Bathroom: in a bathroom, use a pair to flank a mirror, the symmetry creates visual balance and the even lighting limits shadows – especially important for applying make-up or a morning shave. Just be sure to choose one that has the suitable IP rating for where it’s positioned in the room (John Cullen have a helpful guide for this).
Kitchen: it’s easy to think a kitchen is all about ceiling lights, be it spotlights or pendants. But, the layered lighting approach is just as important in every living space (see our blog on kitchen lighting). Try putting a slim wall light (such as Hanover) either side of the cooker – a part of the kitchen where less lighting is needed, unlike food preparation areas or near the sink. Its partnering shade will cast a small pool of light downwards onto the hob, it won’t get in the way, and it’ll add visual interest.
Bedroom: in a small bedroom, wall lights are perfect where space is limited and so a bedside lamp might be out of the question. The wiring can be chased into the plaster so the light becomes part of the fabric of the room. And don’t forget to factor in a switch at either side of the bed to make life easier. Even if you have a more spacious bedroom, wall lights are worth thinking about, leaving more room for bedside books and a keepsake or two.
Sitting room: much like in the kitchen, a living room is one of the rooms where there’s usually space for pendants, table and floor lamps, and wall lights too. Above eye level is a good place to position them so that you avoid any glare, but also consider moving them much lower so that they become handy little reading lights that can be pulled out to illuminate the pages of your book underneath – this only really works with extending arm designs like Keats.
Hallway or landing: wall lights are just perfect for illuminating awkward nibs that would otherwise be ignored, or designs like Browning are highly effective at the very end of a walkway – it creates something lovely to walk towards.