Stylish Interior Lamps

We show you how to use lighting to transform a room.

Lighting can change the mood and shape of a room as much as a paint job or redesign. In even the simplest of rooms lighting can make a huge difference to the way it reads. The key is to choose lighting that reflects how the room is used.

Shannon shows you five great lamps and how they can transform a room.

Living Room: Statement Lamp – Isamu Noguchi lamp
To create a lovely warm atmosphere, this lamp is perfect. Designed by Japanese designer Isamu Noguchi, the soft rice paper shade is a simple yet beautiful idea. Noguchi’s lamps were very popular in the 80’s and many designers and light manufacturers since have been widely inspired by his designs. This one may be out of your price range, but lots of shops sell similar designs for under $50 each.

General/All Rooms: Uplight Lamp – Not Floor uplight lamp
If you have a low ceiling, bright lighting from above will draw the height down further. To open up a space and make a ceiling seem higher, take lighting to the outer perimeters rather than the centre, and use uplights to direct the light onto the walls and bounce it off the ceiling. The ceiling will appear higher if the lamps are set lower. You can also light up certain objects or items on the walls – use a floor spot lamp to light up an indoor plant, or concentrate the light on a piece of artwork on the wall.

Dining Room: Ceiling Lamp – Poul Henningsen lamp
This lamp hung low over the dining table creates an intimate space in a huge high ceilinged space. Designed by Poul Henningsen for Danish company Louis Poulsen, each segment omits a soft glow, some directed downwards onto the dining table and some upwards creating general room atmos lighting. The angle of the lamp stops the light from shining directly into your eyes even though it is hung just above head height. Seriously sensual, this lamp is a great alternative to the usual candlelight.

Home Office: Desk Lamp – Global Work lamp
This lamp is specifically designed for creating enough bright light for reading and computer work without being blinded or developing headaches after prolonged periods of time. It has all the features that you need, as it can be angled in any direction. And if the desk space is small this G clamp feature means that no valuable desk space is wasted. Priced at the budget end, this lamp looks like it cost a lot more.

Bedroom: Bedside Lamp – Uovo egg lamp
For bedside light, you need a lamp that is bright enough to read by, so that you don’t damage your eyes, but soft enough so that you don’t feel like you’re sleeping in a supermarket. These beautiful Uovo lamps are perfect. The egg shape is unusual and a little quirky, and creates a wonderful mood as well.

Things to consider:

  • All lamps and permanent light fixtures in your home can have a dimmer attached to them so that you can adjust the level of light to suit your needs
  • Make a lovely paper bag out of some interesting paper, use coloured paper or Japanese rice paper, and place it over an exposed bulb for an individual touch
  • Got a table lamp that looks like it belongs to your granny? Throw a beautiful scarf over it to disguise the shade and provide a much softer glow
  • When Christmas is over, don’t pack away those fairy lights for another year. There are plenty of ways of displaying them - drape them over your mosquito net above your bed to create a beautiful ambience
  • Grab an old red head photographer’s lamp at an auction or market stall and use it in your living space for a bit of an industrial look

Equipment and Suppliers:

Isamu Noguchi lamp ($325):
Made In Japan
437 Oxford St
Paddington, Sydney
Tel. 9360 6979

Not Floor uplight ($39) and Global Work lamp ($45):
Ikea, Supa Centre
Cnr Todman Ave & South Dowling St
Moore Park, Sydney
Tel. 9313 6400

Poul Henningsen lamp ($700) came from:
Louis Poulsen
71-77 Regent St
Tel. 9699 3766

Uovo egg lamp ($415):
Planet Furniture
419 Crown St
Surry Hills
Tel. 9698 0680

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