How often do you enter a newly renovated house and see that the only lighting people have are lightbulbs attached to electrical wires from the wall?
Probably the most overlooked element in home decoration, lighting is actually much more important than you think.
It can play as a focal point for any room, it can add warmth and ambiance, it can even set the mood for a cosy evening or get everyone energised for group activities.
Below are some of our top picks for lighting fixtures that scream statement.
The Arco floor lamp by Flos
Designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1962, this is probably the most featured lamp to date, you can find it in almost any interior design magazine or brochure. It also makes appearance in countless movies and TV shows.
The leg is made of marble, the curved stem is adjustable, the reflector is made of aluminium with cut out pattern at the base, offering both direct and indirect light.
This lamp is perfect as a focal point for your living room or dining room.
The Octo 4240 by Secto Design
Make no mistake, this lamp is large! But it’s also airy and elegant. Despite its size, this lamp can fit into any space and will instantly become a conversation starter piece.
It’s handmade from birch wood and you can choose from 4 different colours (natural, white, black or walnut).
Scraplights by Graypants
Handcrafted from cardboard, each lamp shade is cut by laser and assembled by hand, using non-toxic adhesive. The lights are then treated with a layer of fire retardant. And the cardboard ridges allow the light to be distributed beautifully throughout the room.
Scraplights come in various sizes and shapes. You can hang them together to create multi-dimensional-outer-space vibes.
The Skygarden 2 from Flos
Designed by Marcel Wanders, the Skygarden was inspired by an antique decorated plaster ceiling in one of his previous homes.
From the outside, the lamp is quite modern with glossy finish. The surprise however is on the inside, which shows intricate details including leaves, flowers and branches. This lamp is the perfect blend of modern and classic.
Beat pendant lamp by Tom Dixon
Made of solid brass, the Beat lamps are painted black on the exterior, which creates a dramatic contrast to the glowing warm golden interior.
These lamps come in various sizes and shapes. It’s best to mix and match them together to create a dramatic statement.