M&S lighting does high end style at high street prices. We approve

This isn't just lighting... it's M&S lighting

M&S lighting: contemporary grey living room
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Oh hello, M&S lighting. You've certainly taken us by surprise. Super stylish, pretty affordable and with that sophisticated, high-end feel that we wouldn't *necessarily* expect from Marks and Sparks, we've already loaded up our online shopping baskets with a variety of goodies guaranteed to light up our lives (good one, eh). 

And being the kind people we are, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to share a few of our favourite finds with you. Yep, it's pretty hard being this generous sometimes. 

So, whether you're looking around your tired living room and wishing for something, anything, that will make it that little bit nicer (seriously a warm glow works wonders on pretty much any space), or you're just here for a nose, we'd be rather surprised if you left empty handed. 

Browse our favourite M&S lighting ideas below, then find more inspiration with our stylish living room lighting gallery. 

Like the look of the lamps above? Shop the Capri Large Table Lamp, and for a similar floor lamp try the Leda Task Floor Lamp, both available at M&S. 

1. Don't limit office lamps to the office

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M&S lighting in well styled living room

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Perfect for giving your living room an industrial feel, office lamps in trendy finishes (how do you feel about copper?) certainly shouldn't be limited to the office. Pair them with a minimal, stripped back scheme for a look that packs a punch. Find this trendy Task Lamp at M&S.

2. Embrace mixed metals

M&S lighting: living room with open shelving

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Gone are the days when mixing metals – either with jewellery or homewares – was a mortal sin. In fact, combining golds and silvers as part of your scheme can be a great way to add depth and interest to your space. And when home accessories are as gorgeous as these, why would you not?!

This Leaning Tripod Floor Lamp has a pretty unique shape – quite unlike anything we've really seem before – and would make the perfect spot for curling up with a good book and a cuppa/glass of red. The mirror we know you're all checking out? Unfortunately it's sold out, but this Round Mini Sunburst Metal Wall Mirror is a pretty sweet alternative. 

3. Use candles to set the mood

M&S lighting in contemporary living room

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Perfect for setting the mood – either for an evening of unwinding or a steamy night with your other half – candles are possibly one of the greatest light sources going. Why? Well, when it comes to gentle lighting that makes everything (and everyone) look a little warmer and softer, they really can't be beaten. 

This Large Classic Lantern is a safe – perfect for those who anticipate things getting a little raucous – and stylish way to house candles. Plus, it will give your space the boho vibes we know you're desperate for.

4. Consider a chandelier for that traditional – and super romantic – look

M&S lighting: traditional living room

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Nothing says romance quite like a chandelier. And this Faye 5 Light Chandelier is as glitzy as it gets – especially at such a low price point. And when we say low price point, we mean £115 kind of low. If you're on the hunt for luxury without the luxury price tag, don't look much further than this stunner. 

5. Go bold with a gorgeous designer dupe

M&S lighting: beaded lighting

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Remember that Abigail Ahern dupe we spotted at Next? Well, we've found another inspired piece at M&S. Big trend for winter? We think so.

The Margot Floor Lamp it's all kinds of dramatic, eccentric, gothic and romantic. And guess what? It can be yours for just £114.50. If that's not a bargain, we don't know what is. Check out the original Mud Beaded Chandelier by Abigail Ahern and tell us this isn't a pretty cracking dupe.

6. Use lighting to create zones in an open plan living room

M&S lighting: open plan living room dining room

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With so many of us opting for open plan living spaces, we couldn't miss the opportunity to share a bit of open plan lighting inspo. We'd recommend using pendant lighting – how stunning is the Glass House Lantern Ceiling Pendant? – to create zones that feel intimate and separate to the rest of your space.

7. Choose lighting with a distinctly art deco feel

M&S lighting: art deco inspired lighting

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Art deco, you either love it or hate it. Us?  We can't get enough of the Gatsby vibes. Far from being your simple table lamp, this Cain Table Lamp floods this space with interest, character and light (obviously). Pair with this equally gorgeous (and aptly named) Carraway Drinks Cabinet for a look that takes the best bits of the prohibition era and leaves out the worse. Cheers.

Emily Shaw

Emily first (temporarily) joined the Real Homes team while interning on her summer break from university. After graduating, she worked on several publications before joining Real Homes as Staff Writer full time in mid-2018. She left the brand in 2020 to pursue another career, but still loves a second-hand bargain and sourcing unique finds to make her rented flat reflect her personality.