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How to Get Your Dining Area's Christmas Lighting Just Right

It’s the time of year when extravagant lighting has never been more important. There are Christmas lights everywhere!
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It’s the time of year when extravagant lighting has never been more important. There are Christmas lights everywhere!

Not only are the insides of our homes decked out in fairy lights (of all shapes, sizes and colours), many outsides also resemble the homes from the Christmas movie Home Alone.

Fortunately, there’s never been a better excuse to brighten up our homes!

Get it right and you can create the perfect festive mood.

But get it wrong and you can risk spoiling the atmosphere completely.

Let your Christmas tree take centre stage

Obviously, it’s important to ensure your Christmas tree lights are the centre of attention, so switch off the ‘big’ light to make them the main focal point.

Once you’ve done that, floor lamps are a great way to add more mood lighting to a dining area.

Unlike traditional pendant lights, floor lamps allow you to disperse light high into the corners of a room to give it added ambience.

Discover our imposing Elegance Floor Lamp and find out how its eye-catching faux silk shade could become a talking point for your festive guests.

Copper is the colour of choice for top interior designers at present, partly because of its warm feel and partly due to the way its surface changes at different times of the day.

Our contemporary Copper Fan Floor Lamp fulfils both of those functions and its sweeping black stem is sure to cast imposing and shadowy figures on any room this Christmas.

If you want your home to have more of a retro feel, check out our Chrome Tripod Spotlight, a great finishing touch for any large dining area or even a living room.

3 ways to achieve ambient lighting

Use coloured light bulbs to bring different moods to different rooms. Restaurants and bars regularly use purples and greens to create atmosphere.

Use rugged or textured surfaces to diffuse light and disperse it at different angles, building shadows and adding interest.

Use lights which boasts strong geometric shapes - like cubes and ovals - to hold light, such as the Liquorice Floor Lamp.

Win a trip to London with Red Letter Days

You may be right in the middle of arranging all your Christmas dinner parties, but we want you to put down the plates and enter our competition to win a meal and theatre trip for two people in London.

Having linked up with Red Letter Days one winner will enjoy a two-course meal at a central London restaurant and tickets to a West End show of their choice.

To enter, simply follow us on Twitter and tweet us to let us know which show you’d love to see using the hashtag #FVChristmasCountdown

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By submitting your entry, you are agreeing to Furniture Village using your submission for any future form of contact or marketing. UK only competition. Inappropriate content will be removed and disqualified. You must follow @OfficialFV on Twitter, mention @OfficialFV in your tweet and use the hashtag #FVChristmasCountdown The competition closes at 9am on Monday 21/12/2015. All entries received after this time will not be considered. The winner will be selected at random by Furniture Village judges. The winner will be publically announced on Twitter by 5pm on 21/12/15. We will mention you in a Tweet to tell you that you have won. By entering this competition you give us permission to contact you in this way and announce your name on the Furniture Village Twitter account. You will be required to send us your email address in a direct message in order to claim your prize. You will have 7 working days, until 5pm on 04/01/15 to send us your email address. If we haven’t received it by this time, a new winner will be selected and you will no longer be entitled to the prize. The winner will receive a voucher for Red Letter Days’ ‘London Meal and Top Price Theatre for Two’ package, worth £189. The voucher can be used on selected weekday evenings. Excludes all school and bank holidays. Booking periods can vary. The shows included are: Miss Saigon, War horse, Bend it Like Beckham, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sunny Afternoon, Les Miserables, Beautiful, Phantom of the Opera and The Curious Incident. A two-course meal at a central London restaurant is also included. Evening meals are booked for 6:00pm. Conditions apply. Travel to and from London and accommodation are not included within the prize. The winner will be required to make their own arrangements.

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