2018 brings an increased interest in lights and lighting. Updating your decor by tweaking light fittings is also an easy visual solve. There’s an awareness that lighting influences our moods and feelings and, as a result, we’re seeing a renewed focus on the quality, colour and energy of lighting. These new trends may shock some, but they’re making an ambitious entrance this season:
1) Industrial vintage twist: Hipster-inspired designs of the industrial décor trend are still popular, but the vintage-inspired trend has burst onto the scene with enthusiastic zeal. Early 20th-century Victorian style fittings have had an antique influence, think weathered paint effects and distressed patinas. We’re also seeing antique style bulbs and mechanical detailing with vintage pendants and sconces in soft gold and copper. Artisanal fixtures, manufactured by local artists and craftspeople, add creative expression with a personal touch. A handcrafted element is also a strong focal and talking point. If made with natural elements, all the better, as the focus shifts from tech to the natural world.
2) Earthy luxury: With such a focus on green living, an emerging trend in lighting design is natural or organic-styled lighting. There’s a focus on well-being that excludes the use of technology. The result is a delicate, earthy influence, inspired by nature and reflected in the use of organic materials. There’s a move towards low-cost recycling of metals and textiles over plastic. Casual, contemporary designs are extremely popular and glass features predominantly with its characterful elegance and colour choices.
3) Mixed metals. Warm metals are a serious décor trend this year particularly in pendant lighting which emulates the most beautiful jewellery. Shades and tons of soft non-reflective gold, copper and rose gold are ever popular as are steel and chrome but they won’t last forever. Look out for brass and silver metallics as they emerge from up and coming global trends.
Beautiful homes will reflect any of these or a delicious combination of them. Texture is key – stippled, hammered and aged metals give a varied and interesting finish.
4) Concealed lighting.
Reading corners, rooms divided by lighting and little spaces for different tasks come together in one zone with a seamless finish.
This is a look that’s practical for urban and office spaces. Comfortable corners allow for relaxation in style and offer a sense of gentle well-being, especially where concealed lighting provides ambience and subtlety.