Light is the final touch that can enhance or degrade even the best interiors. And lighting is a complex issue because it’s about:
- how many lights you have and where/how they’re positioned.
- what sort of bulb you choose (white, warm, etc) and its power.
- what lighting fixture to choose.
Let’s see how you can tackle the third of these complex issues:
what lighting fixture to choose
As mentioned, a certain light fitting will go with a certain bulb and that is a first criteria.
Secondly think about the style you like and the feeling you want to give. A metal light will give a completely different look than a fabric one where light filters through it. Beautiful lights exists in the most amazing shapes and materials, so many that the choice can be quite hard.
Left A fabric light I saw recently
Center With its crystals Hope from luceplan www.luceplan.it is an innovative interpretation of traditional chandeliers
Right Taraxacum with its many bulbs from Flos www.flos.it
Third, think proportions: if you live in a maison de maître with high ceilings and big rooms a pendant lamp has to be VERY big, otherwise it will look lost and lonely. If on the other hand you live in an apartment with big volumes but low ceilings then you can put a big ceiling lamp (attached to the ceiling).
Left Ceiling lamps from Modoluce www.modoluce.it
Right Huge pendent light from modoluce www.modoluce.it
Fourth, think about having a certain coherence in your whole house. You don’t have to buy matching lamps but give the impression of having a fil-conducteur -a certain logic- that makes everything look coherent. The logic could also be “a mix of old and new” like in the pictures below.
Left A mix of old and new lighting fixture and home features: Fiorella light in opalflex (a sort of plastic) from slamp www.slamp.it
Right: Recessed light and old mouldings