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How to light multi-use rooms

If you own a small flat, or live and work from home, one of the best ways to save space is to create multi-function rooms, using furniture and lighting in clever ways. Dining tables can double up as desks, and sofas can transform into guest beds. Using two or more styles of lighting in the same area can change the feel of the room in an instant; for kitchens and dining rooms, opt for a bright chandelier directly over a seating area for extra light, with minimal spotlights for a romantic glow in the evening.

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Choosing the right light for bedrooms

As you wind down in the evening, it’s important to create a relaxing atmosphere ready for sleep. In a bedroom, this means soft lighting, so a table lamp is a great choice. Choose a shaded style to diffuse strong light, or opt for one of our touch lamps, designed to produce different levels of brightness for reading and relaxing. If you’re struggling for space, why not switch things up with a set of wall lights? 

For kids’ bedrooms, add a little fun to bedtimes with a string of fairy lights, gently arranged around shelves and headboards.

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Get ready to entertain with dining room lighting

Whether you’re cooking a mid-week meal or planning an extra-special dinner for friends, create the perfect ambience for day or night with a statement pendant light. Pendant lights are perfect for brightening up a dining space, and they can make a real style statement too. From deco-inspired crystals to industrial bulbs with woven cords, explore 100s of designs at Next, including easy-fit pendant shades or pendant sets that can be hung or arranged to suit your space. Top tip: Let a pendant light hang lower over a dining table for a more intimate feel.

How to light up living rooms

Friday-night film nights, Sunday snoozes and coffee with friends; we use our living rooms for many different pastimes, and it's something to remember when choosing your lighting. Floor lamps are a very useful tool in busy areas because they can be positioned behind sofas and armchairs to save space. If you want to light up dark corners, choose a table or desk lamp with a small base to fit easily onto shelves and bookcases. For a little extra height, swap your ceiling shade for a flush-fitting ceiling light; designed to fit closer to the ceiling itself, they can create the illusion of height in smaller rooms.

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Using light to create a bright office space

If you spend a lot of time staring at a screen, getting the lighting right around desks and temporary workspaces is really important; brighter areas can help to reduce eye strain, headaches and fatigue. A desk lamp is a must for long office days; take a look at our styles with adjustable arms that can be positioned depending on the level of natural light in the room. If you're still at your desk at night, add a little extra light to home offices and spare rooms with ceiling spotlights or a ceiling pendant.

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Adding light to your garden

Whether it’s a warm summer evening or a festive winter night, outdoor lighting can turn your garden into a beautiful setting for relaxing and entertaining. Here at Next, you can find a range of lighting solutions for every type of outdoor space, from city-centre balconies to wide country terraces. Make use of your walls with metal lights and strings of festoon lights, or create a romantic feel with candles, lanterns and firepits.

As well as being incredibly stylish, well-placed Outdoor lighting can be functional too. Use bright LED lighting to illuminate dark pathways, garage areas and outbuildings.

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Which light bulb should I buy?

When buying a new light, it’s important to double-check which type of light bulb you'll need. Here are a few points you might want to consider:

What type of light do you have?

Classic GLS (General Lamp Service) bulbs will fit most pendants and large table lamps, however, candle bulbs and golf ball bulbs will fit better in chandeliers, tall lamps and clear glass light fittings.

How bright do you want the light to be? 

The higher the wattage, the brighter the light. For a softer glow, look for suitable light bulbs with a lower wattage; if you have a glass shade, opt for a clear bulb or retro bulb for an eye-catching finish.

How often will you use the light?

If you will use your light for an extended period of time choose a long-lasting LED bulb or an energy-saving light bulb to save you money.

So, ready to brighten up your home? Bathe every room in a warm golden glow with the Next lighting collection. Explore a huge range of beautiful styles for living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and more, with 100s of luxury styles brought to you by the biggest names in home design, from Searchlight and Gallery Direct to Laura Ashley and Pacific. There’s all this and more, including easy-fit lampshades, light bulbs and dimmer switches.

From large home furniture to small decorative accessories, show off your sense of style with the Next Home collection, featuring beautiful pieces at affordable prices.

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