– Photo credit: Paul Dixon

Think of scale: large lights don’t always need a large space. The oversized pendant by Patricia Urquiola in this kitchen reframes the area from a functional space to a beautiful one, and adds a touch of glamour.  – Photo credit: Paul Dixon

By using an LED strip behind the mirror in this bathroom a soft glow is created. It works well with the timber surround adding warmth to the space.  – Photo credit: Tom Sullam

Look at the interior architecture of a space for inspiration. These filament bulbs are placed on the structure of the wooden panelling drawing your eye to the ceiling and creating a design feature. Find flush mounted bulbs at Restoration Hardware. – Photo credit: Tom Sullam

Create pattern with your light. Dabs of light are cast on the wall around this pendant adding a pattern of dappled light to the walls. – Photo credit: Reeva Misra

Choosing a glass droplet chandelier like this adds a sculptural element as even when the light source is switched off the glass catches the sunlight. Find large chandeliers at Timothy Oulton. – Photo credit: Mel Yates

Use several sources of lighting in one spot. As shown in this study area, using wall-mounted sconces above the desk adds task lighting with a table lamp to use in tandem or on its own. Sconces by David Weeks Studio, table lamp from 1st Dibs. – Photo credit: Mel Yates

Use lighting to delineate a space. These seating areas are framed by lighting with one armchair between two floor lamps and the seating area in the bay window behind defined by the low hanging pendant.

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  • Shalini Misra

    Founder and Creative Director

    Internationally celebrated interior architect, designer and property developer, Shalini Misra has been creating spaces since she founded her multifaceted practice over 20 years ago. A qualified architect from the Delhi School of Architecture and Planning (SPA) in India, Shalini specialised in Urban Planning at the University of Columbia in New York before studying Virtual Reality in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in London. One of House & Garden’s top 100 interior designers, Shalini is a British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) committee member, she is on the Advisory Board of KLC School of Design and on the Steering Committee of The Calico Club. She sits on the South Asian Acquisition Committee (SAAC) at Tate, and judges international design awards. Shalini is also a trustee and mentor of UK charity Vahani Scholarship Trust, a non-profit organisation that recognises the importance of opening doors for underprivileged children. Shalini also sits on the advisory board for Common Sense Media, a global charity dedicated to improving the well-being of children and families in the digital age.