Little adds impact and atmosphere to a space like clever lighting, and cluster lighting is the latest interior trend doing just that. Whether you love the stripped back aesthetic of industrial styles or prefer a softer approach, this trend works both ways – try it cascading over a dining room table, or use it to add drama to an entryway or even a bathroom. Read on for our top tips on creating cluster lighting in your home, courtesy of Gail Taylor of London interior design firm, th2 Designs.
Why has the cluster light trend become popular?
With the current preference for open plan spaces, people are turning to cluster lighting as it helps to define a room and give linked spaces a focal point.
Should you use a mix of several individual lights or buy one single light to recreate the look?
Generally, using one single light and repeating it in a cluster tends to look more tailored – and if you want something eclectic you could always opt for grouping different lights. However, there are lots of options that give the feel of a cluster in a single light, these are easier to install but don’t quite give the same effect.
Where in the house does it work best?
Position them above a piece of furniture like a dining table, a kitchen island or even a coffee table or try lights dropped through a double height space or stairwell for real impact. If you’re lucky enough to have an entrance hall that’s big enough to fit a table, a grouping of pendant lights over this will look spectacular.
And with what kind of schemes?
Cluster lights look best in a minimal, contemporary space where they're the standout feature. If used in a room that’s highly decorated, it can make the space look too busy.
How do you make it work in a softer, more feminine room?
Simply use fabric shades rather than metal or glass. Also, opt for a light fitting that throws a softer, yellow light to give a more feminine feel to a space.
And what about making it look a little cooler or tougher?
By using individual lights in a symmetrical fashion the look will be more masculine. Obviously, the choice of colour and material can also create a different feel – for example, we’ve just fitted a bronze cluster light in a dining space for one of our male clients and it looks amazing.
Can you do it cheaply?
You could upcycle individual lampshades using a variety of different styles for a warm, homely vibe.
Play around with different heights – it’s important to look at the proportions of the room and perhaps create a dummy light first to work out the optimal height before the lights are fitted.