This month we’re all about living gently. Soft lighting required! For that, and so much more, we love the local online store Palmy Living, where you’ll find curated, locally designed decor and furniture items all carefully selected to help you create a space worth escaping to. The names of the collections – A Slow Life, A Day in Africa – should give you an idea of what you’ll find … statement pieces for people looking to create a glorious, intentional lifestyle. Palmy Living’s headed up by husband and wife duo Johann (engineer, product designer, practical thinker) and Cara-Ann (creative, strategist, dreamer) Potgieter. One of the latest additions to the collection is The Sculptural River Lamp – functional art at its best. Dreamed up and designed by the talented Maria Magdalena Atelier, who was inspired by African rivers, it was created by Palmy Living in collaboration with ceramic artist Corinne de Haas, and is a limited edition, proudly South African collector’s piece. It’s not for the timid … all feminine lines and standing tall at 75cm, it costs R6325.
LIGHT UP YOUR HOME
Lighting sets a mood
Make sure you select the right lighting by looking at form and function. When setting the mood, you should consider the shapes of the light, the shadows, the extent of light and of course the colour of the lamp design. It all helps to create a specific atmosphere. Add more atmosphere by adding candles to your room lighting.
Lighting gives dimension to your room
In a room, we need to have elements that create space and dimension. When we include lamps and hanging pendants, these elements lend interesting dimensions to your room.
Lighting provides interesting focus areas
A room should have various focus points that draw the eye and create areas of interest. When we have a home that focuses on different shades of neutral, these focus points become more important. So then, you’ll be looking for texture, height, and shades of the same colour.
TIPS FOR SELECTING THE RIGHT LIGHTING
Look at heights: Lighting at various heights creates interesting focal points. But when you have an open plan design, connecting two-to-three rooms, you should try to keep the lighting from the roof the same height. You can create dimensions by adding lamps and even candles for interest.
Select the right colours: Create a core colour palette for your home. This will help you to develop rooms that complement each other … you can then select lights that fall within your chosen colour palette.
Keep it interesting, yet consistent: While shapes, colours and contours can add interesting features to your lighting, it’s important to keep some consistency in either style, trend or colour.
Choose the right bulbs: Make sure your lighting is soft and the right colour for your room. Do you like a white light, or do you want to create a mood with warmer yellow lights? You can also get interesting bulbs that become a feature element to your light … large and oversized bulbs with interesting wiring which bring an element of design into your home.
Shades and form: Keep in mind how the shape of the shade or light will look in your room and where it will be placed. Shapes can offer interesting features to your home. Find lighting with different shapes and sizes to create a beautifully designed space.