With the ability to make our lives easier or to alter the ambience in a room, lighting should never be overlooked in terms of the capacity to update a room. Anybody who has ever looked at custom built homes as opposed to homes built on speculation knows what a difference beautiful light fixtures can make in a home even in terms of sheer wow factor, let alone their capacity to set a mood or make a task easier. And with today’s trend toward fully using outdoor space in our homes too, the need for additional lighting is expanding even further. Whether you are replacing existing outdated fixtures, building a new home, or newly lighting spaces previously overlooked or underused, you might want to bear in mind some of the popular trends in lighting today.
The hottest lighting trend in 2015 is LED lighting, currently the #1 requested item for new kitchens. For both practical and affordable reasons, LED lighting is in strong demand, particularly in the kitchen, bathroom and outdoor areas, and with the strong demand, manufacturers have been forced to reduce production costs, leading to lower prices. Flexible under counter slighting strips can last for 20 years if used three hours a day. Dimmers are a good idea not only for ambience, but to save on lighting costs too!
Lighting in new places or new ways
Lighting is now easily installable in drawers, cabinets closets pantries and storage rooms, and virtually any other place previously left in the dark.
Wireless lighting in dim outdoor locations
The newest technology keeps getting newer and cheaper. Its now possible to add exterior lighting in those dark pathways or near outbuildings in just minutes at a very low cost.
Wall sconces replace bedside or end table lamps
We’re now seeing more table top space on our end tables and night stands with the use of wall sconces instead of table lamps – makes sense to me! Swing arm styles allow us to tuck them out of the way when not in use.
We’re now seeing pendant lighting in new places, like over the couch either a large pendant singularly or smaller ones in rows. Pendant lighting suspended with metal chains are high in demand, especially vintage and industrial style fixtures. Large bowl and drum pendants are two of the hottest designs. Pendants repeated in a single row over an island, or a mix and match of contrasting pendants is also popular. Sculptural artsy fixtures can provide a contemporary look to a room.
There are a lot of very affordable chandeliers on the market today, with mini versions surging in popularity for bathrooms and girl’s bedrooms, even in laundry rooms. These work well in small suites and apartments as well. A trend toward glamorous extravagance is also emerging, in the form of dramatic crystal chandeliers, and fixtures that look like jewellery pieces, not just in the dining room but above kitchen islands or in high ceilinged entryways too. Industrial style pendants are also very popular.
Warm Metal Light Fixtures
Copper and other warm metals are highly sought after, in overhead or wall sconce lighting as well as lamps. Copper and black is a hot combination, as is black and gold.
Industrial light fixtures are now being introduced in a wider variety of fixtures, including popular copper.
Mixed cage style bulbs and fixtures can work well as a chandelier or in a row over an island.