I downsized last year and now live in a sixties bungalow with generous windows and lots of well-thought out storage. Floor space, however, is at a premium so I have done away with lamps in favour of the wall light; an item which has, until now, been entirely absent from my life. And what a revelation it has been – forget those apologetic sconces designed to fade into the background, wall lights can be every bit as show-stealing as a pendant or a lamp. And, as the following list of top five places to use them proves, they are super-adaptable too. (When it comes to positioning, remember, you want to see the shade not the blub, so make sure the top of the shade is at eye level.)
1) Over a desk
We all know there’s no such thing as a paper-less office or a tidy desk, so make yourself some extra space by fixing your work light to the wall.
2) Beside your bed
A wall-mounted bedside light not means you can do away with the bedside cabinet, it also gives you two lights in one: rotate the shade towards you when you want to read, then tilt it away to create a warm, ambient glow.
3) Above an art work or collection of objects
A spot light positioned above a wall-hung art work or a collection of objects will create a focal point. (Be careful with glass fronted pictures though – unless reflections are what you’re looking for.)
4) In a dingy corner
A beautiful wall light can transform a dark spot. Go for something sculptural in a pop of fresh colour.
Type 75™ Wall Light (£90) - Pictured
Type 1228™ Wall Light (£100)
5) In the kitchen
A mounted lamp around the kitchen worktop looks great and provides brilliant task light. When you’re done chopping, you can change the mood by rotating lamp.
Duo 1227™ Wall Mounted Lamp (£180) - Pictured
Original 1227™ Brass Wall Mounted Lamp (£235)
Words: Charlotte Abrahams, writer, curator and co-editor of the Selected Journal.