Lighting ideas for functional spaces

How to plan when installing lighting for the hallway, landing, stairs or home office

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For the hallway, landing, stairs or home office, you need to plan carefully when installing lighting, especially if it involves rewiring or creating new wall channels.

Diane Simpson, lighting buyer at John Lewis, says: ‘The starting point for creating a welcoming entrance to your home is always the walls. I see these fixtures as part of the architecture of the house.’

Multulayered stairwell by Kensington AV

Multilayered stairwell

Hiring a professional lighting installation company means the designers will blend different circuits of lighting in an area to make the perfect light level – all with the latest automation controls. This layered scheme mixes picture lights with ambient downlights and wall lights, which accent the rooflight above to stunning effect.

Project by Kensington AV incorporating a mix of downlights and recessed spots

Retro pendant design

Referencing the industrial style of 1950s New York, this pendant will create a striking visual statement in the porch or hallway.

Christophe triple-bulb metal pendant light with a satin finish, H150-300xDia.36cm, £54.99 (bulbs included), My Furniture

Christophe triple-bulb metal pendant light from My Furniture
Noah curved floor lamp from Laura Ashley

Curved solution

If your desk is on the small side, or you want more than just a small task light, then this curved floor lamp is a brilliant alternative and can be customised with a fabric shade.

Large Noah curved floor lamp in a chrome-effect finish, H197.5xW162xL39.5cm, £275; made-to-order drum shade in Mr Jones Dove Grey, H18xDia.25.5cm, from £36, Laura Ashley

Adjustable option

This multifunctional duo wall light is a characterful ambient solution, and as the shade arms can be rotated to face down, it also produces a more focused task light.

Eichholtz Wentworth double lamp, in an aged brass finish with pleated French black drum shades, H25xW33xD25cm, £352, Houseology

Eichholtz Wentworth double lamp from Occa Home

LED contour strip and eyelid under-cupboard lights from John Cullen Lighting

Efficient home office

Wherever you’ve managed to squeeze a study area into your house, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got enough lighting to concentrate. As well as desk task lamps, use low-energy strips and under-cupboard fittings to brighten up the whole space.

LED contour strip, £146 per m; 1W LED Eyelid under-cupboard lights, Dia.5cm, from £77, both John Cullen Lighting

On-trend desk lamp

A modern take on a traditional style, this lamp has a screw fitting at the neck to change the angle of the shade and give focused light just where you need it.

Copper desk lamp with swan-neck design, H44xW27cm, £139, Mia Fleur

MiaFleur copper desk lamp

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