Are you thinking smart? by Madeleine Roff

First things first, what actually is smart lighting? It is lighting that can be controlled by an app, via Wi-Fi, usually on a smartphone or tablet.

Smart lighting is a fairly new system, and one that has lots of benefits which we’ll look into below…


What are the benefits of smart lighting?

1)    Fewer wires

All the lighting is connected to one place and controlled via an app; so just a couple of buttons and not lots of switches!

2)    Reducing costs

Although there is an initial cost, as there is with any electrical work, in the long run smart lighting could actually save you money. It’s an efficient system that allows you to turn your lights on and off so simply, even when you’re not in the house, it could reduce your electrical consumption.

3)    Homeowner safety

Lots of people leave lights on when they’re away or out for the evening as a safety precaution. However, with smart lighting you can turn the lights on and off as much as you like and at times that reflect the time of day.

4)    Eco-friendly

By allowing such precise control over the lighting in the home, you can see which lights you’ve left on just by looking at your phone, and you can turn them off with the hit of a button. This makes smart lighting a great choice for homeowners who want to be eco-friendly.

5)    Complete control

Not only do you have complete control of which rooms have lights on, you also have control over the colours of the lights – you’re able to create different moods in different rooms.

Hopefully this blog has explained the basics of smart lighting… there’s a lot more to it though! If you’d like to find out more about smart lighting and if it’s the right option for you, get in touch and we can help advise and give you some more information. 

2018 international lighting trends  by Madeleine Roff

Seeing as founder of BPL, Ben, and his wife Steph have just embarked on the trip of a lifetime travelling around Australasia for 6 weeks, we thought it seemed appropriate to take a look at international lighting design trends of 2018!

First up, we take a trip across the Atlantic ocean to see what Americans are excited about in the lighting design world…


In 2018, it looks as though Americans are loving vintage lighting fixtures! More specifically, aged copper pendant lights which look absolutely stunning when hung low in a kitchen or perhaps in a mix and match design which we spoke about in our previous blog. In the UK, copper and rose gold were definitely colour trends for interior design in 2017 so this 2018 trend is no real surprise. Saying that, we still love this look and have no complaints that it’s coming into 2018 with us!


Next we go north to Scandinavia…


A very different trend to America indeed – giant paper lanterns! They have an Asian inspiration to them but keeping the colours neutral gives the design their own differentiated look. To nail this trend, we’d suggest they’re used in large spaces otherwise they may overcrowd the room. This design gives off a calm, open and relaxed vibe and it looks great when there’s more than one latern used as the photo shows.

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Going East, we’re off to India…


The colours of Indian interior design are bold, colourful… and just stunning. Their latest trend definitely complements their traditional look – it’s oil lamps! Specifically, copper oil lamps, which follows the colour trend of America. This is a very unique design which is best suited to a room full of colour or a room which is Asian inspired to complete the look. Also, the lamps are a great feature as they give a completely different mood at night once they’re lit, a magical piece that has two different looks by day and night!


Moving further afield we now take a look at the land down under…


Pendant lights are the way forward for the Aussies this year, but more precisely with the aim of creating a mood or atmosphere. Pendant lights are a great way to add warmth to a room as well and creating a strong focal point and feel of a room. Designer Bandiera takes this look to a next level by suggesting you should “choose lighting that compliments your hardware in either hand blown glass, matte black, chrome or brass finishes” – and we totally agree! When BPL design lights we take a look at the room as a whole, considering hardware, surfaces, natural lighting (and many more elements), to ensure your new lighting design matches and enhances the feel of the room.

Finally, we visit the South American country, Brazil!


It’s very interesting that Brazil’s 2018 trend is around Smart lighting. We expected this to have been more prominent with some of the other countries we’ve spoken about, but it appears Brazil is leading the way. We’ll actually be creating our own blog about Smart lighting next month, but for those who have no idea what it is, it’s basically lighting that can be controlled via the Internet. The reason Brazilians love it, is that you can reduce your electricity consumption by adjusting it when you’re out the house, simply by using your smartphone. Not only is it better for the environment, but some designs allow for you to change the colour of the lights depending on the room – such a clever and easy way to create mood lighting! 


So there you go, there’s 5 lighting trends around the globe in 2018, and what a variety there is! Comment and let us know which one your favourites are and get in touch if you’d like us to help you achieve any of these in your home. 

Get inspired in 2018! by Madeleine Roff

It’s the start of a new year, new projects around the home, and New Years Resolutions… so it’s time to get inspired and make a start! We’ll talk you through four different materials and styles to give you some ideas. 


Glass is such a stylish material at the moment, it’s versatile and perfect for pretty much every room! If your room has a lack of natural light or it’s quite a small space, glass is great as it doesn’t obstruct any views or reduce the amount of natural light the room receives. Another reason we love glass is the luxury yet modern feel it gives, and the ability to add colour to the design is a bonus! 

Mix and match

Mix and match styles are very on-trend, from décor and materials to colours and lights! This style works really well with pendants as a mix of heights can give a very contemporary feel and also plays with the mind to give the effect that there is more space than there actually is. However we’d recommend this style is implemented in a room with high ceilings, or perhaps a larger room in general to have the ability to have multiple pendant lights. You can also mix up the colours which gives you great flexibility and the option to create a real theme in the room – we’ll focus on colour more in a moment! 


What is modern lighting? To us, it’s bold statements and quirky shapes! For a design to be modern it must be on-trend, so this style is constantly changing. As a designer, unconventional shapes are great fun to work with and it allows us to get very creative and make a real impact on a room. Modern lighting designs have the ability to renovate a dated room which is fantastic for those who don’t want to completely revamp an entire room; by simply investing in one modern lighting design, you can transform and update the entire room! 

A splash of colour

We love colourful lighting designs! If your light is the centerpiece of a room, or you have multiple lights throughout the room, you can create a theme by simply adding colour to your lights! Colour has the ability to complete liven up a room and add some brightness to it, and it also works on a range of shapes and styles so it’s very versatile and works on almost any light design. Also, if it’s just your lighting designs that are coloured, it means in the future you can easily change the feel of the room by replacing the lights for another style or colour – simple! 

BPL work with all the materials and styles we’ve spoken about – and more! So if you’re feeling inspired and want to take the first step in getting a brand new and bespoke lighting design for your home, get in touch today.

How to transform your home! by Madeleine Roff

Lighting design is completely underrated.

Think about some of the World’s grandest and most spectacular buildings… The outside of the Ritz is completely illuminated to create a jaw dropping effect and even their lit up lettered signs create an impact and feeling of exclusivity. Then there’s the Burj Al Arab hotel, which has gorgeous rich colours that are brought to life and made to feel warm with the range of lighting designs they have.

The point we’re making is that something as simple as a piece of lighting can completely transform a room, and we’re here to give you tips on how to do this, no matter your style or budget... (it's also worth noting, all of the images below are designs are in-house projects we've carried out).

1)    On a budget

There is a common belief that grand and impressive lighting means you need to have a huge budget; although this can help, anyone can achieve it if you do it the right way. The trick is to start with one singular piece – make it big! Choose something that is different and bold, whether this be an oversized chandelier, or a pendant that is hung lower that you would normally have it; this will create a dramatic look and give a fantastic impression for the whole room.

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2)    To create space

Think up! Use your ceiling for lighting opportunities, wall fixtures and free-standing lamps can take up valuable space. Ceiling fixtures are very trendy and some allow you to adjust the angles of the lights to highlight specific areas, make narrow spaces look wider, or hit certain walls to create the illusion of more space - a fantastic solution for a small room!


3)    Create mood lighting

Mood lighting can be used in many situations, but our favourite is for welcoming guests into your home. This is their first contact inside your house and you want them to feel at ease – and perhaps impressed too! To achieve this, ensure the lights aren’t too bright as they adjust from the outside natural light, and use your lighting pieces to focus on the areas you want them to see, such as any artwork or architecture, highlighting your favourite elements.

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4)    Rooms with low ceilings

Need a way to create more space in a room with more ceilings? Remove any ceiling lights you have, they’re restricting the space both physically and psychologically. Instead, use recessed downlights in specific and chosen areas to make the space feel bigger – simple!

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5)    Maximise natural light

Ensure your walls and ceilings are painted in neutral colours to welcome in the natural light. Painting your ceilings lighter than your walls creates an illusion of height and space, which is great as this works with darker walls as well. If you want warmth, go for an off-white rather than a bright white… and picture a fantastic singular lighting design in the centre of the room to create a dramatic and bold look, stunning!

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We hope we’ve given you a few ideas you can carry out in your own home. We offer a range of lighting solutions which are completely bespoke to you and your home so we can maximise the lighting opportunities no matter what you need! 

Get in touch today and have a chat with our team: or call: 01444 300252

5 top tips for the perfect Christmas lights by Ben Palmer

Tacky or tasteful, festive or frightful? Whatever your opinion, December is bursting with light in so many ways, from the comfort of your home to the largest attractions in every city. We’re here to give you ideas on how to make the most of lighting this festive season, whatever your aspiration!

Over the past couple of years, the latest rage for the festive period is festivals of light – Kew Gardens and Bleinheim Palace spectacularly illuminate their grounds and buildings with impressive laser shows and dazzling light tunnels, creating a magical pathway through their stunning grounds.

Similarly, Lumiere festival expanded south into London in 2016 lighting up the capital city’s top attractions and sights with the designs of local artists, from freestanding light structures to neon shapes. It is clear the trend is growing year on year and it really is a powerful way of using lighting to showcase beauty of structures and art in a breathtaking and festive way.

Although light festivals truly are fantastic and jaw-droppingly brilliant… they’re not very achievable in the home, so we’ve listed 5 different ways you can maximise your lights this Christmas.

1)    Be creative!

Outdoor Christmas lights don’t have to be the traditional reindeer flashing lights you see on the sides of houses or roofs… why not get some star shaped lights or light up pebble floors to guide guests through the garden to your front door. Another current trend is archways in gardens, so if you have one, definitely utilise this and get some lights feeding through it to achieve a real ‘wow’ factor!

2)    Make an impact

Have a centerpiece light? Make the most of it by wrapping fairy lights around the piece to illuminate the entire room and draw people’s attention to your spectacular light!

3)    Create an illusion of a larger space

Get a range of mason jars and fill them with battery powered fairy lights – scatter them around the room to create the feeling of a larger space by spreading the light in the room, try having them at different heights as well. What makes it so great? It can be achieved with any size jars, in any size room!


4)    Make the most of a small space

Displaying Christmas cards is not a new concept, but why not have your cards dangle from some fairy lights? Display the lights so they span the width of your widest wall, and safely clip cards on between each light. To really enhance the space, if you have a mirror on the opposite wall, this will well and truly maximise the use of your limited space with the reflection creating an illusion.

5)    Create a homely feel

You can use Christmas lights throughout the entire house, and one way of achieving this is to run lights down your stairs – weaving in and out from top to bottom. To give it that extra homely feel, go for warm white lights. 

We hope we’ve inspired you to utilise the light in your home this Christmas. If you’ve got any other great ideas, get involved on our Facebook page, and if you want to find out more about how we use light in our projects visit the gallery on our website.