Nine of the best new lighting ideas to brighten up your home

Amelia Thorpe picks out some of the best colors, switches, and more.

Statement shadow

A new take on patterned shade fashion, this Merlot pandanus lampshade is hand-woven from palm leaves by artisans in Indonesia by Birdie Fortescue for prices starting at £ 60.

Classic charm

The antique glass panels and verdigris finish of the pineapple holder lantern, medium size, £ 3,840, add extra charm to this classic design, inspired by an English lamp from 1830 by Charles Edwards.

Bathroom beauties

The shape and the reed glass panes of the Keegan 1 wall lights made of satined brass (£ 186 each) reflect the Art Deco design and are suitable for bathroom use by Där Lighting due to their IP44 protection rating.

Make the switch

The light switch specialist Forbes & Lomax has introduced a new range of momentary dimmer switches. Unlike standard rotary dimmers, you can dim your lights in multiple places and come in a range of classic button and toggle styles so you can choose a design that goes with the rest of your home. Just flip the switch and the light will come on and hold to brighten or darken the light. Brushed brass 3 speed momentary toggle, £ 259.20.

Thrive fine

Tapered sides with elegant scrolls add a decorative finish to the hexagonal design of the Fulton hanging lantern (£ 2,640) by Jamb.

Light elegance

The Walcot pendant, £ 189.20, in blown glass with a Heritage Copper connector and vintage-style braided cable, forms an elegant focal point over a kitchen island or dining table by Jim Lawrence.

Good idea

The Linus table lamp is held in faux red gesso to brighten up the darkest corners. It costs £ 614 from Julian Chichester.

Slim figure

The slim Seasoned Oak Fairfax lamp bases (£ 111 each) with Henry 15-inch Harry Cloud linen lampshades (£ 40 each) don’t take up too much space, making them a great choice for a Neptune console table.

Wonderful pooky

Artist Maude Smith worked with Pooky to create a delightful series of children’s lampshades, including this 12 inch (30 cm) straight empire cotton design from Sunny Street, £ 45.

Designer Susie Atkinson

Photo credit: designer Susie Atkinson

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Lighting restorer Jolene Farmer with a restored Sven Sorensen Petal Light.

Lighting restorer Jolene Farmer with a restored Sven Sorensen Petal Light. Photo credit: Quest

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