of a traditional chandelier.
Long rectangular pendant lights look especially good hung above dining tables that mirror its proportions, whilst also guaranteeing that every seat around the table gets its equal share of light. Our Rod Rectangular Pendant is a contemporary take on 1940s’ Venetian Murano glass and brass library lights, whilst its elliptical glass rod structure is inspired by colonnades from classical architecture – giving it a pleasingly geometric and symmetrical shape that’s certain to turn heads.
Accent lighting is what you would use to add extra dimension to your lighting, creating certain focal points in your room – for instance, using wall sconces to highlight art pieces or other unique features that you’re keen to draw attention to.
Our Selenite Sconces are a perfect example of divinely-deployed accent lighting. Named after the Greek goddess of the moon, these wall sconces deliver a soft pearlescent glow reminiscent of moonlight, with each fixture comprising hundreds of individual selenite crystals. With both small and large sizes available, try placing a Selenite sconce either side of a piece of wall art, creating a wow-worthy display fit for any gallery – and just wait for the admiring glances to come rolling in.
Our illuminated mirrors also make for stunning statement pieces that bring an unexpected interplay of light and shade to a space. Inspired by 1970s infinity mirrors, our Inception Mirror features several antique LED bulbs behind its frame; these emit a soft mellow glow that turn it into a seemingly endless, strangely mesmerising pool of reflections once lit – essentially transforming the mirror into a piece of art in itself.
Task lighting is – yep, you guessed it! – the kind of lighting you require to help you accomplish certain tasks. This should be concentrated and localised to the area you use for specific activities, for instance, a desk lamp where you work or a reading light at your bedside.
Table lamps are an ideal way of injecting task lighting where you need it. We’re rather partial to our Globe Table Lamp, which was inspired by a vintage 1950s holophane street light from Tim’s personal collection. Its cast glass globe features an industrial grid texture and comes in either clear glass with a brass dome or smoked glass with an iridescent petrol metal dome – making for a striking marriage of design and function.
For something a little quirkier, look to our Iris Table Lamp, which takes its aesthetic cues from the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. A little bit-sci, a little bit steampunk, Iris is crafted from black iron and clear crystal that has been cleverly shaped to look like submarine portholes. Place it on a table next to your sofa or bed for an eye-catching reading light that exudes plenty of personality.
If you’ve not got enough floor space to squeeze in a table for accommodating task lighting, a floor lamp can also do the trick – and even double up as accent lighting to boot. Try our Zig Zag Floor Lamp for size; it features an intricate metal skeleton set with dozens of individual optical glass spheres, meaning the reflections and refractions from each sphere bounce off each other to create a gorgeous kaleidoscope of surrounding light.