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While most of us crave larger living spaces, having a home with tons of space can bring its own disadvantages. Large, open areas can leave us feeling exposed and even vulnerable, affecting our sleep and make our homes feel colder than they should. Here are some ideas to help make a large space feel much more comfortable and cosy: For homes with very high ceilings, feelings of cold and hearing echoes can make a room feel less inviting than you want...

When thinking about Italian art, most of us tend to imagine the great names of Renaissance Italy – da Vinci, Michelangelo, Boticelli, Donatello, Titian and Raphael. While these artists were responsible for some of the world’s most awe-inspiring and beautiful artworks, they by no means represent the end of Italian art as something that happened that a long time ago. There are many examples of a continuous flow of creativity, design and style to emanate from the country, from the...

You might be surprised at how important the correct lighting installation for buildings really is. Have you ever heard of architectural lighting design? It’s a combination of different fields including electrical engineering, interior design and architecture. Whilst it isn’t necessary to be an expert in any of these fields when it comes to choosing your perfect lighting installation, it is still a fascinating subject to shed light on – pardon the pun! Architectural lighting design is the process of creating the...

Choosing the right style of chandelier for your home is a big decision. It’s a light fitting that will make a big impact and statement about your décor and style. Whether you want to add vintage glamour or a contemporary twist on a classic, there are various different attention-grabbing styles to consider. Chandeliers have been lighting up ceilings for centuries, fascinating, inspiring and bewitching beholders with their intricate beauty and reflective qualities. Here are some of the styles that are...

There are some places that you just wouldn’t imagine hanging a chandelier. When you hear the word, it conjures up images of French palaces and huge ballrooms, but probably not your bathroom! You might be surprised however, as we look at the myriad of possibilities when it comes to chandelier placement. So, you’re looking for a statement lighting fixture but don’t want to install something that seems over-powering or that will dominate a space? It is important to understand that in...

If you’re looking for a bespoke modern crystal chandelier then you certainly won’t need to worry about the cost of lighting it or imagine that it must have candles sitting in it! Modern chandeliers come with LED light bulbs, which have been called the future of lighting. LED bulbs use a fraction of the energy that older incandescent bulbs do. They also last a lot longer and provide instant brightness when switched on, with no warming up period. You might have...

The magnificence and glamour of chandeliers is something that inspires people the whole world over. The beautiful light fittings have even made several entries into the Guinness Book of World Records. Here are some of the record-setting chandeliers that have wowed and inspired awe across the world: The World’s Largest Outdoor Chandelier In Playhouse Square, Cleveland Ohio, the largest outdoor chandelier was constructed on 30th April 2014. It stands at 20 feet tall with a diameter of 17 feet and is on...

When you hear the word ‘chandelier’, you probably picture a colossal creation, dripping with crystals and hanging in a grand opera house somewhere. You probably don’t immediately picture one in your kitchen! Well, here are some fantastic reasons why you should keep an open mind about both traditional and contemporary chandeliers for sale, and where they can be placed: Kitchens used to be all about function and while they do still have an important function to serve, these days there is...

We are surrounded every day by objects and processes that we don’t often give much thought to. One such process is that of light. You might have heard various scientific terms in relation to light, but do you really know what they mean? Terms such as ‘electromagnetic wave’ are bandied about but unless you can remember everything you learned in high school science class, it’s not going to mean much to you. Here we look at what makes the magic...

When you’re in the market for new and stylish lighting for your home, there are three main types of lighting to choose from. Choosing the right kind will greatly depend on what you do in that area. Will you be relaxing, showing off an amazing piece of art or reading a novel? Ambient or General Lighting This is the most common form of lighting in homes and consists of a warm, soft light that provides just enough to see clearly without any...