As the so-called Beast From The East tightened its icy grip on the UK earlier this month, many of us found ourselves forced into an extended period of indoor dwelling. It got us thinking about the Danish lifestyle trend Hygge (the art of cosiness) and the importance of creating interior spaces that we enjoy spending time in

Being used to harsh winter weather, Scandinavians have learnt not just to endure, but to enjoy indoor living. It’s something many of us are keen to do too and while we’ve been quick to introduce homely pleasures like soft furnishings, scented candles and extended coffee breaks, there has been a tendency to overlook one of the most important elements of creating a pleasurable environment – lighting.

The right interior lighting can affect the atmosphere, the perceived size and the overall functionality of your space so it’s important to get it right. Pendant lighting to illuminate the room, mood lighting to create ambience and task lighting to accommodate reading are all elements to consider but with so much to choose from it may be difficult to know where to start. Luckily for us, our friends at Lightyears have simplified matters.

Forming the lighting arm of the Danish design powerhouse Republic of Fritz Hansen, Lightyears reputation has been built on a history of exquisite craftsmanship, quality, and timeless design. Combining elements of traditional and contemporary design, the Copenhagen based company have created a simple, versatile collection that will fit seamlessly into your existing space.

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Words By Shaun Donnelly