Ask the Designer: Shining a light on interior design options

If you’re tired of lampshades, a few small lighting changes can refresh your living spaces without busting your budget

Use a central light when carrying out tasks such as cleaning or cooking in the kitchen, otherwise using other lighting options around the room to create a more interesting feel

Mary Hensey, general manager of interior architecture, design and fit-out agency Tailor & Wolf in Trim, Co Meath, gives her tips on updating lighting.


We have suddenly realised that the boring old lampshades that we have had since forever make the place look really dated. We would like to add some nice new lights, but haven’t a clue where to start?


A well thought out lighting scheme can change the aesthetics and mood ...