Blog posts of '2019' 'March'

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.



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 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.



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.