WHATS HOT FOR 2015
While there is a tendency to leave lighting on the sidelines during a home decorating project, it is one of the most important features in design. The right lighting can mean the difference between a dull, tired look and a warm, inviting space. Too harsh light feels intrusive and cold, while not enough light feels depressing. So, we’d like to highlight the best lighting trends for 2015 and tips on how to optimize the look!
The industrial influence is still heavy, and this year, we are seeing even more innovative ways to incorporate it in your home. Industrial inspired pieces can be used in spaces other than exposed brick lofts! This metal chandelier is in a simple, round shape which can be used in transitional or modern spaces.
Bare bulbs are also influential of the industrial look; it creates an interesting visual element while keeping it simple and not artificially ornate. We love this antique bronze and leather chandelier from Uttermost.
Something that is very clear is light fixtures have increasingly become more of an art form or the focal point of the room. Vicky Lodge, owner of VML Design & Lighting says “art glass pendants are very popular.” This antique mercury glass mini pendant could make a statement over a kitchen island or in a powder bath.
Design elements that are popular this year are mixing materials. Glass, metal, wood, and crystal with rope or leather accents keep the space looking interesting with an organic touch.
Whatever style you prefer, the key to creating the best illumination for a room is layering the three types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient refers to the overall lighting, such as ceiling mounted fixtures. Task lighting includes table side lamps, under cabinet light, and floor lamps- the type of light that is needed to complete a function. Finally, accent light is used to highlight a particular object or feature, such as pottery, plants, and artwork. When used together, it creates a cohesive, functional space.