The clocks have gone back; days are shorter, nights are longer, and we’re grateful to have lighting to keep our homes and businesses illuminated and functional. Electrical lighting is an indispensable item for modern living, but far from being purely functional, we love to adorn our homes with beautiful pieces that not only give us the light we need but also style and a touch of glamour too.
As the old year hurries towards its conclusion, let’s take a look at lighting trends for the New Year and see what will be illuminating our lives in 2019.
Natural Lines and Natural Materials
One of the most popular lighting trends of 2018 was a return to simple, natural designs and this shows no sign of disappearing in 2019. Simple, clean lines with clever functionality are the keystones of this trend, with Scandinavian inspired designs leading the way. Despite their simple appearance, these lights are clever and adaptable.
Think wood, concrete and marble combined with energy efficient bulbs and controllability via apps and you’ll be getting the picture.
Opulent Lighting Reminiscent of Another Century
If you’re not a minimalist at heart, you’ll love the more opulent designs that take us back to another era. Retro styles are still very much in vogue, and yet, while they may look like lighting from former years, their performance is bang up to date incorporating state-of-the-art technologies and energy efficient features.
Made from glass to give a clear bright light, this style of lighting reminds us of bright, glittering jewels that are always the focal point in any room. Choose from clear or coloured glass to send glittering shards of light around your room.
Look to the Future
Lighting is no longer just a functional necessity; it can be an artwork in its own right. Imaginative, futuristic designs with cylindrical bases, angled lines and shapes reminiscent of UFOs work well in minimalist homes to give a focal point that’s simple but eye-catching.
Check out modern overhanging floor lamps, complete with elliptical shaped diffuser shades. They’re the perfect option as a reading lamp or as a main source of light over your dining table. Or take a look at the Backwell floor lamp with its twisted cylindrical shade – it’s sure to be a talking point!
Romance is Far from Dead
If sleek, futuristic lighting is not your style, you may prefer to fill your home with lights and lamps that are softer, more curved and made from light, natural materials that allow the light to shine through to create a warm and welcoming ambience.
These styles radiate warm, indirect light to add a cosy glow and make any room more inviting. Made from Birch wood veneer and Copper Aluminium, the Decorum with its organic closed tulip shape offers a warming radiance that’s as atmospheric as it is beautiful.
Metallics are Here to Stay
The popularity of metallic finishes shows no signs of diminishing and metallic lighting, whether gold, chrome or brass, is still as alluring as ever. Metallics go with every kind of furnishings and can be used in all kinds of colour schemes.
Prefer something cool and icy – go for chrome – if you need to tone the metallic down you can opt for brushed finished. If you want to warm up your colour scheme, coppers, gold and brass are the perfect choices.
There’s a Lighting Style for Every Home
Trends come and go, but creative lighting designs will always be a staple. Whatever kind of home you live in, whether it’s large or small, traditional or modern, well chosen lighting can make all the difference to the ambience that you want to create.
Take some time to browse our entire collection of lighting designs and get in touch with us if there’s something we can help you with.