Lighting Design is a central aspect of your home’s design. You can manipulate your home’s atmosphere just by how you position the lighting and the kind of fixtures you use. Lighting design also changes from room to room. What works in the living room will not necessarily work in the kitchen or the bedroom. While 2017 will not bring any radical changes in lighting design, there are several notable trends every homeowner should take note of.
- Soft Gold is the New Popular Finish
Homeowners have fallen in love with colors such as grey and greige (grey plus beige). Soft gold falls right within this spectrum of soft colors that work so well for contemporary decors to choose for your remodel. This means that it can blend in with almost any kind of décor from modern urban to farmhouse.
How to use it: Look for fixtures that accentuate the gold. You can also check for fixtures that complement with other soft colors like grey or matte silver. Use soft gold lighting to attract attention to specific corners or areas of your living room. A great idea is a reading lamp illuminating the reading chair and shelf at the corner.
- Retro and Industrial Styles are Coming Back but in More Refined Forms
Industrial has always been about rustic finishes, neutral colors and an emphasis on metal. We are seeing retro making a comeback but in a different way. If you look at modern industrial lighting, there are some stark differences to what you know as traditional industrial. Shop around and you will find retro fixtures with finer details that look more like a form of art.
How to use it: Use modern retro lighting to create a unique twist to an area. These lighting designs are popular for places like the kitchen work area, above the dining area or as wall lighting. You can even use the fixture itself as a piece of art on the wall or the centerpiece of your home. Do not be afraid of industrial. It is no longer the brutal, “unfinished” style that belongs to a niche of retro punk fans.
- Vintage Edison-Style Bulbs, A Warmer Retro Style
Vintage Edison-style bulbs add to the 2017 retro lighting trends with homeowners loving the nostalgic design of these fixtures. The rounded cone shape makes the bulbs especially homey and perfect for areas like the living area and kitchen.
How to use it: Vintage Edison bulbs are best used in enhancing a retro/industrial style. They can help add some warmth and soft beauty to industrial elements. These lights are a great place to start if you are looking for a soft introduction to the retro style. They are not extreme industrial, have a certain comfy feel to them and you can find plenty of updated designs in the market.
- Mid-century Modern and Art Deco are Making a Comeback
For years, Art Deco and Mid-century Modern styles have been go-to favorites for interior design. But for some reason, lighting has not followed the same trends. But that is changing with more and more Mid-century and Art Deco designs filling the market.
How to use them: Art Deco is an artful lighting style. Overhead Art Deco fixtures are especially good at adding strong geometric designs to a space. The 2017 Mid-century lighting trend falls more towards fun and laid back. Use it to add an informal slightly artful feel to a space.
- Less Clutter, Cleaner Lines
Modern décor is based mostly on clean forms. Whether it is a modern couch, a modern kitchen or modern lighting, excessive ornamentation is losing favor. Older lighting fixtures often feature ornate metalwork. But in a modern home, the complex designs may not blend so well in a clean styled space.
How to use it: You can work modern clean lighting into any space in your home whether it is the living area, kitchen or bedroom. It works best as a statement piece, especially when used overhead, creating a simple yet bold look. Let the lighting fixture stand on its own without being crowded by other fixtures. It really pops when used as a reading lamp, overhead light or accent piece.
- LED’s are Getting Cheaper
More and more homeowners are changing over to LED lighting for it’s money and power saving properties, which is far more efficient and lasts for much longer than incandescent bulbs. Another advantage of LED lighting is the variety of styles available. You can get LED lamps in multiple colors, brightness, shapes and so on. They are a great choice when you need a unique design for your home.
- Bigger is Better
For certain areas of the house, homeowners are falling in love with bigger fixtures. The aim is to create a “Wow” factor and attract instant attention. More than lighting, these fixtures act as centerpieces. Large pendant lighting fixtures can be used over the kitchen island, over the dining table, at the foyer and along exterior footpaths among other areas.
How to use larger fixtures: Using larger fixtures requires a lot of care. For best results, use it in a central area where it can create the maximum effect. You can balance it with smaller fixtures around the room to create a nice overall look.
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