Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-24— /EPR Retail News/ — The number of lights in the average British home has doubled in the last decade, despite homes now being smaller than ever.
Home enhancement retailer Homebase, has revealed that the number of lights in the home has leapt from just 15 light sources in 2004 to over 30 today – as people add more spotlights, wall lights, pendants and lamps to their homes, making Britain brighter than ever before.
Due to rapidly shrinking living space, people are choosing to accessorise their homes with decorative lighting which is both functional and fashionable, with trend-led lamps doubling up as ornaments.
Pamela Collard, lighting buyer for Homebase, said: “A well-lit room can make a space feel almost double the size, especially when teamed with wall mirrors. People are certainly being smarter with their lighting and noticing what a huge impact lighting can make to how a room both looks and feels.”
Updating lighting is most popular with renters, especially those who want to make their home their own but are unable to make more permanent changes by redecorating or even hanging pictures. Lighting is also the most cost effective way to reinvent a room and renters can take their lighting with them if they move to another property.
Interior Designer, Julia Kendell said: “It’s possible to refresh a room without having to redecorate – all you need to do is change the accessories. Lamps and lighting are perfect for this. I love to have moody lighting, something you can dim right down for the winter months.”
With the clocks changing at the weekend, the sun will set by 6pm next week, leading to an annual increase in sales of light bulbs and lighting at Homebase as people look to lighten up their homes.
Pamela added: “We always see a sharp increase in the number of light fittings and bulbs we sell, and we are expecting to see the same pattern this year. Approximately 25 per cent of Homebase light bulb sales are made in the months of November and December, which equates to around an astonishing 55,400 light bulbs sold per day.”
Homebase recently launched a new range of 200 lighting products, which can be found in stores and on the Homebase website: www.homebase.co.uk
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Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 316 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland serving around 60 million transactions a year, and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2014, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 18,000 people across the business.
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Top trends for lighting this winter, from Homebase lighting buyer Pamela Collard
Following a trend for textured vases and ceramics in home accessories, textured ceramics have emerged in to lighting.The Ceramic pattern table lamp’s traditional shape and colour is perfect for those wanting to make an understated style statement and fulfil the season’s trends.
The trend for industrial shaped lighting continues, however this year industrial pendants are steering away from metallics and instead emerging more into copper tones with increased introduction of wood and glass materials.
Traditional shapes are also popular, theCollins task tablelampcreates a nostalgic ‘Downton’ look and also a warm light perfect for cozy evenings in.
As well as ornamental shapes, there has been an increase in demand for pattern on traditionally shaped lamp shades. The new range includes patterns featuring florals, fauna, musical notes and even owls, as the owl trend continues for yet another season.
Using a traditionally shaped lamp shade which features a unique pattern is a great way to tip toe in to a new trend or express your personality in a new way, without being too daring.
Lighting for this year is very coordinated, with people matching their table lamps to their floor lamps or ceiling lighting. For example, theWicker heart floor lampalso comes in miniature as theWicker heart table lamp. To allow further coordination – many of the new shades from Homebase can be used as a shade for either ceiling pendants or table lamps.