Dim the lights….

One of my favourite bloggers Abigail Ahern wrote a great post recently about finishing touches..among the points she made was the fact that a room with “less than four lamps in it will have personality issues”! I couldn’t agree more….in my opinion, I think  too few lamps and overhead lighting are  a couple of the biggest decorating mistakes made in most homes, and among the easiest to fix…

image via http://www.houzz.com/
image via http://www.houzz.com/

Most people, through lack of other options I think,  tend to use their overhead lighting rather than search for suitable table lamps which create mood and atmosphere. Here in Dubai, most rented apartments or houses come with standard (aka hideous) generic lights, clearly bought in a bulk order and sourced for the most cost effective option. If you are lucky enough to purchase your own property, you get a wire with a light bulb hanging from the ceiling! And this option seems to stay there until someone decides to change the status quo…

There are numerous fabulous options available in the market now and I honestly feel there is no excuse  not to  have decent overhead lights and , if your budget does not stretch to that, then certainly a few table lamps , which would allow you to ignore the overhead light and create a cosy, inviting mood with low-level lighting.

image via http://www.houzz.com/
image via http://www.houzz.com/

My suggestion would be to purchase good lamps in a classic style which would not date and then dot a few “trendy” lamps around which can be purchased fairly reasonably from stores which specialise in that sort of thing. Once the look of the lamp is no longer current, you will not feel awful getting rid of it!

image via http://www.houzz.com/

image via http://www.houzz.com/

The gourd lamp seems to be really popular right now and works with most styles whether you have eclectic taste or much more classic taste…..in a contemporary interior, you could use the lamp in a fun, bright colour…perhaps a turquoise or yellow? In a more traditional interior you could use  the same lamp in  a white or off white with a smart black shade….

image via http://www.houzz.com/
image via http://www.houzz.com/

Whichever shape or colour appeals to you and your decorating style, the message is simple…the more the merrier ,and the better the mood and ambiance of your room will be.

(Some great sources for lamp in Dubai :Medium to High end: Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel , West Elm, Budget friendly: Homes R Us and Home Centre.)

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