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How to Light Low Ceilings

It’s common knowledge in the interior decorating world that a high ceiling makes your room look larger, lighter and much more spacious, even if the width dimensions are not huge.

We would all love to have high ceilings in our homes, but the fact of the matter is that it’s not always possible and sometimes our homes simply have low ceilings; this shouldn’t put your off trying to make the room look as spacious as possible.

The right lighting fixtures can go a very long way in making your low-ceilinged room look far bigger than it actually is.

If your ceiling is under 2.4 metres, then it is considered a low ceiling and this is mainly due to the fact that you have very little leeway when it comes to vertical lighting fixtures. If you have a low ceiling, you need to carefully select your lighting so that it doesn’t become a hazard for the taller visitors or members of your household.

Whether it’s just in your attic and other such rooms, or if it is your whole household – having low ceilings means that you do have to make some compromises but it doesn’t mean that you can’t have really great lighting designs.

If you light your low ceilings badly, it could cause accidental pools of high-contrast lighting in your room and across your ceiling which will leave huge hot spots and really dark shadows that may make it hard to see what you are doing. If your low ceiling is somewhere like a basement, then lighting is particularly important as there is bound to be a lack of natural light.

You really don’t have to worry about your low ceilings, instead embrace what you’ve been given and take the opportunity to make unique, calculated design decisions that will enhance the size of the room and make it feel spacious.

 

Use low-profile fixtures

Large, long/low-hanging fixtures are simply not going to work in a room that has a low ceiling. They are going to take up all of the vertical space and actually make the room look and feel more cramped – particularly for taller guests that keep bumping into them.

So, pendants and chandeliers are probably not going to be the first choice for a room with a low ceiling. Instead; there are a whole lot of really great, modern low-profile options for you to choose from including;

  • Flush mounts and semi-flush mounts: Flush mounts don’t have the best reputation in the lighting industry and that’s because they used to be archaic and unsightly lamps that detracted rather than added to a room’s charm.

    However, these lamps have gone through a complete revamp and now are available in all sorts of styles and designs that will bring an extra bit of energy and style to your rooms that have low ceilings. Our range of flush and semi-flush mounts are perfect for your low-ceilinged room, but remember to avoid anything that hangs.
  • Recessed lighting: If you haven’t heard of recessed lights then don’t fret too much – they are also called pot lights and for good reason. These lights are built into the ceiling, rather than on the top of it and outside of it, which means that they take up virtually none of the vertical space that is so important in a room that has a low ceiling.

There is a wonderfully large range of lights for low ceilings that you can choose from that will make your rooms seem bigger, more spacious and won’t knock your tall friends or family on the head every time that they enter the room.

If you’re worried about your low ceiling, then get in touch with us and our team of expert designers will be on hand to help you achieve the look that you want.

Why Choose LED Lighting for Your Bathroom Upgrade

Technology is a wonderful thing in most aspects and it’s sure been a game changer when it comes to the lighting industry. Since 2015, homeowners have spent millions of pounds on upgrading their more traditional lighting to LED lighting and they’re reaping the rewards of doing so.

Your bathroom is a hugely important space within your home; it’s a sanctuary where you can wash off the hard work of the day, relax in the bathtub and pamper yourself. It’s also somewhere that you groom and get freshened up; ready to face everything you have to like a champ.

That’s why it’s so imperative to have the right lighting in your bathroom. A lot of bathrooms have poor lighting that doesn’t cast enough light on mirrors to be effective, or the lighting is simply wrong for the overall style of the bathroom.

If you are remodelling your entire bathroom or you simply want to upgrade the lighting to suit your modern fixtures, then LED lighting is the way to go.

 

Here’s why our first choice for bathroom lights are LED:

 

Prices are much better

The LED lighting market has seen a massive growth in popularity, which has resulted in more affordable prices for both bulbs and fixtures. It now costs a whole lot less to upgrade your lighting to LED than ever before.

Whether you are simply looking to swap out your bulbs to LED or you want to upgrade the entire system and go for the sleeker looking new LED fixtures and strips – then you can do so without the hefty price tag that used to accompany it.

 

A whole range of new styles

When people hear the term “LED lighting” they often think that they are going to end up with bare fixtures that cast some sort of fluorescent glow all over their homes. The truth of the matter is that the LED lighting market is now one of the most stylish and modern within the industry.

You can now get LED lighting for your bathroom in a huge range of styles to suit the décor of your bathroom, whether that’s contemporary, rustic or traditional. LED lights are cool, stylish and will add that little bit extra to bring your bathroom décor together.

 

An improved quality of light

We are well aware that the early attempts at LED lighting often produced the sterile white or blue light that you’d find in an office or a hospital and it wasn’t particularly stylish or flattering. However, the LED lighting industry has advanced so rapidly that you can hardly tell the difference between LED and incandescent lighting nowadays. LED lights are also dimmable, which makes them the perfect addition to any bathroom, as they can be as bright as they need to be for your grooming but put down low when you want to relax in the bath with some candles.

 

Smart lighting

One of the most wonderful things about LED lighting is its potential for connectivity; LED lighting can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet through an app. This means that you don’t have to get out of bed when you realise you’ve forgotten to turn the bathroom light off.

Smart lighting is also an important feature when it comes to the safety of your home, as you can turn lights on even when you are not there and deter anyone that thinks you are out.

 

Save energy

We are all becoming more and more conscious of the impact that we are having on the planet and one of the main problems is our energy consumption of fossil fuels and other non-renewable sources. LED lighting was developed due to the need for more energy efficient lighting solutions. LED bulbs use dramatically less energy than older bulbs; they use less energy and save you money on your monthly bills. We think that’s a win-win!

If you’d like to know more about our lighting range or you have a question about interior design in general, we would love to hear from you today so please do get in touch.

Top Tips For Lighting Up Your Kitchen

Like anything in life, your kitchen requires the right balance between lighting and décor to get it looking and feeling as perfect as it possibly can. The kitchen is often the hub of the home and many hours are spent meal prepping, cooking, doing grocery lists, helping kids with the homework and drinking wine with your best friend.

That’s why it’s so important that you choose the right light for your kitchen. Here is a handy guide put together by our design experts on how to get your kitchen lighting just right:

The three types of lights

As with any room in your home, you shouldn’t just stick to one type of lighting and rather use a combination of different lighting types and styles to get the best overall effect. The three best kinds of lighting for your kitchen that you should know about are ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting.

  1.        Ambient lighting

Ambient lighting is the main source of lighting in your kitchen and could be an extra addition to natural window light, or a fill-in if you don’t have any natural light to rely on. Ambient lighting works best when it is cast evenly over the room from your ceiling and this means that you can use a combination of lighting styles like chandeliers and flush or semi-flush pendant lights and mounts.

  1.        Task lighting

As already mentioned, task lighting is the main source of light in your kitchen, however, it isn’t going to be able to reach every nook and cranny in the room and, as such, it’s doing to leave shadows and dark areas that you are going to want to adorn with lighting.

Task lighting helps you to illuminate the areas that your ambient lighting doesn’t reach; this ensures that your countertops and cabinets are sufficiently lit to safely prepare food, read recipes and do homework. Strip lighting and puck lights are two of the most common choices when it comes to task lighting in kitchens.

  1.        Accent lighting

Accent lighting is the crème de la crème of kitchen lighting; while some people may see it as an unnecessary addition, most people know that accent lighting is absolutely essential. Accent lighting includes fixtures like kick lights and cabinet lights that are used for the sole purpose of making the most beautiful and unique parts of your kitchen stand out.

 

The Most Important Areas to Light in Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is comprised of a few very important areas and you need to make sure that the following spaces are illuminated in the right way and style to accentuate their features:

  • Your island: Your kitchen island really is where all the action happens; whether that’s as an integrated cooktop space or if it’s more of a chopping and hanging out area – you’re going to want to ensure that you light it correctly.

    If you have an island that is used predominantly for cooking, cutting or reading recipes, then something like hanging lights of down lighting is going to look great. If you have a more of a counter seating space or socialising island, then look at lighting fixtures such as pendants.
  • Under-cabinet lighting: Lighting your cabinets correctly is way more important than many people believe it to be. Ambient lighting is great for an overall light throughout the kitchen but it can leave dark shadows under cabinets and under-cabinet lighting is used to rectify this and give the space the illumination it needs.

    Task lighting can be used for these spaces to ensure that you can read your recipes, see your ingredients, find your spices and much more.
  • Ceiling lighting: Lighting your ceiling well can make a huge difference when it comes to how big your kitchen looks. Uneven lighting often causes rooms to look small; use recessed lighting or other lighting options to ensure your ceiling is evenly and properly lit for the look you want to achieve in your kitchen.

If you’d like more expert advice on how to remodel your kitchen or you would simply like to find out more about our lighting fixtures, please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.

How To Get the Perfectly Lit Room

It’s hard to get the lighting absolutely perfect in all of your rooms – not impossible – but hard. It takes a lot of planning and calculating to understand what lighting you need in your room and how it’s going to work in conjunction with other lighting fixtures.

 If you aren’t a professional when it comes to lighting, then this can all seem quite intimidating and creating a beautiful, functional space for you, your family and your friends can be a little daunting.

 

If you feel like there’s just something that isn’t quite right about your room, then we’d safely say that it could be your lighting. That’s why we put together this quick guide to help you get started on creating the perfect lighting for your rooms.

A well-lit room takes preparation and this all starts with four predominant issues that you need to consider: 

  1. What the room is used for
  2. How to light the different parts of the room
  3. What kind of light sources to use
  4. Using dimmable light fixtures

 

What are you using the room for?

Before you get started with your lighting design plan, the most important thing to consider is what the purpose of the room is. The activities that you are doing in the room are going to be a massive factor when it comes to deciding the lighting that you are going to need.

For example:

  • Avoid using very bright lights around your bed, as they will stimulate your mind and make sleep harder to come by – blue light is particularly bad for getting beauty sleep. Use something with a low colour temperature if you want something close to your bed.
  • Use bright bulbs in wardrobes and cupboards to ensure that you can find what you are looking for no matter what time of day it is.
  • Make sure that the lighting in the dining room doesn’t shine into people’s eyes.
  • Use a combination of lighting in the kitchen to light up dark spaces and accentuate work areas.

 

Light the different parts of your room

The best and simplest way to have a well-lit room is breaking the room down into zones that have their own lighting sources, kinds and controls. By doing this you will be able to better control the ambience of your room and dim or brighten different sections according to what you are using them for.

It also allows people to enjoy the different activities in a room with a light setting specific to what they are doing; you can also save money and energy by only lighting the area that you are working in.

 

Choose your light source

Your light sources are one of the most important aspects of your space and now that you have decided what the room will be used for and split the space into lighting zones, you can now go ahead and find the fixtures that will suit it best.

Don’t just stick to one style; instead combine different kinds of lighting fixtures such as floor lighting, desk lamps, natural light, wall lights and overhead light. This will help to accentuate the special parts of your room and make sure it’s practical for its function.

 

Using dimmers

We really do believe that dimmers can go a long way in creating the right ambience for your room, especially if it’s a multi-purpose space.

A dimmer gives you flexibility and control that set lighting fixtures don’t and allow you to adjust the lighting to suit your needs; for example in the bathroom you can make it bright when putting makeup on or shaving your beard, but put it right down when enjoying a relaxing bath.

These are just some of the ways that you can make your lighting perfect for every room. If you would like to get more advice from our professional designers here at Christopher Wray, then please feel free to get in contact with us. We’d love to help you achieve perfectly lit rooms in your home.

Lighting Trends for Spring Summer 2019

Spring is just around the corner and that could mean an update on your home’s decoration and design. One of the simplest and most effective ways to give your home a wonderful update without having to do anything too drastic is simply by changing up your lighting.

 

 

Lighting can make your house ooze in character and sophistication, or it could make it a drab and character-less space. It really is as easy as swapping out those old lamps with something more contemporary to give your house a whole new fresh look.

If you’re thinking about changing up the lighting in your home, these are just some of our favourite trends for Spring Summer 2019:

 

Au Naturale

There has been a massive shift to sustainable, eco-friendly materials throughout the interior decorating industry and that also applies to lighting trends.

Natural textures and raw materials are the new in thing. Thanks to a growing awareness of the dire straits we have landed our planet in, green living has become an ever-popular trend and an opportunity for designers to create some truly beautiful lights.

You can give your home an organic, earthy feel using lighting fixtures made of materials such as wood, bamboo and even concrete.

 

Bold

The one thing that we love about the current place we find ourselves in at the moment in the interior design industry, is that sleek, minimalist trends seem to have found common ground with more contemporary looks.

There is going to be an increasing demand for signature lights or lights that really stand out in a room. These awesome designer light features are really making waves this year and are an excellent way to add something a little different to your home.

 

Chandeliers

Chandeliers and pendants had a massive resurrection in 2018 and in 2019 so we only expect them to grow in popularity. Whether you put a chandelier in the bathroom, the bedroom, the kitchen or in the lounge, it’s going to look right at home.

 

Chandeliers come in so many materials these days, from glass and metal to beaded, natural and crystal - there’s simply something for every taste and to suit the look you want for your home.

 

Future modern

It was always a given that even though we have embraced some of the styles of the past - a nostalgic trip back down memory lane - there was always going to be those designs looking to break the mould and cater for those looking for the ultra-modern lighting designs.

These come in shapes that are sleek, minimalistic and futuristic. Everything from floor lamps to painting lights, hanging bulbs and reading lamps has been tinkered with and these modern and mystifying representations of the new age will fit seamlessly into any modern, minimalist home.

 

Landscape lighting

No, we aren’t talking about lighting that is going to make your garden look spectacular, but rather lighting that is veering away from the traditional vertical hanging fixtures that we know and love.

Vertical lighting spans the width of the room and creates a contemporary, yet clean look to any room in your house. Use exposed bulbs for extra emphasis on the effect that they can have on the lighting in your home.

 

Structures

We seem to be pushing our creative abilities to their absolute peak at this stage of the lighting industry and some of the designs coming out are simply breath-taking. Sculptural fixtures or lamps make a statement in a room and can often be viewed more as art than as lights.

These are some of our favourite lighting trends for 2019. If you’d like to know more about how we can help you upgrade the lighting in your home, please give us a call or simply browse through the amazing ranges on our online lighting store.

The 5 Most Important Interior Trends for Spring 2019

We all know that it’s been a pretty long and brutal winter and everyone is waiting for spring to bring some sunlight, warmth and cheer into our lives. It’s no coincidence that spring is the season that sees the most renovation and redecorating when compared to its 3 other seasonal compatriots; besides they don’t call it spring cleaning for nothing!

 

Spring is fresh, it smells good, it’s reinvigorating and it’s the time of the year where we at Christopher Wray are most excited to see what trends are really going to take off in a big way.

We attended a whole host of design events and shows last year and if the whispers are to be believed, these are the top design trends to keep an eye out for in spring:

 

  1.        Sustainability

There has been a palpable shift over to sustainable and eco-friendly designs over the last few years, but this year we really expect to see designers really getting stuck into it with their utmost creativity.

People are simply steering away from furniture and fixtures that are produced en-masse and are looking for quirky, personal, high quality and sustainable decorations for their homes.

2019 is going to see a new market of sophisticated household fixtures and furniture made from recycled and environmentally-friendly products that aren’t just good for the planet but also clean and elegantly designed for the modern home.

 

  1.        Darker kitchens

An interesting trend has reared its head over the last season and we have seen the search for black and navy blue kitchens expand dramatically.

Now don’t get us wrong, you shouldn’t make your whole kitchen a dark blue colour but select an aspect that you want to make pop; this could be your walls, floors, cabinets, frames or countertops. Blue is the new grey and we hope that it is here to stay.

 

  1.        Linear lights

There’s nothing that makes your house more of a home than lighting; luckily we’ve moved away from dull, overhead lighting into a much more exciting and sophisticated lighting era.

This year we are getting more and more requests for linear lighting that is effective whilst bringing an extra element of modern glamour to a home. Linear lighting such as the Abthorpe Range is one of our customer favourites.

 

  1.        Clashing colours and prints

We missed the years where bold patterns and prints were a thing; for very many years, the minimalist movement and modern sophisticated look seemed to shy away for anything too fun or overstated.

However, we are happy to report that colourful patterns and prints are definitely back for 2019. Whether you’re putting in outrageous wallpaper patterns, velvet cushions, or covering your couch in something bold and beautiful - you’re getting decorating on-trend this year.

However, remember that this also needs to come with some balance, as you don’t want to make your whole house patterned - select a few aspects of your home and furniture and boldify them up and they will light up the whole room.

 

  1.        Living Coral

There is absolutely no shying away from the fact that Living Coral is this year’s Belle of the Ball. Living Coral was recently named 2019’s Pantone Colour of the Year and this means we’re going to be seeing a whole lot of it.

It’s a bright, pinky-orange dusting of colour that manages to find the middle of the ground in being both understated and eye-catching. How you use it is going to impact the effect that it has on your home; as a wall colour it will pop with playfulness and give your home a bold look and on the other side of the spectrum, using just small pockets of it in a minimalist/modern home will just give you cheeky glances of warmth that bring everything together.

Get in contact with us if you’d like some more expert advice on interior decorating, or have a look at our extensive range of high-quality products from the world’s best designers.

 

3 Best Design Shows in the UK This Year

If you’re looking for a few interior design shows to spice up your 2019, then we’ve got a whole lot here for you. We have put together a list of our favourite shows that are happening in the UK this year.

Whether you’re an interior decorator or designer by profession or if you’re just a homeowner/tenant looking for something to inspire you for a renovation or redecoration, then you’re bound to get some joy out of these three shows.

 

Whatever your purpose is for attending; you’re going to see heaps of new talents, cutting-edge ideas and mouth-watering designs that will make you eager to get home or back to the office and get started.

 

  1. The Ideal Home Show

Where: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London

When: Monday 22nd March 2019 to 7th of April 2019

At the Ideal Home Show, you’re going to be wowed by new, innovative solutions and on-trend technology and products that could revolutionise your home. The show is sponsored by Zoopla and is one of the UK’s most anticipated design shows every year.

With over 600 companies taking part, over 100 talks and sophisticated out-the-box ideas from a country-wide team of experts, it’s promised to be a great show. It’s not just all interior design either, as they also offer health and wellness advice as well as opportunities for some good ol’ fashioned pampering, which is all included in the price of your ticket.

As if that wasn’t enough, this year they’ve decided on celebrating all things British with the best of British theme. This is one show that simply has to be added to your calendar.

 

  1. Grand Designs Live

Where: London ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL and National Exhibition Centre, North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham

When: 4th - 12th May 2019 at London ExCel and 9th - 13th October 2019 at NEC Birmingham

Undoubtedly one of the UK’s most popular design shows, Grand Designs Live returns for a two-tier run in London in May 2019 and in Birmingham in October 2019.

Grand Designs Live is a spin-off from the popular Channel 4 series and will be presented by the sought-after Kevin McCloud. If you want to get real expert advice and opinions, find out all about the hottest new products and see some of the amazing projects by some of the world’s top designers, then this is the show for you.

The six designated project zones will also include a Grand Interior spot with rooms styled and designed by new, up and coming designers, decorators and stylists.

This is the perfect show if you are looking for inspiration for a renovation, complete build or just something to help you put some finishing touches in your home. This is a multi-award winning event that is attended by some of the design world’s most renowned industry professionals.

 

  1. Clerkenwell Design Week

Where: All over Clerkenwell

When: 21st - 23rd May 2019

Clerkenwell is known for its high number of creative businesses and overflow of professionals in the industry, such as architects. It is undoubtedly one of the world’s favourite and most prolific design hubs and for good reason.

Clerkenwell Design Week came about as an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the most diverse and experienced talent in the industry from all over the world. Leading UK and international companies, brands and individuals come together in a plethora of talent through a number of events, exhibitions, showrooms and other special celebrations throughout the area.

Clerkenwell Design Week is now in its 9th year and is an award-winning, established design festival that attracts people from all over the world every year. There are over 300 brands exhibiting so we have no doubt that you will come away feeling inspired.

These are obviously just some of the amazing shows that you can see in the UK over the coming year. So remember to pop them into your diary. If you’d like to know more about the UK design scene or see some of our stunning products, simply get in touch with us as we’d love to chat.

 

The Best Way to Overcome the Post-Christmas Blues

Now that Christmas—and 2018—is over and done with, you may be feeling the post-Christmas blues. You’re not alone in that.

It’s easy to feel down now that the celebrations are over for another year, and so quickly at that. It often seems that holidays take years to arrive and then pass by in mere seconds, leaving you feeling empty and perhaps even grieving the past moment.

 

If that’s you, maybe it’s time to invest your energy in a new and different kind of project. Maybe it’s time to redesign your interior! Redesigning your interior is a great way to revitalise your house and also your mind, giving you something new to focus on.

If all goes well, the end result of such a project will be a happier you—and a fun and inspiring space that you will love for days, weeks, months and years to come.

 

Choose a new colour theme for your rooms

Christmas is often a time for red and green, blue and white, and silver and gold colour themes so putting away your decorations and leaving Christmas behind for the year may leave your house looking bland or colourless.

If that’s the case, consider what you can do to brighten things up. Choose a colour theme that makes you happy and find a way to inject it into one room or even all the rooms in your home. Christmas isn’t the only time of year that you can decorate and create an environment that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

 

Include indoor plants in your decorating

Indoor plants can bring life into your home—both literally and figuratively. Plenty of plants are well-suited to life indoors, whether in a pot, hanging pot, or planter box, and all can thrive in the right conditions.

Put plants in pots or planter boxes that match their size and position them based on their size too. For example, a small tree might go well in the corner of a room or next to a couch. A small plant in a pot may make a great centrepiece to a table or be a good focal point to take up most of a side table.

 

Repaint your walls

Even if all you do is repaint your walls, you will notice a huge difference in the feel of the room that you redecorate. Choose a paint colour that complements your furnishings and one that creates the right mood.

For your kitchen, you may prefer lighter, airier colours, while pastel colours may suit a bedroom. If you don’t want to repaint entire rooms, an alternative is painting smaller images or shapes onto some walls. Some people paint quotes from books that inspire them and we suggest using a stencil for the best possible result.

 

Rearrange and redecorate

Another way to redesign your home is to rearrange your pre-existing furniture and redecorate. Put away some of your more commonly used items and bring out something new. You can even swap furniture and knick knacks around between rooms for a different vibe. Mix and match old and new to create a new look without having to go over your budget.

There are plenty of ways to freshen things up so you just have to be a little creative.

If you’re feeling the post-Christmas blues, redesigning your interior can refocus your energies and help you to find some inner peace again. Sounds like a win-win, right? We certainly think so!

7 Essential Home Office Design Tips

Designing a home office can be a time-consuming process. Home offices require a large amount of functionality in their design, though the best ones are also stylish. When setting out to design your home office, there are several factors to consider that will impact considerably on the end result.

Here are a few tips on how to approach this.

1. Determine how much space your office has and what needs to be included in it

Make sure that your office will have plenty of space for your desk, chair, bookshelves, filing cabinet, floor lamp, and any other office furniture you may require to keep productive. Keep in mind that you may need some space to move around, and if your home office has visitors you may need space for a couch or extra seating.

 

2. Invest in an ergonomic chair

One of the most important pieces of furniture for a home office is a chair that is designed for total comfort and support. A good office chair can make your home office somewhere that you want to spend time, and not just somewhere you have to spend time.

Christopher Wray offers a range of stylish office chairs that come with an anatomically designed seat, backrest and armrests. This means that they can adapt and adjust to accommodate each user supporting the many different variations in posture.

3. Consider the layout of your furniture and give yourself a view if possible

While not all home offices have a window, some do. Factor this into the layout of your home office and consider basing your furniture’s position around the window. Face your desk toward the window for a view and to access natural lighting, and lay out your other furniture around your desk and chair.

If the home office has a window but won’t fit a desk in front of it, make sure you position your desk so that you can avoid glare on your computer screen if you keep the window open.

 

4. Make the best use of space you can

Home offices can often be smaller rooms, meaning that not much space is available. If this is the case, and you don’t have room for multiple storage cabinets, you will need to make the best use of space as you can.

This may involve wall shelving that can fill empty space above or near your desk within easy reach like Christopher Wray’s Yet modular shelving bracket, or it may involve filing trays on your desk for documents or a desk with a built-in filing drawer.

 

5. Get creative with decor and visuals

One of the biggest advantages of a home office is you can tailor it to fit your personality. On that note, consider what you can do to make your home office yours. Position knick knacks and photo frames around your furniture, choose a rug to place underneath your desk, and include any other personal items that will inspire you.

 

6. Keep your technology tidy

When it comes to technology, keep your computer and monitor positioned near powerpoints so you can easily access them to unplug components when needed. Either use wireless technology or hide cables for your technology using cord winders, tubing, or wire organisers to avoid an unsightly tangled mess that will interfere with the overall look of your home office.

 

7. Make sure your space is well lit

To avoid eye strain, make sure that you have decent lighting in your home office, whether in the form of a ceiling light, desk lamp, or floor lamp. Christopher Wray has many lighting options, like our beautiful modern Anthy desk lamp. Additionally, if you have a window make use of natural light where you can.

Setting up a home office requires a good balance between design and functionality. With Christopher Wray’s expertise in lighting and furniture, you’re sure to find all you need to create a comfortable and stylish room for your work or study.

 

Top Interior Design Trends 2019

When it comes to interior design, trends change often and this year is no different! With a focus on eco-friendly designs, natural elements, vintage lighting, minimalism and clean lines, there are so many ways to transform your home’s interior into an effortlessly beautiful space.

 

Use the New Year as a chance to overhaul your decor and bring your house back to life, starting with the trends we’ve compiled for you below.

 

Eco-friendly Designs and Natural Elements

With the current state of the planet and the importance of preserving the world we live in, it should come as no surprise that eco-friendly designs and natural elements are a big trend in interior design in 2019.

Sustainable and natural fabrics can be found just about everywhere in interior design, no matter the style. Upholstered furniture, cushions, throws, rugs, and tapestries are just a few available options. In addition to being better for the environment, these types of design elements can provide an escape from the modern world, as they’re peaceful and grounding.

 

Vintage Lighting

When it comes to lighting trends in 2019, vintage is making a comeback. This is particularly true of vintage pendants and sconces in copper and brass finishes.

Christopher Wray, experts in bespoke lighting fixtures and furniture in London, offer a great range of lighting that will brighten your space and provide an elegant touch to any space. Notably, Christopher Wray offers the Barattolo pendant collection, either in single suspension or with four lights across a bar, complete with vintage LED filament lamps and a lacquered metal structure.

 

There’s also the Diem single and double wall sconce with a choice between antique brass, polished nickel, and bronze for the finish and blown glass shade diffusers.

 

Distinct Colour Palettes

The colour tones chosen for your interior design can dramatically effect the impression and mood of a room. While some colour palettes are timeless, such as neutrals and greys, often such palettes can be built on or altered for a new and striking look.

That is the case this year for matte black, which is considered to be a great alternative to a grey colour palette. Another top colour palette for 2019 is rich earth tones, especially deep reds, oranges, and purples. Pastel colours are also in, so if you’re looking for a softer look, this might be it for you this year.

 

Minimalism and Clean Lines

Similar to the rising trend of eco-friendly designs is minimalism and clean lines. Minimalism reduces the clutter in your home and thus your environmental impact, while also being a stylish modern option that will open up your home.

Minimalism can help you to find items faster, as every item has its place. And clean lines go hand in hand with this style, giving a distinctive look, especially when paired with eye catching accents and finishes.

 

Accents and Finishes

An interior design trend that’s sure to make a big impression in 2019 is the use of accents and finishes. This trend can apply to furnishings as well as things like countertops and decor. When used in the right amounts, gold and brass make striking accents and finishes. Often paired with a neutral colour palette, accents and finishes can add an extra shine and a sense of luxury to a room.

This year, update your living area with some great interior design ideas and get with the trends. No matter the type of room you wish to freshen up, these trends in interior design—being quite flexible in nature and adaptable to different rooms—will help you to create a space that you and everyone who uses it will love.