To buy bulk, or not to buy bulk? That is the question.
Alright - so it’s not the most famous question, but it’s a pretty important one, particularly when it comes to lighting. How many wall lights do you need? One, two - maybe three? What lighting goes well with what? How should you arrange your pieces to get the most out of them - having them complement each other without taking any attention away from either?
We take a look at some of the things you should consider when buying multiple lights: which styles work together, and which don’t. Here’s our rules of thumb…
When it comes to wall lanterns, it can take two to tango.
In most cases, we think that wall lanterns make the best impression when they come as a pair, where they can create warm, glowing symmetry on either side of your door or window, instead of just highlighting one side or part.
It’s often, additionally, best to pick two of the same lantern - two of our Louvre French exterior wall lights create a great, gothic effect when framing a dark doorway or shuttered windows, for instance.
However, don’t feel like you can’t mix and match pairings around your house - different sets of wall lanterns working in collaboration creates a lovely eclectic look, and gives visitors a lot to admire. Something like our Victorian style copper lantern works really well with our Victorian style black lantern, or our wall mounted Victorian copper lantern looks great with our French brass wall lantern.
However, when picking different sets to work together, it can be better to keep one feature between them the same - so, the same style of lantern, the same size or the same colour. This helps them blend together more smoothly, while maintaining their unique differences.
Place the two sets far enough away from each other so as not to make your walls look too ‘busy’, but close enough so that visitors can see them working together - around the two most opposite windows on the front of your house, for instance. A lovely, dramatic effect.
Your stately lampposts stand tall on their own.
A lamppost doesn’t need to come in a set - they stand tall (literally) and make comment all on their own.
Instead of thinking of the quantity of lampposts you need, therefore, you can simply concentrate on which style best fits your home’s decor - do you want to create a gothic, royal or Parisian effect with your chosen post, for instance? The choice is yours - make style, not quantity, your priority.
However, if you did want to have multiple lampposts, you could, again, go for the ‘symmetrical’ look by placing them on opposing sides of your path, porch or doorway.
We’d recommend, in this instance, that you choose a lamppost with just one lantern, as opposed to multiple (multiple-headed lanterns suit standalone purposes more neatly), to make sure your arrangement isn’t too crowded.
Remember - lampposts are lavish to begin with, hence, they pack a punch on their own.
You can mix and match with ornate pieces.
For your garden or porch, a kooky mix of floor-based and wall lighting can create terrific visual effects.
Lighting really has the ability to make a unique picture, and there can be some truly outstanding combinations depending on your space and style. Pop into our showroom for guidance on this front if you want to try our thinking caps on for size!).
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Ultimately, your choices will depend on a myriad of little factors.
Your space, style, desired impression and character all come into play when choosing lighting, and when choosing the amount you wish to buy.
If you’ve got your heart set on one, and one alone, you needn’t worry - you won’t be hard-pressed in maximising its assets. Lights don’t need to be complemented by other lights - they can equally be complemented by your garden furniture or home’s architecture. Sure, occasionally (with wall lights in particular) we believe that there’s strength in numbers - but it’s all about your taste, at the end of the day. So where shall we start?
(Some of GA’s lighting put to work!)
Got a lovely lighting arrangement of your own to show us? Feel free to share your pictures and thoughts over at GA’s Facebook or Twitter page, or pop us an email at email@example.com if you’re curious to know more.