How to Make an Impact with Decorative Traditional Lighting

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How to Make an Impact with Decorative Traditional Lighting

Light fixtures don't always have to be subtle and fade into the background - traditional lighting can also serve as a focal point. Decorative light fixtures make a big impression and are great for wowing guests.

All over the world, some of the best hotels use lighting to create a glamorous, breathtaking interior and to impress their clientele. Dramatic ceiling lighting, such as an elaborate multi-tiered crystal chandelier will often be one of the first things you see as you enter the hotel reception area.

Not all home owners are fortunate to have a home with a hallway spacious enough to accommodate a grand chandelier, but there are other ways to use traditional lighting in your interior. Here's Angelo's brief guide on how to make an impact with decorative period lighting.

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Of course, if you do have a large, open hallway with high ceilings and traditional features, then a crystal chandelier will make a big impact. Multi-tiered traditional chandeliers look stunning and will enhance a prime feature of the hallway, such as a sweeping staircase or marble flooring. Angelo's have a fantastic range of hallway lighting including Asfour crystal, Swaroski crystal, Bohemian and coloured crystal chandeliers, that will add more grandeur to this space.

For an alternative eye-catching effect, brass chandeliers are less dramatic, but have an understated elegance. Choose from antique brass, highly polished brass or brass chandeliers with drop crystals. Other splendid chandeliers that will make the most of this area include classic, Venetian style chandeliers that grace many a grand palace or large, country estate property.

If you have a smaller hallway, you can add beauty to this space with decorative traditional wall lighting. Another way of brightening this area is with a stunning hall lamp with a crystal drop design or beautifully sculptured stem. Lighting fixtures are often a work of art in their own right and the right choice of decorative traditional lighting will astound your guests.

Sitting Room

The sitting room is one of the busiest areas of the home and decorating this with the right lighting is uplifting, and will make the most of this space. Layering lighting is vital in this space and means you can change the mood at the flick of a switch. Consider picture lighting, floor lighting, side lamps and wall lighting and, if you have this architectural feature, alcove lighting will also brighten the living room.

When you are layering lighting, try to avoid buying highly decorative lighting for each fixture. For example, you may want crystal floor lamps and side lamps with painted or decorative stems, but a less elaborate choice for wall lighting and picture lighting. In a traditional home, decorative ceiling lighting looks gorgeous and is sometimes preferable to more subtle alternatives.


A decorative ceiling light adds a personal touch to the bedroom and will be an additional feature to admire. It is a good idea to choose dimmer switches for the bedroom, to create a calm and intimate feel to this space.

For side lamps, Jenny Worrall produces traditional table lamps with a modern take and much of her collection is inspired by the English countryside. Jenny Worrall lamps are true objects of beauty and are considered antiques of the future. Each unique, glass blown table lamp is hand painted using the over a century old technique of Potichomania, which makes glass look like painted porcelain. Her lamps have become collectors' items and look elegant in the bedroom, sitting room and hallway.


Study rooms are often one of the smallest rooms in the home. However, not all homes have a dedicated home office space; some have a desk area in the sitting room, on the landing, in the hallway, or library.

Bankers' lamps make an interesting feature of this space and are attractive and understated. Other objects of beauty for a period home are Tiffany style floor, or side lamps. These lamps have superb, colourful stained glass shades that will brighten any space.

Dining Room

glamorous, intricate chandelier hung above a polished dining table is visually appealing and illuminates this space in an elegant way. It evokes a feeling of luxury and will always be admired by guests.

If you don't have the space for a chandelier in the dining room, decorative wall lighting, floor standing lighting and side lamps will create a warm, welcoming and elegant eating area. Picture lighting in this area can also be used to spotlight your favourite works of art.

About Angelo's Lighting

Angelo's Lighting sells a wide range of traditional lighting - and we won't be beaten on price! To see more of our extensive range, visit our North London showroom, or to find out about Angelo's Lighting, contact us direct on 0208 3485460 or 0208 4822688.