LAYER THOSE LIGHTS
I have spoken about lighting in detail in my series on how to get the lighting right but, in short, you need more lighting than you thought.
One overhead pendant is not enough. If it’s all you have then it should be on a dimmer. It should probably be on a dimmer anyway. Then you need to buy more lights. You need a table light for atmosphere and a floor light to throw a soft glimmer up onto your walls. You need a task light to read by and perhaps a light above a picture to show it off. Have your lights on different circuits so you can vary the mood according to what you are doing.
In short; create layers of lights that all do different jobs. Remember that a dark lampshade will throw a stronger light up and down but if you want a softer more ambient light you might want to consider a paler shade that will allow light to escape from all around.
Use lights as pointers to your possessions and consider what you want to light and work accordingly.
I’m always finding gorgeous lights and posting them. Here’s a link to a selection of some from this year.