Ditch the plastic and go natural when choosing your lighting scheme…
Lighting is often an afterthought but fact is it has the power to make or break your decor scheme. The wrong light in the wrong place can unbalance an otherwise well planned design by overwhelming, distracting or jarring with the other items in the room. More to the point, getting your lighting wrong is a WASTED OPPORTUNITY as the right lighting goes such a long way to elevating a room.
A soft dappled glow is what you’re aiming for in any successful boho scheme. Floor/table lamps and task lighting are the name of the game when it comes to practical lighting that serves a function in the room. But when it comes to overhead lighting you can forget being sensible! It’s all about the glow, the impact, the drama. It’s your DUTY to have fun with the size, shape and aesthetic of the object hanging from the ceiling of the room!
For me the best choice is hands down a pendant made from natural materials. It’s an easy win. If your interiors are a riot of colour and pattern it’ll work by not drawing too much attention to itself, letting the other objects sing. If on the other hand your room is neutral and calming it’ll also work well, organically blending in with the overall vibe of the room.
Then there’s the additional texture offered by a natural pendant, another huge bonus. Whether it’s made of rattan, bamboo, jute, paper, wood, hemp, feathers, cardboard or even oyster shells, it’ll provide contrast and add another dimension to the room.
It’s generally also a great sustainable choice if you care about the environment. Hemp and jute both suck in tonnes of carbon dioxide, replenishing the soil and growing without the need for any harmful pesticides or chemicals. Both are biodegradable, as is bamboo. Super-fast growing bamboo naturally renews itself and also doesn’t require harmful pesticides to harvest. Rattan is biodegradable, 100 % recyclable and doesn’t produce harmful gas emissions. Using a recycled material, such as cardboard, also conserves energy and helps reduce pollution. Recycling one ton of cardboard saves over 9 cubic yards of landfill space. Meanwhile giving a second life to naturally occurring yet non-biodegradable products – such as oyster shells – prevents them polluting the land and water when discarded indiscriminately.
There’s currently a huge array of natural fibre lighting products out there, at a wide range of price points. I’ve scoured the internet so you don’t have to. I hope you like my selection of 21 of the best of them!
Bamboo Manta Tapered Pendant Light – Modish Living (£128)
Rara Jute Pendant – Anthropologie (£198)
Lumi Nefi Wood Pendant Light – Beut (£136)
Big Bell Bamboo Ceiling Light – Rockett St George (£195)
Industrial Hanging Pendant Light with Rope Shade in Vintage Style – Beautiful Halo (£41.55)
Deop Pendant Lamp Original by Gray.pants – I am Fy (£375)
Bala Natural Lampshade – Design Vintage (£155 medium; £195 large)
Ceiling Chandelier Rustic Hemp Rope Round Suspension Lighting – The Vibes Vegan on Etsy (£48)
Braided Paper Ceiling Lamp Megan – Sklum (£36.95)
Cassie Feather Macrame Pendant – Anthropologie US ($548)
Fringe Pendant Light – Geometrikdesign on Etsy (£66.61)
Yaku Ceiling Lampshade in Natural Hemp – La Redoute (£70)
Mother of Pearl Ovo Ceiling Shade – Etsy (£119)
Karine Jute Pendant Light – Modish Living (£129)
Natural Grass Pendant Rustic Light L – Flo & Joe (£214)
Seagrass Pendant – Flo & Joe (£249.95)
Retro Style Adjustable Ceiling Pendant Light with Wrinkled Paper Shade – Beautiful Halo (£74.40)
Avalon Bamboo Pendant – Design Vintage (£75)
Ada Banana Leaf Lampshade from Olsson and Jensen – Greige (£59)
Ausi14 Pendant Lamp Original by Gray.pants – I am Fy (£420)
Natural Beatnik Light Shade L – Flo & Joe (£195)
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