Lighting is such a crucial element in any situation.
We finally took down the old 6 foot fluorescent tubes, and replaced them with a variety of light fittings with a vintage, rustic or industrial vibe.
pendant light – kitchen
rope lights above breakfast bar
Various bulbs available to fit rope lights
pool table light (second hand from Preloved)
Pool table light with shades from Ebay
industrial wall lights (Ebay) I bought 6 from mjknobsandknockers
The lights do not come with any wiring. I tried using twisted fabric flex as I thought it would look vintage, but it kept fraying at the ends which made attaching the wires to the bulb holder rather difficult, so I gave up and used plastic coated flex instead, in a gold colour. It looks fine, and you only see a few inches of it, but for pendant lamps where quite a lot of the flex is visible, I have noticed recently that you can now buy twisted flex ready wired to a bulb holder, some with a removable plug at the end, in a variety of colours and even some with Bakelite ceiling fittings, (if you are old enough to remember) which would make wiring a lot easier and really adds to the vintage look.
I have used one of these fittings for this lovely Moroccan lamp which I have just bought for the bedroom, from Ebay. Flex from Ebay. Chain from B&Q. This Moroccan style goes nicely with the bedside lights, and I have now added Moroccan corner shelves, which you can see on my furniture page, to add to the ethnic theme.
Bedside lamp, one of a pair.
Moroccan lanterns, a present from my sister
Owl lampshade from The Range.
Lamp Base from B&Q
Outside Lamp with inbuilt sensor from B&Q
Of course, you can’t beat Nature’s own lighting effects. We are blessed with fabulous sunsets…
A “supermoon” shining through the roof window on a rainy night.