Inspired by our upcoming lighting installations at London Craft Week and Chelsea Flower Show in May, clustered lighting is one of the simplest and most dramatic ways to create a striking result in your home. Here are our top tips:
Suit the space
If you’ve got a Victorian or Georgian property with high ceilings or a sleek new apartment with a split-level room, clustered lighting can emphasise the vertical height of the room. For a more intimate and cosy feel, group your lights closer together, or to elongate a room hang them in a line, like Tom Raffield has done (above) with our No. 1 Giant Pendants in his own home.
We’ve been experimenting with mixed wood finishes for years. Varying colour, pattern, texture and style is essential in decorating, so forget matchy-matchy room schemes and don’t be afraid to mix ash, oak and walnut wood lights together in a cluster. See Tom Raffield's own living room and our Urchin Pendants (below) for inspiration.
Different sizes and shapes
Grouping pendants of different sizes of shapes – like we have done in our lighting installations – creates a sculptural quality. Add space between pendants of different size to give the illusion that they are floating in space.
Add interest to a room by experimenting with different length pendant cords, like Tom has done (below).
Hanging clustered lights above a dining table or kitchen unit draws the eye in and creates a central point of the room. Alternatively, if you’ve got a large space you can use different clusters of lights to create distinct separate zones.
'Lighting the Square' by Tom Raffield will take place 3-7 May 2017 in Orange Square, Pimlico Road, Belgravia, London SW1W 8UT.
We’ll also be taking a lighting installation and new steam-bent summer house concept to Chelsea Flower Show 23-27 May 2017. Watch this space…