Often overlooked as a lighting option, wall lights uk indoor can add the finishing touch to a room’s décor and provide much-needed ambient and accent light. But with so many options out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this expert guide, designed to help you choose the right wall lights for your home and get the most out of these versatile little beauties.
The first thing to decide when buying a wall light is the kind of effect you’re looking for. For example, uplights direct light upwards towards the ceiling to create a more open feel in a living space, while downlights are a great way of highlighting specific features, such as a fireplace or work of art.
There are also a range of decorative wall sconces available, from traditional candle-style sconces to lantern designs for a more rustic look and modern flush-mounted sconces that sit flat against the wall and diffuse the light. You can even find articulated wall lights, which have a concertina arm that you can manually move to direct the light exactly where you need it. For more inspiration, take a look at Pooky’s modern indoor wall lights here.
Another great use for a wall light is to frame and illuminate a picture or piece of artwork. Picture lights are specially designed to be discreet, and they come in a variety of finishes so you can match them to your wall colour for a seamless finish. Alternatively, you can opt for a more dramatic effect by selecting a wall washer which will wash light gently up and down a wall to really show off a painting or wallpaper.
Finally, we’ve got a lot of customers who love using wall lights as bedside lighting, particularly in smaller homes where space is limited and it can be tricky to fit a table lamp alongside the bed. Choosing a matching pair of shaded wall lights can create a stylish tailored look, and it’ll free up space on your bedside table for books, water bottles and other essentials.
There are plenty of plug in wall lights available, too – perfect for new builds or renovations that don’t yet have a main ceiling light installed. However, we recommend having a lighting professional install your wall light to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the installation. This will save you a whole lot of stress, time and money in the long run.