The new shop – Thinking about lighting for retail

The new shop – Thinking about lighting for retail

Opening a new shop space ain’t easy, whichever way you look at its there’s a lot to do and boy do I know that! One thing thing that has always been very important to me is to get the lighting right within any retail space I am working with whether it’s my own shop or one belonging to a client. Whether you are looking to spot light products, light up a dark corner, add some atmosphere or even use LEDs for a colourful glow it is important to consider your approach.

For those of you have been keeping abreast of movements in the new shop space you will see that the ceiling heights are glorious in the new building which is great to have but at the same time it presents another challenge. The previous shop had a suspended ceiling and as such I installed a whole range of LED downlighters giving the shop a natural daylight effect whilst also saving as much energy as possible. In the new space I have lovely big windows and dual aspect light from the windows at the front and the side of the building so the challenge is different. I need to bring the light down to a more practical level and doing so with suspended lighting adds a lovely feature and enhancement to the space.


Groups of suspended lighting are the best way to create design impact, nothing speaks of grandeur more than lengths of cable that really demonstrate your ceiling heights. If you’re considering using suspended lighting in your home remember that if the light hangs over a piece of furniture you can hang it lower as you don’t need to worry about whacking your head on it, it’s the biggest mistake I see in so many homes; lights hugging the ceiling. 


  1. Large black Bestlite pendants, remember to hang them low over a table for a designer feel
  2. Inject some colour with the Verner Panton flowerpot lights in gorgeous glossy colours
  3. As above, consider how the shape and style of a light fitting can really set the style, go go retro!
  4. Use small lighting in clusters for maximum impact, the gold/brass detailing is very classy.
  5. Consider the lighting spread, pendants often shine one way… down!
  6. Want something on trend? Marble is marvellous
  7. Think about using the same lights in different sizes for coherent but practical schemes


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Ashley Sutcliffe, owner of Live Like the Boy, online and real interiors shop and fun informative blog

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