Lighting a home is as easy as flipping a switch, but shopping for well-designed lighting on a budget? Well, it’s an uphill battle.
First, think carefully about your lighting needs.
Consider how the living spaces in your homes are used — eating, working, reading, watching television and so on — and the lighting requirements will naturally follow.
The task is then to layer lighting in each room to add warmth and functionality. Stay with us: good lighting is worth it.
Home lighting ideas: string lights
Globe lights are a major trend. These grown up string lights are a modern home favourite, adding playfulness and ambiance inside and out. Now you can get the look — 27 feet in fact — for just a smidge over £20. Dress up a back garden, entertaining space or hallway with a festive touch.
Fairy lights add such a cosy feel that it’s a shame to restrict them to Christmas.
These no fuss fairy curtain lights transform any dinner party or night at home into something enchanting.
Home lighting ideas: table lights
RANARP Work Lamp
Ikea saves the day with this incredibly chic and functional work lamp.
Great atop desks, bedside tables, or reading chairs, the Raskog is a mere £30. Ikea offers RANARP in black and white with gold accents as a floor lamp, wall or clamp spotlight and pendant lamp.
Brompton Table Lamp
For an understated yet sophisticated home lighting ideas, look to unexpected materials.
This smart table lamp from Next features a sizable glass base with brass finish details and a warm neutral lampshade. Natural and contemporary, but far from ordinary.
Sian Elin Rosette Lampshade
Hand drawn by artist Sian Elin, this Eastern and Scandinavian mid-century inspired lampshade features an eye-catching pattern.
This geometric Rosette drum lampshade is perfectly suited for Scandi style living.
Sian Elin (small £34, large £82)
Home lighting ideas: floor lights
House by John Lewis Brandon Floor Lamp, Black
Sleek and straightforward, introduce this floor lamp to your favourite reading area.
Home lighting ideas: ceiling lights
Dark Rattan Pendant Light Shade
Bring in boho vibes with this rattan lightshade. Match it with an abundance of houseplants to complete the look.
Harmony Small Ribbon Ceiling Light
When it comes to harsh lighting, ceiling lights are the worst offenders.
But fear not, this ribboned John Lewis lamp is a lavish piece on its own. Wrapped in bronze ribboned linen chintz covered plastic, the effect is that of a glowing orb.
Green Faux Leaf Lights
Trust Primark to provide a bit of decór for just a fiver.
These faux green leaf lights add a botanical touch strung across a bed frame or festooned on a mirror.
Pineapple String Lights
Pineapples are a historical status symbol and, now, a popular piece of millennial decor.
Take it up a notch with these glimmering copper pineapple string lights for a playfully tropical bit of light.
Gold flamingo table light
English fashion and interior designer Mathew Williamson and Debenhams teamed up for a range of homewares big on bold designs but not too dear in price. This gold flamingo table light is eccentric, yes, but for pure maximalism? We love it.
Home lighting ideas: kids lights
Small Neon Rainbow Light
This little neon light is a hit for the littles. Kids will get a kick out of this fluorescent and fun rainbow light in nurseries and playrooms.
Desert Fleur Lampshade from Sian Elin
Another creation from artist Sian Elin, but perfectly envisioned for a child’s bedroom.
Hand drawn flora and geometrics, this lampshade is part of Elin’s American Folk collection combining South American folk art with 1930s Scandinavian modern design. It features a lush, botanical pattern with a nod to the Arts and Crafts movement.
Mini LED Origami Dinosaur Night Light,
Have a dinosaur lover on your hands? These origami dinosaur night lights will scare any and all monsters away.
Gin bottle light
A DIY bottle light is just a pack of battery-powered fairy lights away.
Just tuck a mini string of lights inside your bottle of choice. If you’re equipped with a power drill, then drill a small hole to hide the battery pack for easy access.