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The living room is a place of rest and relaxation, and creating the right setting can be achieved with the help of simple yet effective lighting. We came across young designer Tom

Raffield at the Interiors Birmingham show in January. He has created a collection of floor and table lamps and pendants from steam bent wood, which are ideal for many settings including domestic. He uses a variety of wood species, including ash, oak and walnut.

When choosing a luminaire for the living

room, most people look for a statement piece. They are often bigger in size, as the lounge is normally one of the largest rooms in the house, which means more arms, more lamps and subsequently more energy used. tp24’s aim is to change the public

perception of low energy lighting by producing attractive, good quality fittings that provide sufficient lighting levels and are affordable to everyone. Stateside, Provence and Splash are some of the new ranges designed and manufactured by tp24. The Cherbourge, from the Provence range is a modern classic. It is available in chrome or polished brass and with matching double wall brackets. A special feature of this fitting is that it is switchable, allowing the homeowner to switch half the lamps off when lower lighting levels are required. This is a feature of many of the larger multi-armed fittings from tp24, such as Roubaix, Popova and Majestic. Sally Storey, design director at John Cullen Lighting, says illuminating shelves are a great way of creating atmosphere in a living room. ‘Well-lit shelving can create anything from a real feature to just a way of adding another layer of soft, atmospheric light,’ says Storey. ‘Always make sure concealed lighting is just that – concealed – even when you are sitting down. If you can see the light source it will ruin the effect, so lights may need to be recessed, or have

either a lip or small downstand.’ Another tip Storey shares is for large shelving units; think about lighting every other niche to create a chequer board effect. She also notes: ‘It may be obvious, but never backlight a space which will be filled with books or anything else which is solid – no one will be able to see it.’ ‘To add drama to a vase or small sculpture in a niche, use a strip of LED lights to backlight it (Contour from John Cullen Lighting) and a small surface display light to front light it (Footlight by John Cullen Lighting).’

A strip of tiny LED lights used behind thick floating glass shelves create a minimal but really eye-catching look. Make sure the shelves are 45mm from the back wall and that the front and side edges of each shelf are frosted to stop the light travelling straight through the shelf and out into the room.

The Oakbridge Buckshaw retirement village in Chorley has been illuminated throughout with a range of bespoke and standard lighting from the Chelsom collection. Reflecting the quality and style of this retirement village, the Chelsom lighting scheme features fine quality brass flush fittings, exquisite cast table and floor lamps, and glass wall lighting.

At The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Chelsom provided table and floor lamps for the living areas, creating a home from home feel. Created by award-winning designer Amanda Rosa, the interiors are inspired by the Perthshire countryside, evident in the muted shades of heather, taupe and cream. Weighty solid brass swirl lamps finished in subtle polished aluminium are teamed with crisp cream shades.

Whether its concealed lighting, highlighting particular objects, or a statement pendant, living rooms can be havens of relaxation with the right lighting.

Clockwise from facing page: Chelsom table lamps at Oakbridge Retirement Village and Gleneagles Hotel; Tom Raffield’s Pendant No. 1 and Cage light; LED effects by John Cullen Lighting; some of the many delights from tp24.


Chelsom 01253 831 400

John Cullen Lighting 020 7371 5400 Tom Raffield 07968 621 955 tp24 0844 822 8095

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