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We caught up with Karen Thomas, M&S’s head of homeware design, to discover her top tips for how to illuminate your space in style

Lighting trend: neutral tones and earthy textures

“Natural materials continue to be a focus in lighting, driven by an appreciation of hand-craft techniques. Bring natural elements into the home with raw-looking materials and tactile surfaces, such as rattan and ceramic.

“Our wooden beaded chandelier light creates a focal point, while the mixture of wood combined with an antique brass finish offers a contemporary take on ceiling lighting. Add a casual touch to any room with our rattan-base table lamp, which comes with an understated linen shade and smart-looking fabric cord. Layering your lighting adds natural shadows and creates a bohemian feel with natural forms and finishes.”

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Rattan-base table lamp
Nod to summer with this rattan design
Beaded ceiling pendant light
A pendant light creates a focal point
Large linen drum lightshade
Made with real linen for an authentic look
Wooden floor lamp with a rattan shade
Brighten any room with a floor lamp

Lighting trend: vintage-inspired designs

“Look for reimagined classic lighting and contemporary takes on original designs from the 1960s and 1970s. Our Agnes pendant light features a sage-green milk glass shade and satin-brass metalwork to bring vintage charm to the home. Alternatively, the Pixie pendant light adds a more minimalist feel and creates a diffused glow. Hang it above your dining table to bring ambience to family gatherings. Awareness of proportions is key to creating a cosy nook with lighting. Pairing simple drop pendants with statement table lamps will create a softly lit reading corner with a sophisticated feel.”

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Wire-base table lamp with green shade
Experiment with bold pops of colour
White frilled glass Pixie pendant lamp
A delicately frilled glass design
Glass-base table lamp with pleated linen shade
Pleated linen meets a clear glass base
Light green glass Agnes pendant lamp
Illuminates your home in vintage style

Lighting trend: contemporary glamour

“Reinvigorated heritage designs with indulgent embellishment and surface work bring tactility to lighting. Combine ombré metallic and antique mercury finishes with plush velvet to create atmosphere in your living space. For a statement look, choose our ombré table lamp, which features a metallic painted glass base with a plush velvet lampshade. Up the ante by teaming with our striking Isabelle pendant light for a reimagined Edwardian townhouse feel.”

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Luna LED cluster pendant light
Wow guests as they enter your home
Grey ombré glass table lamp
High-shine finishes make an impact
Isabelle chandelier pendant light
The fast-track to modern opulence
Large mercury glass table lamp
Look for striking mercury-effect glass

Words: Dulcie Emerson

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