Our music room, as you may remember, was almost completely finished last year: the shelving went up, the rug went down, the boxes of CDs and books were emptied and rehoused.
There were however a couple of things which we put on hold until we could amass further inspiration/finance. One was wallpaper for the chimney breast wall, and the other was a statement pendant light.
Because Tim likes large drum-style shades, I bought him this lovely shade from Ikea:
It’s large (59cm diameter) and a warming pinkish red which incidentally fits perfectly with our Kattrup rug:
We also invested in a longer cord to bring the pendant down a little. Lowering your lighting works really well in rooms where you would like to create a gentle atmosphere with light pools rather than a bright flood — which is, granted, functional but can be rather stark. The cord set from Ikea, Sekond, was only £4, and runs to 180cm if you need it. We set the base of our shade just a little higher than the tallest person we know, and despite our high ceilings the room feels instantly cosier when the light is on.
But perhaps the most exciting thing about this new light is this:
The perforated shade creates a fabulous retro pattern on all the walls — who needs wallpaper now?!
We have a warm glow from the central light — reflecting brightly against the copper inside — and the walls are also lit up with images.
With our shelving lighting aglow, the contrasts of light and dark are heightened.
As statement lighting goes, this really does fit the bill. We have created a touch of coppery glamour, some magic lantern inspiration, and instant cosiness at the cost of £35 for a shade.
So, are we done here? Well I still think that this room can take a standard lamp in the corner near the armchair, and possibly a simple desk lamp for focussed work. But we may park the wallpaper plans for a while.