More home-furnishings companies are adding light fixtures to their lines — proof that we are all embracing lighting as a central component of our interior spaces.
Well-chosen light fixtures can be key statement makers in a room, and critical components of a well-designed interior space. Today’s designers are pushing the boundaries, tapping into their reservoirs of 100-watt creativity to fashion lighting that truly makes a space brilliant.
More home-furnishings companies are adding light fixtures to their lines — proof that we are all embracing lighting as a central component of our interior spaces. Here are some ways to work lighting into décor.
I’ve always loved interior spaces that look evolved, not staged or matchy. We are no longer handcuffed by the notion that we should pick one style of lighting and use it exclusively throughout our homes. If you are tired of rigid design categories, such as “traditional” or “contemporary,” use your lighting to give your rooms a unique vibe that defies labels. How about hanging a modern pendant light over your traditional dining table? Or an antique chandelier in your contemporary kitchen? All of us have a different sweet spot when it comes to mixology.
The more you scout for fixtures that tell the story of your home, the more playful and interesting your interior spaces become. Light fixtures that make a bold statement are trending in interior design right now. We are loving all the variations on ceramic lamps, which come in every shape and color imaginable, topped with interesting shade shapes.
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Also popular are oversize lamps, pendants and chandeliers. Designers have taken the rules about how big or small your light fixtures have to be, torn them up and thrown them out.
But you don’t have to go big for your light fixture or lamp to make a statement. Some fixtures are intricate and striking and look more like hanging sculptures. Others are noteworthy because of the interesting materials used to make them, such as the rustic industrial pieces that mix weathered metal, glass and Edison bulbs.
The design world is smitten with the warm metallic finishes of gold, brass and copper. Today’s updated metal light fixtures are wildly diverse, from weathered and brawny industrial pendants that look like they were snatched from an early-20th-century warehouse, to glitzy and glamorous Hollywood-inspired chandeliers featuring gold, Lucite, crystals or baubles.
Nostalgia is big right now, and designers are reimagining iconic fixture styles for nearly every decade of the last millennium.
Another popular style is ceramic lamps that have neutral, colorful or patterned bases, and structured drum or rectangle shades. Their clean lines and clear tones make them an ideal fit for just about every home.