Lighting is one of the more overlooked aspects of interior design. We tend to fuss endlessly over paint colours and fabric swatches, all the while disregarding the extent to which clever lighting can transform a room, giving it warmth, space and interest. Here, Property & Home takes a look at 2017 lighting trends.
Into the wild
2017 lighting trends have been leaning towards fixtures that are influenced by nature—think refined petal and foliage-inspired designs in soft gold. For a less obvious nod to the trend try organic shapes and natural colours, textures and materials such as rattan, raw wood, bamboo and cork.
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A Mad Men-style mid-century aesthetic has been a mainstay of home décor trends for years, and in 2017 this look has now filtered into the world of lighting—think spare, elegant forms and designs that blend functionality with aesthetics. As well as this, early-century Art Deco designs will also be all the rage: look for fixtures with sharp angles, strong geometric shapes, black, gold and white colour schemes and mirrored and metallic materials.
If the vogue for all things mid-century doesn’t appeal, then opt for modern minimalist designs that use energy-saving LED technology. LEDs emit less heat than traditional bulbs; a feature that means you can have discreet fixtures that offer illumination without bulkiness. This works particularly well in bathrooms. The only downside to this trend is financial—LED lighting has quite a high purchase cost, although its energy efficiency means that you will save money in the long run.
Bold copper and rose gold accents have now become ubiquitous in the world of interiors—and many of us are ready to move on. This year opt for softer matte golds that marry well with neutral shades in a room—creams and greys would be perfect choices—and explore other metals such as nickel, brass and brushed silver.
Geometric patterns were a highlight of 2016 interior trends and this has now transitioned into 2017 lighting trends. Fixtures in angular, geometric designs add a striking sculptural accent to a room and pair well with Scandinavian-style muted hues. Alternatively, try heavier finishes for a more luxe effect.
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Over the top
If minimalism isn’t your thing then oversized, maximalist light fittings that act as statement pieces for a room are a perennially popular option for interiors. Modern crystal chandeliers, big pendant lights over kitchen islands or bold industrial designs can all add a sense of drama to a space.
This year, jewel tones are going to be hugely popular in both the home décor and fashion worlds. When it comes to your lighting, opt for colour-blocked designs in shades such as emerald or deep purple, in hand-blown glass.
Industrial light fixtures have become an increasingly common feature of modern interiors as homeowners become more adventurous with their choices. The key with this trend is to channel a more retro, mid-century aesthetic: think exposed bulbs with filament wires, metallic rustic finishes, stark pendant lamps, scissor-style fixtures and adjustable swing-armed wall and table lamps.
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