I have to admit the New Year has gotten off to a pretty sluggish start here at VKH HQ.  In the depths of winter I struggle to find any sort of motivation and with the dreaded lurgy doing the rounds it's safer to batten down the hatches and stay toasty.

The murkiness can be used to our advantage though - it's a great time to invest in some good lighting to create an ambience that those hygge-loving Danes would be proud of.  For this post I've teamed up with one of the UK's leading lighting suppliers, Litecraft, and I'm giving one lucky reader the chance to win this fabulous vintage glass bottle lamp, worth £79!


The best way to get a cosy atmosphere in any room is by layering and this applies to your lighting too.  A single pendant in the centre of the ceiling will simply not suffice!  Lamps, both floor and table, should be fitted with 'warm' bulbs:  lighting temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin (K) and the higher the number the more blue (cool) the light becomes. Anything between 2700K and 3200K will be enough to recreate the intimate glow of candlelight. If you absolutely must have a centre light, make sure it is on a dimmer switch.

Placing lamps in corners of the room adds interest and makes dark spots useable. (Image via Pinterest)

Placing lamps in corners of the room adds interest and makes dark spots useable. (Image via Pinterest)

It's important to use task lighting: a table lamp by the phone for example, or an overhanging floor lamp next to your favourite armchair means you don't need to light the whole room at once which is preferable for hyggelig-ing.  String lights or fairy lights draped over a mantle or placed in a non-working fireplace can add a magical touch.

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image: Next

Image: Next

The use of uplighters is a big no-no for the cosy and inviting interior.  Light shed on to the ceiling will only enhance the feeling of space and, although this may be tempting in a smaller room, it's not terribly romantic!  Goddess of the silver screen, Marlene Dietrich, didn't insist on always being lit from directly overhead to be difficult.  It's because everyone looks better that way - just try it next time you take a selfie!  


HOW TO ENTER   Thanks to Litecraft, one lucky reader can indulge in some quality snug time with the addition of this charming vintage glass bottle lamp to their home. Fitted with an in-line dimmer switch, it's perfect for adding atmosphere to those hygge moments. 


To win, simply leave a comment on this post below. The winner will be picked at random on Wednesday 1st February at 12pm GMT. 


PRODUCT DETAILS   Bulb type: G4   Max Wattage: 10w   Max Height: 19cm   Sizes of individual bottles: Large: 19cm x 7cm, Medium: 13cm x 6.5cm, Small: 9 cm x 4.5 cm

GIVEAWAY T&C  This prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered.  Winner must claim the prize within 30 days of notification or it will be forfeited and an alternative winner selected.




A little bit of Wednesday Whimsy for you...

I've been getting a little obsessed with the dark lately so decided to do a little experimenting.  I styled these vignettes as a test prior to an upcoming post in association with Farrow & Ball.  

I've taken inspiration from some of my favourite stylists, Hans Blomqvist and Sania Pell, and I have to say, I'm quite pleased with how they turned out given that I was being persistently pawed by a hungry Colin while I was shooting them.  

Who says blue and green should never be seen?  These chrysanths look amazing against the dark blue background.


In fact, almost anything will pop against a really dark blue.  Yellow is popular contrast.

©Kerry Hussain 2016

Look out for my post with Farrow & Ball coming soon!