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Hot Trends in Interior LightingJanuary 28th, 2015 by
Fresh paint, updated appliances, new cabinets—these common upgrades spring to mind when considering renovations. But it’s a mistake to overlook the potential of interior lighting to bring new life to your home. Updating and adding modern interior lighting are easy home updates that can make your home a more stylish, more energy efficient, and more pleasant living space. Let’s take a look at the hottest trends in the world of interior lighting.
Loud and Proud
Homeowners and interior designers have forfeited the idea of lighting as purely utilitarian, realizing that lighting options represent an opportunity to express individuality and creativity. Gone are the days of the understated lighting fixture, quietly casting beams and begging not to be noticed. These days, trend-setting homeowners are going bold with their lighting choices. Brightly colored pendants, unconventional designs, and funky track lighting have supplanted the dull lamps of yesterday. You might find nature-inspired chandeliers (think gnarled oak branches or striking elk antlers) in urban lofts or even industrial iron sconces in rural cottages. When it comes to current lighting trends, the rule today is to expect the unexpected.
A Return to Warm Colors
Just a few short years ago, chrome, silver, and satin nickel lighting fixtures ruled the lighting showroom. Not so these days. The classic look of warm metals has made a proud return to prominence. Lighting fixtures of copper, gold, and bronze are all the rage, and homeowners are replacing their cold, steely fixtures with the inviting warmth of these timeless metals. Matte black and dark green hues work as appealing complements to this look, and the trendiest lighting fixtures are capitalizing on the fact.
Chandeliers, Old and New
Once considered mainstays of foyers and formal dining rooms only, chandeliers are finding renewed life in areas of the home never previously considered. Bedrooms, hallways, and even bathrooms have become popular locations for an assortment of chandelier types. Ranging from ornate focal points to subtle accents, chandeliers are bringing a touch of elegance and flair to homes across the country.
A Better Bulb
Nothing is hotter these days than saving money while saving the Earth. LED lighting affords homeowners the opportunity to do both. While LED bulbs have technically existed for decades, it’s only recently that interior-lighting manufacturers have figured out ways to incorporate them into common household fixtures. Still especially popular in kitchens and bathrooms, you’ll nevertheless find these remarkably energy-efficient bulbs in rooms throughout the home. Under-cabinet lighting, overhead ambient fixtures, and even retro-inspired lamps are making use of current LED technology. And fear not: the high up-front cost of each bulb is much more palatable once you consider that the average LED lifetime is around 50 times that of a standard incandescent bulb.
By reconsidering interior lighting updates as exciting and easy home improvement ideas, you can reinvigorate any room of the house, save some money, and stay on top of what’s hot in the world of interior design.
Sources: American Society of Interior Designers; Better Homes and Gardens; Decorator’s Wisdom; ENERGY STAR; Freshome; HGTV; Houzz; Huffington Post.
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