May 2018

If you absolutely adore chandeliers and all manner of ornate, beautiful lighting, then you really need to visit the Palace of Versailles just outside Paris, France. This is probably one of the most amazing examples of glorious lighting in the world and can be found in the Hall of Mirrors. The Hall of Mirrors is one of the most renowned rooms of the palace. It is 73m long and holds a ceiling adorned with the most wonderful paintings by Le Brun,...

Designers and artists have long known the secrets of how colour can affect emotions and moods. Each individual colour has a different effect on the way we feel as found by the study of Chromotherapy, also known as colour therapy. Chromotherapy studies the effects of colours on the human body and in particular, for helping and treating physical ailments. It is believed that depending on where in the body the problem lies, a certain colour can be used to improve it. The...

The desire to improve our interior spaces can be either from necessity or simply because you want to. Perhaps you are thinking about the long-term value of your home or simply want to enjoy pleasant, attractive surroundings in your residence. Choosing a statement lighting fitting is one way in which to transform the look and feel of a room and it’s exciting to choose that design. Whether you’re looking to breathe fresh life into an existing décor or completely overhauling...

If you own a home with a vaulted ceiling, it might well have been this that you fell in love with and convinced you to buy your current property. A vaulted ceiling can take your breath away, adding elegance and grandeur. However, such openness requires a different approach to decorating and décor choices. Here are some decorating tips for getting the most from your beautiful vaulted ceiling: Choose the best colour The paint colour you choose for such a striking feature will...

These days you can hang a chandelier in any room of the house. No longer are they the preserve of formal dining areas or grand hallways. Now you can enjoy the ambience and grandeur of special lighting designed for any room of the home. They don’t have to be a fussy, ornate design either, with many contemporary styles available featuring modern materials and LED bulbs. One of the best places for special mood lighting is in the bedroom. Here you can...

The lighting that you choose for your home will reflect your personal tastes and you’ll want it to be appreciated by guests by becoming a focal point to a hallway, dining room or living room ceiling. A chandelier is the perfect choice for statement lighting and can be as modern or as traditional as you like, as blended or as contrasting as you desire. There are a large variety of designs and styles to choose from, all adding something special...

We can all appreciate that some light fittings can be considered as art. The craftsmanship and expertise that has gone into creating such intricate and stunning pieces is the very definition of art. There is a new form of art taking the world by storm known as “Light Art”. It’s an exciting and vibrant expression that’s growing in popularity among artists across the world. It has become so much easier to incorporate light art into all kinds of everyday activities...

If you love history, grandeur and beauty, then you should visit one of the world’s grandest mosques in Oman. The Sultan Qaboos Mosque takes over the skyline of Muscat and the inside holds some wonderful sights too. For chandelier lovers everywhere, inside this mosque you’ll find what was once the world’s largest chandelier before others came to measure it and build bigger ones for new mosques. What was once the Guinness Book of Records biggest chandelier weighs in at an...

Those craftsmen and women designing and making chandeliers today have a wonderful history of lighting design to draw inspiration from. Mid 20th century chandeliers are hugely popular and adorn the ceilings of many a home around the world. The pleasing designs featuring curvy silhouettes and interesting geometric patterns arrived on the scene in post-war Europe and the United States as new and innovative materials and technology became available. Yes, there is still much love and desire for the 19th century style...

Egyptian crystal is among some of the most beautiful in the world. It has a long history too, with many varieties being used thousands of years ago for much more than adornment alone. The Ancient Egyptians used crystals right through their lives as they believed in their healing properties. Today, as we gaze in awe at the stunning chandelier lights made from finest Egyptian crystal, we can understand that spiritually those crystals held great significance for ancient peoples. Some crystals were...