The director Aaron Rose once said “In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” As a film director, he would know, as his job is literally translating everyday moments into cinematic magic. Designer lighting can have the same impact on your home.
For example, think of the Golden Hour. In case you’re not familiar, the Golden Hour is the hour immediately following sunrise as well as the hour leading up to sunset. Think of the way it can transform things you see every single day into a kind of magical kingdom.
Updating your interior lighting design has a similar effect on your home. Considering how important our home is to our general happiness and sense of well-being, this is one of the best investments you can make into your living space.
Here are some tips on updating your home with designer lighting, to help you see your home in the best possible lights!
How To Update Your Home With Designer Lighting
Before we begin discussing designer lighting in earnest, let’s start with a couple of basics. First and foremost, designer lighting trends have changed quite a bit over the last 10 years. There’s far less of a general trend and far more personal tastes. If you were to read designer magazines from the ’80s and ’90s, you might be led to believe that you simply need to rip out your lighting fixtures every single year and send them straight to the landfill.
That heritage cut crystal chandelier you inherited from your grandmother? Get rid of it! This year’s lighting trend is unadorned fluorescent lights in a utilitarian shop fixture.
Had you listened to that obviously absurd advice, you’d have good reason to be upset when tastes inevitably came back around in a year or two.
In 2020, we better understand the cyclic nature of tastes and trends. So think of updating your home with designer lighting as less about “keeping up with the Joneses” and more about self-expression and achieving some particular goal for your home.
Secondly, before we delve into how to update your light design, let’s pause and consider why you might want to do so.
Reasons To Update Your Lighting Design
The philosopher and sociologist Marshall McLuhan liked to quip “a fish doesn’t know that it’s wet.” That was his clever analogy for pointing out that we often don’t notice things we are surrounded by all day, every day. It’s simply the air that we breathe and the environment that we walk through.
That means that we might not think much of subtle details about our home like the lighting. That’s too bad, as it’s one of the simplest ways we can rejuvenate our living spaces without making major structural revisions.
Here are some other reasons you should think about updating your lighting design.
Brightens The Mood
Ambient lighting, which is the name for the main lighting for a space such as overhead lights or wall sconces, is probably the single most impactful element on the overall mood of a space. Think about the somewhat dingy light of a low wattage light bulb, which can leave you feeling fatigued and uninspired. Or the way that clinical fluorescent light can leave you feeling anxious and on-edge.
Having the wrong lighting for the intended function of a space can be entirely counter-productive. Taking the time and effort to update the lighting on rooms where you spend a lot of time will liven up that space’s energy. You’ll feel lighter, brighter, more optimistic, inspired, and capable of doing whatever it is you’re trying to do.
Makes Tasks Easier
Have you ever tried to vacuum in a poorly lit room? It’s like trying to mow the lawn at midnight. What about drawing using only directional lighting?
The shadow of your hand and arm means you are quite literally getting in your own way, obscuring any chance you might have of rendering something detailed and beautiful.
Taking the time to really think about what you’ll be doing in a particular room means you’ll be able to choose the right lighting for the job. Absolutely everything will be easier as a result, helping you to live efficiently, productively, and with as little stress as possible.
Draws Attention Where You Want It To
Have you ever stopped and thought about the endcaps at supermarkets and department stores? Think about how they’ll display their best and brightest items in these prominent positions. Or perhaps they might promote particular items, like a seasonal display.
These displays are saying something subtle but obvious – “look over here! Don’t you want this?” It’s a simple, undeniable way to direct someone’s attention.
Lighting can have the same impact in your home. It can direct people through a space almost as much as the furniture layout. It’s also another way to subtly re-design a room.
Perhaps you might invest in some new art for your walls or maybe some new decor. You might draw attention to these new items with directional lighting, like track lighting. It’s like having a whole new room before you know it!
Lighting has come a long way in the 21st Century. Modern light bulbs and fixtures are far more energy efficient than what we had 30 years ago. This means that not only does updating your lighting rejuvenate your space, you’ll save money and the environment at the same time!
This alone makes updating your interior lighting design worthy of consideration. First of all, electricity isn’t cheap. We should all be looking for ways to save on utilities as much as possible. Modern light bulbs last a lot longer than older bulbs, as well, so you’ll use less resources in light bulbs as well.
Saving money on electricity is one of those rare moments in life where you can save money and help the environment at the same time. It’s truly a win-win, and is one reason that every homeowner should at least do a lighting survey to see if there are ways they can update their lighting to be more environmentally friendly.
Designer Lighting Trends To Brighten Your Home
Now that we’ve taken a look at some of the reasons you should consider doing a lighting redesign for your home, let’s take a look at some recent designer lighting trends to give you some inspiration.
Architectural Floor Lamps
In interior design, as in other forms of design, every single element should fulfill a function. If something doesn’t meet a particular goal or serve a specific purpose, it runs the risk of simply becoming clutter. It can also take away from the overall aesthetic of a room, leaving the design seem unfocused and vague.
With that in mind, every object in a room should be of interest or perform some specific function. Architectural floor lamps do both, acting as de facto sculpture in their own right while also helping to illuminate a space.
Consider the interesting Floor Lamp S, which come in a variety of shapes, colours, and materials. Their design is just a simple frame, making them minimal and unobtrusive, but you can also add some subtle drama to a room without adding another object to take away focus. Their minimal boxy frame could also serve as a frame to embellish upon, as well. You could add some hanging plants or other hanging ornaments, for example.
Now your lamp is doing triple duty, acting as a light source, a sculpture, and a shelf!
There’s been a trend towards natural materials in every aspect of interior design for a number of years now. Perhaps we’re all getting burned out on the artificial and the manmade. Or maybe we’ve grown tired of the sometimes cold affect that can come with certain hyper-minimal modern designs.
Incorporating a light that involve natural materials and organic shapes is one way you can bring a naturalistic aesthetic into your interior design without much effort. Consider finding a lamp made out of natural materials, for instance, like wood or sandstone. Or you could find a lighting fixture that resembles some natural detail like a star.
This is a guide for designer lighting, after all. Not all of the interior lighting design trends should be throwbacks, in light of that fact. Luckily, there have been enough futuristic lighting innovations in recent years to light up Times Square.
If you’re looking for a simple, easy way to rejuvenate the lighting in a space, look into some of the smart lighting solutions that have been coming out. Many smart bulbs, like the Philips Hue for instance, can be quite inexpensive. You didn’t used to be able to get good quality colored directional lighting for less than several hundred dollars.
Most smart lights come with some sort of app to control them, as well. These apps can allow you to program detailed, intricate light shows with minimal time or effort. Your living room could look like something out of Epcot Centre or Tron before you know it!
Brass And Gold Fixtures
Tastes have been trending towards the rich and deluxe for a number of years, as well. Even something as simple as having a gold or brass lamp or light fixture will do a lot to help make a room look more lavish.
Consider this sphere gold table lamp, for instance. It’s a relatively simple design, not as busy as the more modern lamps we were looking at earlier. It’s less likely to dominate a space, in that instance, making it the perfect way to add a touch of class and elegance without being boastful or flashy.
You can achieve a similar effect with wall fixtures like this rose gold wall lamp by Mayfair, for instance. Rose gold has been trending for a number of years at this point, as well, so updating your wall sconces in rose gold is bound to generate some compliments and conversation. They have the additional benefit of seeming both modern and ancient, which is another running theme through a number of the design trends we’ve been discussing.
These rose gold light fixtures would look as at home in a 19th century library or drawing room as in an upscale parlour in 2020. That also means they’re not as likely to go out of fashion as quickly as other more timely design trends.
Speaking of classic designs that have been coming back in fashion, Edison bulbs have become more and more popular with each passing year, it seems. This is good news in our world, for a variety of reasons. Like with the gold or brass fixtures we just mentioned, we love decor that manages to be both timely and timeless at the same time.
The radiant glass globe of an Edison bulb would look as at home in a Victorian design scheme as in a minimal modernist design. They can add a bit of classic steampunk drama and romance while also seeming like something you’d see in a trendy boutique in London. This also means that virtually everybody loves them!
There you have it. These are a few of the recent designer lighting trends that have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Hopefully you’ve had a few lightbulb moments for your own lighting designs!
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