Curating your space: From statement chandeliers to eccentric shades

Ever looked up at the twinkling, outstretched arms of a chandelier and wondered how something so extravagant could be so utterly beautiful. And then followed the same thought with, “Is that a bit over the top for my home?”

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt over the last 18 months, it's to do what makes us happy. And if that extends to a totally over the top light, then so be it!

Whether your living room calls for a warm, welcoming glow or beam worthy of searchlight status (or the extravagance of a chandelier), one thing’s for sure – don’t let the practicalities of lighting detract from its potential to add the most extreme amounts of personality.

Frequently hidden amongst the melee of decorating decisions, somewhere between curtains, furniture and wallpaper, lighting is an element of interior design that is integral to the ultimate look and feel of any room.


Yes, lights need to be functional, that goes without saying, but not at the expense of creating an experience. Consider curiosities - there’s some fantastic vintage rarities out there, so hunt out your nearest antique fair or check out online market places. Don’t be put off by anything too unusual - these are just the kind of pieces that will lift your interior. For a touch of decadence, take a look at the Archive by Sanderson Design lighting page, where our iconic patterns have been given a new and exciting twist.

Ambient lighting is a must for creating atmosphere, so consider how and when you’ll use each room. Lamps such as our leopard base from Trouva and @bloomsburyrevisted shade create a soft relaxing glow, perfect for reading or unwinding at the end of the day as well as adding a cheeky curiosity.

In the Archive home, functional does not equal boring, quite the contrary, in fact. For this shoot we chose some incredible table lamps and pendants from Pooky lighting, alongside oversized statement chandeliers from Murano. By combining vintage finds with colour, texture and size, we’ve created the most decadent maximalist aesthetic, shining a light on the unique way we illuminate our homes.


Follow us on Instagram @archive_sdg for more inspiration as we uncover the design story behind each room.


Murano Pink Chandelier by Artinlife (ebay/etsy)

Lampshade @bloomsburyrevisited

Leopard lamp base &klevering (on Trouva)

Pooky Table Lamp @pookylights

Lamp Gropius Lamps @gropiuslamps

posted on 18 Nov 2021

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