I’m fast beginning to realise that buying a new home from a developer comes with lots of limitations design wise. But, as they say, necessity is the mother of invention, so I will just have to get on with it and get more creative. Living in a magnolia box is not an option.
One of the things I will have to live with however, is the positioning of the lighting in the house. It comes fully wired with the usual downlighters in the kitchens and bathrooms and a central pendant fitting in all of the other rooms. My pet hate usually, but I am going to get my thinking cap on and find the best options. I’m pretty much in the same position as a renter really. I can’t move them and start channelling in new lights just yet and I can’t afford to buy nine new designer pendants all at once.
So, I’m going to shop at some of my favourite high street stores and here’s a few for starters.
That familiar looking black number from Next Home is looking very tempting for the hall and stairs. I need three in total and at £38 each I don’t see how I can refuse.
The cluster lights from BHS would also make a good option above the dining table where a single pendant can sometimes look a bit insignificant.
And the black drum shade from Habitat is a good option when ceilings are not exactly high. The gold lining will cast a very warm light too.
My advice for anyone in the same position would be to go for the largest fitting available as there is nothing worse than a single tiny central light. And of course to add plenty of table lamps, floor standing lamps, fairy lights, rope lights and candles. In fact the more light sources the better.
Do you have a favourite above?