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Night lights: how to cosy up this winter

Picture it: the night draws in and you’re snuggled up in your favourite throw, but that bright overhead lighting is ruining the mood. How to go from harsh glare to cosy glow? Read on for our top tips.

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1. Achieve balance

When it comes to lighting, it’s all about balance. Your main source of light is likely a ceiling pendant – avoid anything too bright by picking a design with smoked bulbs, like Globe. Next up, dot some lamps around the room. Austin has a small footprint (great in petite spaces) and is perfect for lighting up that reading corner, while Collet will sit pretty on your side table.

2. Shine on

Woven shades cast elegant shadows thanks to their cutout design. Give Hector, Yen or Sagres a go, and you’ll also be nailing this season’s natural trend. A fan of colour? Check out our Illaria collection – the mouth-blown glass spheres cast dreamy rainbow refractions, and you can pick from both floor and ceiling options in a range of colourways. 

3. Focus on: fabric

The key to creating a cosy ambience is to avoid lighting that's too harsh – fabric shades are a great option here because they diffuse the light, and come in different shapes, colours and materials to suit any style. Want something unique to you? You can create your own lamp using a base like Qasim or Helmer, and mixing it with one of Porto’s four linen shade options for a fresh, laid-back look.

4. Pick a hero piece

A statement lamp will really light up the mood. Industrial aficionados will love Maxie’s architectural silhouette. Nordic vibes more your thing? Then meet Amada. The matte black and antique brass oozes Scandi sophistication. For those who prefer things a little more luxe, Wanda’s got it covered – with its star-shaped design and frosted LED bulbs, you’ll have your very own milky way at home. Far out.

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