The bare-faced brilliance of exposed light bulbs
Since their resurgence a few years ago, exposed light bulbs have become a strong interior trend that a lot of home decorators are incorporating in their abode - from the kitchen to the bathroom and beyond.Since their resurgence a few years ago, exposed lights bulbs have become a strong interior trend that a lot of home decorators are incorporating in their abode, from the kitchen to the bathroom and beyond. Our love affair with all things industrial is another reason why exposed light bulbs have become a popular lighting option. Thanks to their stripped-back, utilitarian and edgy look, bare bulbs are often used in industrial-inspired spaces as they enhance the humble, minimal aesthetic of the design style. That being said, the versatile fittings also work just as well when used in contrasting schemes that are in need of an extra layer of character, contrast or modern flair. Bare bulbs also particularly suit Mid-century, Modern and eclectic schemes as the exposed fittings exude vintage charm and a cool, old-school vibe, too. But they need to be used sparingly and mixed with other styles and rich colours to keep the look different to what everyone else is doing. On a practical note, always use a dimmer to create a varied ambience. When styling your exposed light, it’s important to consider your space and where the bulb is being positioned, as this will ultimately influence how you arrange or accessorise the fitting. Image credit: British Standard Cupboards
Go for multi-colour cablesThis contemporary kitchen is given a sense of humour and a talking point, thanks to the mass of tangled multi-coloured wires and exposed bulbs.
Combine with halogen lightsIn a home office a single exposed bulb may not have cast enough light for the job in hand. Try combining a single bulb with halogen ceiling lights for a practical take on the trend.
Give a nod to the traditionalIf you prefer not to hang a bare bulb, why not try putting it up with an exposed pendant? It’s a fun way to refer to traditional lights, which also brings it bang up to date. Colour and brightness are important considerations when shopping around for lightbulbs, too. If you’re worried that an exposed bulb may be too bright and create unnecessary glare in your space, opt for a globe that casts a soft, welcoming yellow-tinged glow and/or one made from frosted glass that will deliver softly diffused and ambience-enhancing light. What are your thoughts on these bare lights? Have you opted for exposed light bulbs in your home?