The right lighting is crucial to setting a room’s ambiance. These bold options provide focused sources of illumination.
The real strength of a lamp lies in its mobility. Ease of movement means it can be placed in a corner or on a tabletop to light just the right amount of space in a room, or staggered at different levels to create multiple points of interest. Use this type of shadow play to create a cocooning effect in rooms that don’t necessarily rely too much on functional task lighting, such as a living or bedroom area.
Shop Gallotti & Radice ‘Bolle Tavolo 3’ table lamp, R24 450, Casarredo
Shop Grégoire Moinard ‘Coupole’ table lamp in red lacquer, R3 645, Ligne Roset
Shop Foscarini ‘Kurage’ table lamp, R13 470, Créma Design
Shop Visual Comfort & Co. ‘Dot Stance’ 13-inch rotating floor lamp in natural brass, R29 751.02, Glo Lighting & Living
With so many good-looking options available, picking the right pendant can be daunting. Consider the finish – is it metallic or colourful – and how this relates to the room. Also, look at the size of the lamp – oversized pendants work better in bigger spaces – and the amount of pendants you’ll be hanging. A cluster makes a bold statement but could possibly over-illuminate a space.
Shop Tom Dixon flask ‘Ball’ pendant in oil, R5 250, Créma Design
Shop ‘Three Armed’ G9 pendant in satin gold, R6 650, K. Light Import
Shop ‘Dust’ pendant in brass, R8 638.13, Province Lighting
Shop Casarredo ‘Sugecasa’ pendant, R16 600, Casarredo
Photograph: Elsa Young
It’s difficult not to love a chandelier; no other lighting option brings more old-world romance than one of these shimmering crystal numbers. Beware of overdoing it, though, as it’s easy to go from glam to gaudy. While a capacious room will allow you to indulge in a vertical piece, in a smaller space opt for a chandelier that is rounded and contained.
Shop ‘Eternal Pendant’ chandelier, R9 999.95, The Lighting Warehouse
Shop ‘Amelia’ chandelier, R895, Block & Chisel
Shop Medium ‘Glass Leaves’ chandelier, R9 900, Cécile & Boyd
Shop Visual Comfort & Co. Kelly Wearstler ‘Halcyon’ chandelier, R84 602.99, Glo Lighting & Living Featured image photography Elsa Young