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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.

 

What’s Illuminating the Way in Lighting for 2019?

The clocks have gone back; days are shorter, nights are longer, and we’re grateful to have lighting to keep our homes and businesses illuminated and functional. Electrical lighting is an indispensable item for modern living, but far from being purely functional, we love to adorn our homes with beautiful pieces that not only give us the light we need but also style and a touch of glamour too.

As the old year hurries towards its conclusion, let’s take a look at lighting trends for the New Year and see what will be illuminating our lives in 2019.

 

Natural Lines and Natural Materials

One of the most popular lighting trends of 2018 was a return to simple, natural designs and this shows no sign of disappearing in 2019. Simple, clean lines with clever functionality are the keystones of this trend, with Scandinavian inspired designs leading the way. Despite their simple appearance, these lights are clever and adaptable.

Think wood, concrete and marble combined with energy efficient bulbs and controllability via apps and you’ll be getting the picture.

 

Opulent Lighting Reminiscent of Another Century

If you’re not a minimalist at heart, you’ll love the more opulent designs that take us back to another era. Retro styles are still very much in vogue, and yet, while they may look like lighting from former years, their performance is bang up to date incorporating state-of-the-art technologies and energy efficient features.

Made from glass to give a clear bright light, this style of lighting reminds us of bright, glittering jewels that are always the focal point in any room. Choose from clear or coloured glass to send glittering shards of light around your room.

 

Look to the Future

Lighting is no longer just a functional necessity; it can be an artwork in its own right. Imaginative, futuristic designs with cylindrical bases, angled lines and shapes reminiscent of UFOs work well in minimalist homes to give a focal point that’s simple but eye-catching.

Check out modern overhanging floor lamps, complete with elliptical shaped diffuser shades. They’re the perfect option as a reading lamp or as a main source of light over your dining table. Or take a look at the Backwell floor lamp with its twisted cylindrical shade – it’s sure to be a talking point!

Romance is Far from Dead

If sleek, futuristic lighting is not your style, you may prefer to fill your home with lights and lamps that are softer, more curved and made from light, natural materials that allow the light to shine through to create a warm and welcoming ambience.

These styles radiate warm, indirect light to add a cosy glow and make any room more inviting. Made from Birch wood veneer and Copper Aluminium, the Decorum with its organic closed tulip shape offers a warming radiance that’s as atmospheric as it is beautiful.

 

Metallics are Here to Stay

The popularity of metallic finishes shows no signs of diminishing and metallic lighting, whether gold, chrome or brass, is still as alluring as ever. Metallics go with every kind of furnishings and can be used in all kinds of colour schemes.

Prefer something cool and icy – go for chrome – if you need to tone the metallic down you can opt for brushed finished. If you want to warm up your colour scheme, coppers, gold and brass are the perfect choices.

 

There’s a Lighting Style for Every Home

Trends come and go, but creative lighting designs will always be a staple. Whatever kind of home you live in, whether it’s large or small, traditional or modern, well chosen lighting can make all the difference to the ambience that you want to create.

Take some time to browse our entire collection of lighting designs and get in touch with us if there’s something we can help you with.

Untangling the History of Christmas Lights

Are you the kind of person who methodically puts away your Christmas lights each year in January making sure that they’re still working and that they’re neatly stored for easy access the next time you need them? Or do you shove them in the storage box, and hope that the tangled mess will continue to twinkle for years to come?

Whatever your preference, have you ever given a thought to why we decorate our Christmas trees with lights and how they became a staple decoration at Christmas time?

It All Started with Candles

People decorated trees with light long before electricity was invented. It’s said that the pagans used evergreens and lights during their winter celebrations and rituals, and their yule log still forms part of the Christmas celebrations today.

In the 17th century, Christian Germans brought their yuletide tree indoors and illuminated it with candles that were carefully attached with a pin or melted wax. A lit candle was also placed in the window of their house to show that it was a Christian house and that fellow Christians were welcome to visit and worship Christ together with the residents, a tradition that spread from Germany throughout Eastern Europe.

 

From Wax to Electricity

Fast forward to 1880, and we see Thomas Edison displaying the first outdoor electric light at Christmas outside the compound surrounding his laboratory. As the compound was near to a railway line, many people were able to see the new miracle of electricity.

A couple of years later in 1882, Edward Johnson, one of Edison’s protégées created the first string of electric lights with 80 red, white and blue bulbs, each of which was the size of a walnut. By 1890, the lights were in mass production and were displayed in department stores throughout the country. By the end of the century, the displays spread from retail stores to government buildings, and as the lights became more affordable over the following decades, they were seen adorning private homes too.

 

An Expensive and Dangerous Display

While Christmas trees twinkling with lights look beautiful, the dazzling displays did come at a cost. Not only did it take time and effort to decorate a tree with electric lights, it also took quite a sum of money.

For this reason, many people still used the traditional way of lighting their tree by attaching candles to the branches. However, unlike today’s modern displays, trees were usually only put up a few days before Christmas Day, and the candles would only be lit for a maximum of thirty minutes during the evening. Even so, every wise householder kept a bucket of water close by to the display in case the tree caught alight.

For those lucky enough to be able to afford to drape their trees with electric lights, unsurprisingly they chose to display their tree in the window so that people outside could also admire the display. The first lights could cost anything up to $300 dollars, a sum which equates to more than £1,500 now, as the wiring of these lights required the services of a wireman to hand wire each light onto the tree and the use of a generator.

 

Christmas Lights for the Masses

In 1925, the Sadacca brothers formed a company called NOMA (National Outfit Manufacturers) by uniting 15 existing Christmas light companies. One of the brothers, Albert, had been inspired to create safe and affordable Christmas lights after a devastating fire caused by Christmas tree candles in New York City.

NOMA mass-produced Christmas lights until 1968 when the company hit bankruptcy and finally closed its doors due to the increasing competition from other companies and foreign imports.

 

Today the Sky is the Limit

Today’s Christmas lights are an affordable option for all, and the availability of a wide selection of white and coloured lights makes it possible to create amazing displays both inside and outdoors. Many people set up magnificent displays outside their own homes, with everything from flashing neon reindeers to twinkling icicle strings.

Advances in technology have meant that LED lights which are energy efficient and help to reduce carbon emissions are both effective and affordable and come in many permutations and power options, from solar powered to those that are powered by batteries, USB or electricity.

And it also seems that Christmas lights are no longer the reserve of Christmas with many people choosing to adorn their homes both inside and out with ‘fairy’ lights throughout the year.

But whether you believe lights are for Christmas only or you keep your lights up all year round, you can always experience the magic of amazing lighting in your home by visiting our Christopher Wray showroom for some illuminating inspiration.

From Remembrance to Festive Cheer in London

Light has the ability to affect us in more ways than just visually. It also has psychological and biological effects that can have an impact on our health and wellbeing. Light can improve or disrupt our sleep. It can affect our cognition skills, and it can heighten emotions.

Light’s ability to affect our emotions has been much in evidence in recent weeks in London, where various forms of lighting have been cleverly used to not only help us remember and reflect but also to give us hope for the future and something to look forward to.

 

Light as a powerful symbol of remembrance

November 11th, 2018 marked the centenary of the end of the First World War. All over the UK and beyond, people came together to commemorate and remember the millions of people that gave their lives throughout the conflict. In London, the fallen were remembered in many different ways, but perhaps none more poignant than through the new installation at the capital’s iconic Tower of London.

Anyone who was lucky enough to brave the crowds to see ‘Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers’ will have been struck by the moving ritual where 10,000 individual candles were lit to acknowledge the lives lost during the conflict and the ultimate sacrifice made by so many; a spectacle which took four hours to evolve into a breathtaking display of flames and a powerful symbol of remembrance.

Despite the enormous crowds, anyone who attended couldn’t help but be touched by the flickering lights. By lighting these candles as symbols of eternal life, it meant that their lives wouldn’t be forgotten, and that their sacrifice would always be respected.

 

Light as a symbol of celebration and hope

During the same week, London was bathed in more twinkling lights as the city’s Christmas lights were turned on. From Oxford Street to Carnaby Street, the famous London thoroughfares became awash with festive cheer, and over the next few weeks, more and more lights will appear as darkness falls.

During holiday periods, we love to fill our homes with shimmering lights, but the tradition started centuries ago when people lit candles during ancient winter solstice celebrations as a way of remembering that spring would soon be on the way.

As Christianity took hold, candles were lit to represent the star of Bethlehem, but other religions also use light to add cheer during the winters, including the Jews who light up a menorah during Hanukkah and the Hindus who have their own Festival of Light, Diwali.

And so, when special celebrations come around, we feel the need to fill our homes with light, both inside and out.

 

Lights are not just for Christmas

In modern times, battery and solar powered lighting ensures that we can illuminate our homes during the holiday season without needing to light candles. But, of course, lights are not just for Christmas or other religious celebrations; they’re an integral part of modern living and interior design.

So why not ring the changes this Yuletide by installing lighting that will last longer than the advent period? From traditional antique brass finish star lanterns to magnificent chandeliers and pendants that glisten and glitter as the light catches the crystals, there are so many beautiful light fittings to choose from which will give your home a festive feel all year round.

Whether you prefer a modern or traditional aesthetic in your home, or your tastes are flamboyant or minimalist, you’ll find an impressive array of stunning centrepieces that will illuminate your home in style throughout the year. So why not visit your local lighting store in London, choose a new light installation and dedicate it to someone you love this Christmas?

How Lighting Can Impact Your Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Have you ever thought about how light can affect your mood?

You’re probably aware that you feel better when the sun is shining or that you’re more creative when the light is more subdued, but different lights can impact our emotional health and wellbeing too, by affecting everything from your mood to your appetite.

Sunshine Equals Happiness?

While we can’t guarantee that being in the sun will make you feel happier, it does make a big difference to your wellbeing. Researchers have found that people who are exposed to natural sunlight during the day exercise more, sleep for longer and feel much better than people who get little exposure.

Getting your daily dose of daylight will help your body to stick to its natural circadian rhythm and help it to know when it’s time to be awake and when it’s time to sleep.

 

Natural Light May Help Reduce Symptoms of Depression

Getting outside during daylight hours may also help to reduce the symptoms of depression. A 2013 study reported that volunteers with both depression and a Vitamin D deficiency found that their symptoms were reduced by increased exposure to sunlight.

The good news is that this effect can be replicated with the use of a lamp that’s designed to mimic natural outdoor light, which can prove particularly helpful during short, dark winter days.

 

Bright Light Heightens Emotions

Researchers have suggested that being under bright light can heighten both our positive and negative emotions.

Following a study in 2014, in which participants were given a number of tasks in either a brightly or dimly lit room, it was found that their senses and emotions were more intense when in a bright environment.

 

We Feel More Energetic Under Blue Light

Being exposed to blue light can give us more energy, make us feel more alert and help us to become more productive. Volunteers in a recent study were found to complete reasoning tasks more quickly and accurately when they were exposed to blue light in comparison to the control group.

Interestingly, this heightened state of alertness continued for at least thirty minutes afterwards.

 

But Blue Light Will Keep Us Awake at Night

As you would expect, if blue light gives us more energy, it’s not the best light to be exposed to if we want to sleep. Smartphones, laptops and other screens emit blue light that is known to suppress melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone. So, it’s no wonder that you’re finding it hard to sleep if you take your screen to bed with you!

 

Light Can Affect Your Appetite

How fast we eat, how much we eat, our perception of flavour and our choice of food can all be affected by the kind of light we’re exposed to.

In general, we tend to eat more slowly and consume less food when we’re in a dimly lit environment, although we may be tempted to order more unhealthy options. This may be because we feel more relaxed and less alert when the lighting is more subdued.

However, light can affect our taste buds too! In a 2009 study, researchers looked at how different levels of light affected the participants’ preference for a particular wine. Although, they did conclude that the results could have been influenced by the way in which the wine changed colour in the light.

 

Light Up Your Life!

So, as you can see, we need good levels of light to ensure that we feel at our best, and it’s no surprise that we often feel down in the dumps in winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a recognised problem that’s caused by the lack of bright light.

Fortunately, it’s easily treatable with light therapy using specially designed light boxes – but even if you don’t suffer from SAD, it’s a good idea to bring as much light into your life as possible!

4 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Floor Lamp

Floor lamps these days are a designer’s best friend; they are sleek, modern, unique and energy efficient. As such, it’s little wonder that homeowners and interior decorators can’t wait to get their hands on floor lamps when designing the room of their dreams.

 

 

The only thing is, given the large number of styles to choose from, it’s easy to buy something that doesn’t really suit your home and many buyers struggle to determine what it is they should be looking for in a floor lamp to get their perfect match.

Well, that’s what we are here for.

Here are our 3 top tips on choosing the perfect floor lamp for your home:

 

First, decide on the purpose of your floor lamp

The purpose of your floor lamp is going to have a massive impact on the design, type and wattage of the lamp that you choose. For example, if you are simply looking for a floor lamp that is aesthetically pleasing and casts a warm glow over your room, then an upward facing lamp with a warm orange/yellow glow and a low wattage is going to be best for providing the ambience you are looking for.

However, if you are looking for a more practical floor lamp for reading, then you are going to want to get a lamp that casts a good light and that is flexible for movement into the best reading positions.

 

The eye level rule

The height of your floor lamp is essential in where it fits in and you should always measure a space and consider the eye level rule before investing in your floor lamp.

If your lamp is going to be located in a passage way or a kitchen or somewhere that people are going to be standing, then it can be a taller lamp; simply measure from the floor to an average adults eye level and the bottom of the lamp shade or lamp should meet up with it.

A small floor lamp in a room with high ceilings is going to get lost, so it’s important to consider the height, size and space where you are putting your lamp.

 

Make a statement

One of our favourite things about modern floor lamps is that there are so many options for signature lights that make a statement; from hanging lights over the kitchen table to sculptural masterpieces that will simply be the centre of attention to your room.

Remember your décor

It’s always important to keep the rest of your house décor in mind when you are buying a floor lamp. This ensures that your floor lamp will stand out but not clash.

If you live in an old country manor, for example, then you probably shouldn’t invest in a modern, sleek floor lamp that wouldn’t look out of place in a city centre deluxe apartment. If you have a minimalistic, modern household with black marble tops and straight geometric lines, then it’s worth looking into something more slick and stylish.

These are just some of the aspects to keep in mind when you are looking for the perfect floor lamp. We’ve got an exquisite selection of floor lamps to suit any household, simply have a look at our range and contact us if you’d like to know any more about these and our other stylish lights.

 

9 Reasons Why London is Such a Great City to Live In

London is one of the most popular cities to live in in the world, and given what’s on offer, that should hardly come as a surprise. It’s no secret that the city has a massive amount of attractions for people to come to live and work in it for.

 

So, if you’re thinking about relocating to London, we’ve put together 10 reasons why you will absolutely love living in this spectacular city.

 

  1. Work opportunities

London is the world’s epicentre of business and it is home to thousands of global companies and brands that make working in the city truly exciting.  From Dove and Barclays to Lipton and Sky there is no end to the opportunities that lie in wait for those that are looking for a new venture.

In fact, London was recently voted as the world’s most desired place to work, according to the Boston Consulting Group. The city beat competitors such as New York and Paris to claim this coveted titles.

 

  1. Great earning potential

We often hear the tales of how hard it is to survive in a big city and London is notorious for its high prices, especially when it comes to property. Sure, it’s not the cheapest city to live in, but there is also the potential for massive earnings at some of the world’s most coveted workplaces.

The high prices in London are, more often than not, put off by the higher salaries that the city’s residents earn so that’s something to keep in mind.

 

  1. Shopping

If there’s one thing that there really is no shortage of in London, it is world-class shopping. We’re not just talking about shopping centres or malls here either – of which there are hundreds to choose from – but also the weekend and seasonal markets, high-end department stores like Harrods, unique boutique shops and affordable second-hand stores.

No matter what your style is or what your budget is capped at, there is a shopping experience in London for you.

 

  1. A melting pot of cultures

One of our favourite things about London is how multicultural it is. There are over 300 languages spoken in London alone and you’ll find everything from China Town and Little Korea to British Pubs and Senegalese neighbourhoods.

 

  1. A neighbourhood for everyone’s needs

There is a plethora of different neighbourhoods to choose from within London’s bounds. From Wimbledon to Camden and Notting Hill to Croydon, there’s something for everyone. You can find a laid-back hippie neighbourhood, a high-class celebrity-filled street and places for families – all you have to do is do your research and you’ll find something to fit in with your lifestyle and budget.

 

  1. Transport

There’s absolutely no need to own a car in London; the tubes, buses, taxis and other well kept public transport options make it easy to get around London on your own.

 

  1. You’ll always have something to do

The thing about London is that there is always something on, whether it’s sports events such as Wimbledon or the Lion King playing at West End – there is always lots of options for those that like to keep busy.

 

  1. Food, food, glorious food

London is home to some of the world’s best restaurants and many of the globe’s most renowned chefs choose to settle here. From Middle Eastern kebab shops and British fish and chips to fast food chains and fancy gastro dining, there’s not much more than a foodie could ask for in this city.

 

  1. Designers dream

If you’ve got an eye for detail and live for fashion then there simply isn’t a better place to settle than London. Top designers from all over the globe chose to create their base in the city and this doesn’t just refer to clothes, but to interior designers, architects and lighting designers such as our own Christopher Wray too.

 

5 Creative Ways to Use Lighting at Your Boutique Hotel

A light becomes more than a simple light when it’s placed in the right place and illuminates exactly what you need it to.

Lighting at your boutique hotel will have a massive effect on the overall atmosphere and feeling of your place and will enhance the experience for your guests. You want to create a space that gives guests a special feeling when they enter; you want it to be warm, unique and inviting and that stays away from a cold, sterile feel.

Here is how you can use lighting in creative ways in your boutique hotel to make it all the more magical for your guests.

 

  1.        Use more than one kind of lighting fixture in your rooms

Guests come to your property for different reasons and have different agendas while they are there – they could be on a business trip and will be reading documents and papers into the early morning or simply having a romantic weekend away with their significant other.

 

You need to cater to the different needs of your guests that will be staying in the room. Ensure that you have overhead lighting fixtures that can brighten up the whole room, but also provide lamps and other lighting that allow guests to customise their experience and dim where needed.

 

  1.        Light up the nooks and crannies

Many hotel owners make the mistake of overlooking the dark corners and small spaces in their establishment and fail to light them properly. Not only will lighting up these areas make the space look bigger and brighter, but it also ensures that guests won’t trip over in any dark places they might not see.

 

  1.        Natural lighting does wonder

While it’s great to use lighting fixtures and lamps to give your property that extra edge of sophistication, don’t overlook the importance that natural light plays in creating a welcoming environment.

Try and use large windows and overhead glass panels to create a bright environment, particularly in places like the lounge or dining room where people gather to socialise.

 

  1.        Signature lighting

There are most likely parts of your hotel that you particularly love and would love to give a little more attention to. You can use lighting techniques such as up-lighting to highlight the details that you really want your guests to marvel at.

This could be something as large as a spiral staircase or a wonderful piece of art that you are particularly fond of. Use signature lighting to help your favourite bits to pop out to guests when they enter.

 

  1.        A focal point

Not every hotel needs one or can pull it off, but getting a unique and awe-inspiring chandelier or lamp is sure to catch your guests’ attention. Take some time to browse the different kinds of styles and finishes until you find something that will create the most perfect focal point in your space.