Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
Since the invention of the light bulb, we have been able to brighten up our home no matter what time of day. It has been great to eliminate shadows in areas where there are limited windows or even none at all and allowed us to achieve more in a 24 hour period. Light fixtures have also developed from being just a practical tool into works of art giving homeowners the chance to express themselves and add a touch of elegance to any room. Changing out a light fixture can completely alter or transform a room and with so many countless sizes and styles it can be hard to know which one is right for you. As we approach the close of another year new lighting trends for 2022 could provide helpful information for selecting your next light fixture that will perfectly illuminate your home.
Jewelry in the home
Light fixtures are a practical element in the home but they have also been used as statement pieces and focal points in the room for decades. A well chosen sconce, chandelier, or pendant can affect the aesthetics of any space, giving just the right amount of sparkle and glam. Who ever said functional can’t be exciting too? Lighting influences the atmosphere of a room as well as impacts the overall look, when making your selection keep these things in mind:
Style: choose one that highlights your style.
Purpose: does it need to be the main source of light or is it an accent piece?
Size: this matters if you want to make it the main focal point of a room.
Like a good piece of jewelry, decorative lighting is meant to add elegance and beauty to what is already there in the space such as artwork or specific furniture pieces. A well chosen light fixture can transform an area from ordinary into extraordinary and refresh the entire room. It can also influence the decision of a buyer if you are looking to sell your home in the near future. Evaluate your home and consider if the lighting is giving you what you need.
Bold light fixtures
Bold light fixtures always make a statement and capture the attention of everyone who sees it. Going bold is a great way to create contrast in the room and can even animate a space. There are many materials and tones that can give you that bold look such as:
Dark fixtures against light furniture or vice versa
Fixtures made from unique materials like glass or even wood
Bright metals like bronze or brass
Glass fixtures look stunning in a darker room
Choosing bold light fixtures is a fun way to draw attention to the center of the room or even certain areas with floor lamps and takes your design to another level. Bold colors represent vibrancy and look gorgeous in almost any area of the home, however, it is best used in moderation. One large bold fixture or a few smaller ones bring what is needed to the space without overwhelming the area entirely. Don’t be afraid to choose something a little brighter or larger than you would normally, it could become your favorite piece of the design and add the something you needed. Check out these additional trends that break the mold in a blog from Apartment Therapy. If you want something that will make your guests eye’s shine think about going with a bold choice for your light fixture in a main area of the home.
Delicate and Calm
While we just said bold light fixtures are a great choice, some trends point in the opposite direction. Some are designed to stand out and be seen but some are simply meant to lend their quiet presence to the overall look of the room and function in a more supportive role. Some great examples of this include:
Recessed or canned lighting
Bold and calm lighting can also function in the same room together, working to bring a unified look to the space. For example, a kitchen tends to have a large light fixture over the island but it is usually paired with recessed or task lighting to ensure that shadows are limited. Puck lighting is always a great choice to include with floating shelves as well since they illuminate the area properly without taking away from the main fixture. The purpose of a space also impacts the choice of light fixtures such as a bedroom. We would prefer not to use the main light when we are trying to relax, but a wall sconce or table lamp gives the soft illumination necessary to relax. Home offices and living rooms are also great examples of softer light fixture choices. Remember that pairing the bold and the calm together often results in the perfect lighting balance for almost any area in the home.
Nature inspired light fixtures
Biophilia continues to be a popular trend with the interior design world and that includes lighting. It is no wonder we love to let nature influence our home design since it is a place of calm and renewing for our souls. Some ways to have it are through:
Materials such as glass, wood, and metal lend a sense of nature into the center of the home and make a beautiful statement. Many designers are also drawing inspiration from nature when it comes to the style and shape of light fixtures. From ornate leaves and petals to freestyle water, nature is lending her touch to multiple faucets in the home. Companies like Crystorama and Hudson Valley Lighting are showcasing new options that bring the outdoors calm inside our four walls. If you want a little calm elegance in the home look no further than nature.
Smart home technology is trending with no signs of it slowing down any time soon. People love the convenience of turning off a light simply by tapping on an app or having the ability to set it on a timer. Smart light fixtures are a great choice for difficult areas to reach like the corner of the living room or family area. There is also a peace of mind because if you forgot to turn off a light you can immediately take care of it. Many companies are beginning to incorporate this into their light fixture plus there are options like a smart plug that converts a floor or table lamp into a smart one simply by inserting it into the smart device. It can also be more effective and efficient for your home so ask a designer about utilizing some of this into your design.
Let’s illuminate the new year
Lighting is an important element in the home, it gives us exactly what we need throughout the day to accomplish so many tasks. It also affects every area of the home, from bedrooms to laundry rooms which means it deserves proper attention and planning. Our design team is ready to assist you in shedding the perfect amount of light in your home. Whether you are looking to add more illumination to your kitchen or in need of specialty lighting for a particular area we can help source the exact fixture needed to make your home stand out. Contact us today to get started!