Time for a change at home? Want to look at things in a different light, perhaps?
Bad puns aside, Dutch brand QAZQA has been providing quirky, elegant, and high-quality lightning fixtures for years. There are hundreds of models available - and dozens on sale right now - but here are a few of our personal favourites!
1. His and hers made of wood
There's some real electricity between Adam and Eve! You feel better already, right? These adorable little lamps are made by QAZQA, a brand that aims to make "being unique" accessible for all. Plus, constantly seeing a little helper with a lightbulb for a head is sure to inspire some bright ideas of your own!
Is it just us or does this ceiling lamp look a bit like a tasty green veggie used for dips and pizza? Or perhaps a porcupine?
Either way, statement pieces like this are great conversation starters. Put one in your living room and you'll never have to fish around for small talk when guests come over - they're sure to say something!
We love the way this lamp works as a spotlight in the middle, while still emanating slices of warm light from deep within its leaves. Ambient lighting at its best!
3. A truly striking fixture
Now here's some light(n)ing with attitude. This fun wall lamp is perfect for children's rooms, but also a sassy addition for any fan of pop art, neon signs, Las Vegas, Grease Lightning, thunder storms, Bolt the dog, Harry Potter...the list goes on!
It's another QAZQA design; founder Erik Jansen was inspired by a lamp his dad made over 75 years ago especially for kids, and he's devoted to making his own fun designs to continue the legacy. Luckily so for us kids-at-heart!
4. In the spotlight
Tired of having the same Ikea floor lamp as all your friends?
This unique, heavyweight floor lamp of wood and steel is ideal for task accent lighting - quite literally putting the spotlight wherever you like. Remember what we said about statement pieces? This is definitely one!
Shabby chic is a huge trend in interior design lately, and it doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon. So embrace it - this birdcage pendant lamp is a perfect addition.
One great way to spice up boring beige walls - without upsetting your landlord - is to add a pattern to your lighting. The bars of this unique little lamp leave plenty of space for the light to radiate outwards, but also contribute texture to the surroundings without being jarring.
6. Floral fan-tasy
Ceiling fans all kind of look the same, don't they? Not this one. It retains hints of the classic shape, but with shorter blades and a soft spiraling shape, it's more reminiscent of a flower than a windmill.
7. Think outside the box
...like in a cube, for example. Accent lighting shouldn't be overthought, but it should be thoughtful - these little fixtures are a subtle but stylish alternative to traditional wall sconce lighting. The three-pronged pattern emitted from the cube adds texture and depth to any room without being overpowering.
(Oh, it's designed by QAZQA - surprise!)
8. Rustic simplicity
Industrial meets hipster in this simple wall lamp. It's got a rough, unpolished, no-frills look while still being soft with its round back plate and curved bulb. This lamp is perfect for task lighting or just to add some warmth to an otherwise cool scheme.
9. Daisy decadence
Or, if you're a fan of flower power but want to keep things glamorous, there's nothing quite like coloured glass flowers sprouting from the ceiling. Even better, put a vase with fresh flowers on a table directly below for a slightly surreal but always elegant Alice in Wonderland, world-turned-upside-down experience.
10. Twisted torch
A touch of medieval magic can't be wrong - if you do it tastefully! This elegant fixture will make your home feel like a castle and add a perfect dose of drama. One is great as an accent piece - or light up a whole staircase with multiple fixtures for a truly decadent and delightfully renaissance feel.
11. Basic brass
Decadence isn't your cup of tea? Sometimes the best route is to keep things simple. This fixture is humble and plain, but the polished brass acts as an accent in any dark colour scheme. The unique shape is interesting but not loud, moden yet classic and never overdone - perfect for lighting the dinner table!
This article was produced by The Local and sponsored by lampenundleuchten.de