With so much to get obsessed about when it comes to decorating our homes, lighting can often take a back seat – when it really should be taking centre stage.
Beyond the practicality of guiding your way through the darkness, light has the power to lift moods, help you wind down, and instantly change an atmosphere. And with winter's shorter days and colder nights already drawing in, it's likely you'll be spending more and more time in the sanctuary of your own home.
So what better way to add contrast, interest, and a spot a visual drama to your humble abode, than to apply a little bit of light therapy?
Whether you're hoping to create a more inviting atmosphere to welcome in your winter guests, or simply looking to conjure up some added ambience for those cosy evenings curled up on the couch, here's three purse-friendly ways to light up your home this winter for less.
When it comes to planning your layout, the key is to light up locations – not whole rooms. Bright overhead light can make it difficult to wind down at the end of the day, so if you're currently reconfiguring the wiring, it's a great idea to spotlight areas that require brightness, and put your 'big lights' on a handy dimmer switch.
But if you're looking for a cost-effective solution that can be applied in a jiffy, it's perfectly possible to achieve the same effects with the simple addition of some well positioned lamps. They'll add warmth, colour and perspective to any room – and instantly create a more soothing atmosphere.
Amongst our stunning collection, you'll find our organic-inspired Pebble Range, which comes in both table and floor lamp options in a range of colourways, including on-trend metallics of gold and bronze.
In every home across the land, drab light shades can be found lurking beneath forlorn-looking ceiling roses …but why be like every home?
Pendants are a great way to make an instant style statement, and because they're so quick and easy to fit, even the most unlikely of DIY-ers can add a splash of glam to their pad in mere minutes.
Cascading light across different angles and creating elegant shimmers of colour, our delightful range of pendants include crystal droplets, two-tier prisms, and even a beautiful multi-sensory pendant that peacefully tinkles in the breeze.
Current trends have put pendants right at the forefront of home fashion, and whether they're offering the aesthetic of a dazzling chandelier, or sculpted into an artisan design, pendant lights will take your house from monotone to show-home in less than the time it takes to make a cup of tea!
Candles lend something very personal to a room's ambiance, and nothing says 'romantic dinner for two' better than the flickering magic of a burning candlelight.
For a quick and simple way to add some wintry romance, group your tea-lights together in mirrored holders to allow the glittering light to reflect off the surface.
If you're looking to add a more permanent fixture to your home, an eye-catching feature piece will provide a beautiful light feature and a piece of artwork in one foul swoop.
Check out our gorgeous sparkling moon, which is perfect for a fireplace hearth, or positioned on a front porch windowsill to welcome guests
Replenished with ease by alternating across our alluring selection of tealights, with scents including vanilla, red berries and fresh cotton. (If you're feeling festive, we recommend the Cinnamon Spice for an instant Christmas kick!)
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Using lighting for function or for mood can dramatically change to look and the atmosphere within a space, with the correct illumination you will make you glitter walls glisten, your shimmers shine and your metallics make a statement.
The harsh but sometimes necessary functionality of ceiling light can be diffused with a series of standard and table lamps. Further to this for a soft and mood enhancing atmosphere mix in a touch of candle light, see my guide on How to Illuminate Your Home for a more detailed look into this topic.