Some think of lighting as jewelry for your living space, meant to make a bold statement with colors, shapes, and textures. But we rely upon lighting as so much more: It illuminates the spaces in which we walk, cook, read, and otherwise live. In other words, the right lighting serves two purposes: to help jazz up your décor as well as to perform necessary tasks. When choosing the appropriate lighting for your most beloved spaces, it’s important to consider both design trends as well as function.
While we often frame trends by year, most ebb and flow within a span of seven to 10 years, meaning that making an investment in trendy items typically will serve your home longer than anticipated. If you’re looking to make minor updates to your most-used spaces, switching out lamps, sconces, pendants, and even chandeliers is one of the easiest (and least costly) ways to make a dramatic impact.
Here are a few lighting trends designers are seeing in 2017:
Mid-Century Meets Modern: If you’re an HGTV-aholic, you know Mid-Century’s influence on contemporary design. Understated with clean lines and curves, this style is often sprinkled throughout rooms where other design styles already reside. Lighting is a perfect medium for this form-follows-function attitude!
Geometric/Sculptural: Think of lighting as art. Think of how the illumination itself is part of the design: the highlights and shadows splayed across walls and ceilings help shape the mood of the room. These lighting fixtures come in an array of geometric shapes, from squares to spheres, from hexagons to triangles, often using mixed materials such as wood and metal.
Industrial: Turn an old metal pipe into a kitchen island pendant? I think I will! But if you’re not into scavenging the salvage yards and DIYing, plenty of lighting manufacturers are creating industrial-looking lighting that has all of the edgy, rugged look of recycled materials meets modern style.
Mixed Metals: Yes, you can mix together the varied tones of brass, gold, silver, nickel, and copper! No longer is your kitchen restricted to only silver tones because you have stainless steel appliances. Mixing two or three metals in the same room warms the space and gives off a contemporary flair. Gold, in particular, is making a huge comeback.
LEDs: LED bulbs are becoming more and more the norm due to their long lifespan, energy efficiency, and environmental friendliness. Today, even the popular retro Edison bulbs come in LED, so now’s the time to take stock!