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Lighting Trends for Spring Summer 2019

Spring is just around the corner and that could mean an update on your home’s decoration and design. One of the simplest and most effective ways to give your home a wonderful update without having to do anything too drastic is simply by changing up your lighting.

 

 

Lighting can make your house ooze in character and sophistication, or it could make it a drab and character-less space. It really is as easy as swapping out those old lamps with something more contemporary to give your house a whole new fresh look.

If you’re thinking about changing up the lighting in your home, these are just some of our favourite trends for Spring Summer 2019:

 

Au Naturale

There has been a massive shift to sustainable, eco-friendly materials throughout the interior decorating industry and that also applies to lighting trends.

Natural textures and raw materials are the new in thing. Thanks to a growing awareness of the dire straits we have landed our planet in, green living has become an ever-popular trend and an opportunity for designers to create some truly beautiful lights.

You can give your home an organic, earthy feel using lighting fixtures made of materials such as wood, bamboo and even concrete.

 

Bold

The one thing that we love about the current place we find ourselves in at the moment in the interior design industry, is that sleek, minimalist trends seem to have found common ground with more contemporary looks.

There is going to be an increasing demand for signature lights or lights that really stand out in a room. These awesome designer light features are really making waves this year and are an excellent way to add something a little different to your home.

 

Chandeliers

Chandeliers and pendants had a massive resurrection in 2018 and in 2019 so we only expect them to grow in popularity. Whether you put a chandelier in the bathroom, the bedroom, the kitchen or in the lounge, it’s going to look right at home.

 

Chandeliers come in so many materials these days, from glass and metal to beaded, natural and crystal - there’s simply something for every taste and to suit the look you want for your home.

 

Future modern

It was always a given that even though we have embraced some of the styles of the past - a nostalgic trip back down memory lane - there was always going to be those designs looking to break the mould and cater for those looking for the ultra-modern lighting designs.

These come in shapes that are sleek, minimalistic and futuristic. Everything from floor lamps to painting lights, hanging bulbs and reading lamps has been tinkered with and these modern and mystifying representations of the new age will fit seamlessly into any modern, minimalist home.

 

Landscape lighting

No, we aren’t talking about lighting that is going to make your garden look spectacular, but rather lighting that is veering away from the traditional vertical hanging fixtures that we know and love.

Vertical lighting spans the width of the room and creates a contemporary, yet clean look to any room in your house. Use exposed bulbs for extra emphasis on the effect that they can have on the lighting in your home.

 

Structures

We seem to be pushing our creative abilities to their absolute peak at this stage of the lighting industry and some of the designs coming out are simply breath-taking. Sculptural fixtures or lamps make a statement in a room and can often be viewed more as art than as lights.

These are some of our favourite lighting trends for 2019. If you’d like to know more about how we can help you upgrade the lighting in your home, please give us a call or simply browse through the amazing ranges on our online lighting store.

Make Your Décor Bloom This Spring

Spring is a time of revival. We celebrate the return of warmth and sunshine after the bleakness of winter. It's almost funny how we greet those first flakes of snow in December with such joy, then by February we are glad to see them well gone.

Your home can celebrate Spring too, with a décor revival that matches the mood of the season. Best of all, your newly created Spring décor will retain most of its charm and joy all year round, so you won't have to break out the paintbrushes and other tools once Summer arrives.

 

Is it time to repaint the kitchen and bathroom?

The kitchen and bathroom are the rooms of your house that will usually benefit most from repainting, and that is especially so in Spring. Adding a dash of Spring colour to your kitchen will make it a bright and cheery space, and almost nobody enjoys spending time in a dull and colourless bathroom.

Perfect colour choices for walls include:

  •          light yellow (R255/G234/B112)- sunny and bright, a colour associated with happiness and warmth
  •          light blue (R112/G181/B255)- the colour of the sky on a warm Spring day, evoking memories of lazy days spent resting on grassy hill sides staring up at the sky
  •          light green (R114/G255/B182) – reminiscent of the freshness of mint and newly cut grass, but you don't want a green that's too intense
  •          light purple (R102/G127/B255) – the colour of lavender, also associated with love, tranquility, and spiritual purity
  •          light pink (R255/G163/B224) – the colour of cherry blossoms, reminding us of that the subtle beauty of nature can affect us most intensely

When it comes to the trim and secondary areas, you'll want some contrast. Here are the best trim colours to use:

  •          When the main colour is blue, green, purple or pink, it is simplest to just trim with white (R255/G255/B255).
  •          When the main colour is yellow, the best trim colour is either blue-grey (R122/G136/B170) or salmon (R255/G112/B134) or brick (R128/G42/B55).

In all cases, the best ceiling colour is white, except when you intentionally want to reduce ceiling reflection (which most interior designers wouldn’t recommend doing in a kitchen or bathroom).

 

How about a greenhouse or conservatory?

If you have enough yard space, installing a greenhouse or conservatory can be rewarding, as you'll be able to grow exotic plants and get your plants off to a thriving start. There is something about wandering into a greenhouse that feels very special.

 

Window boxes: beautiful even when they're not on windows

You may expect that the only suitable place to put window boxes is under windows, but you'd be surprised to learn you can put window box style boxes anywhere on any wall, either indoors or outdoor as you please.

Cleverly building and placing elegantly styled boxes to hold your favourite houseplants will bring the walls to life literally.

Of course it is also fantastic to put window boxes on windows too, but we just wanted you to know it's not the only option.

 

Update your furniture

If your furniture has seen better days or you'd just like a fresh look, shopping for replacements is exciting.

In our King's Road shop you'll find wonderfully interesting furniture choices such as our Jerred and Kildoran chaise lounges, Cleveland high wing sofa, or even the playfully named "Sex" sofa suite. Furniture shopping is never boring at Christopher Wray.

If you really feel like spoiling yourself with indulgent luxury furniture, you’ll love what’s available in the Christopher Wray VIP furniture collection. You'll find a fabulous assortment of classic and contemporary designs clad in luxurious fabrics and leather.

Freshen up your windows

You would be amazed how even something as simple as changing the curtains hanging in the window can completely alter the character of a room. Since it's Spring, bright colours and subtle floral patterns are the best choices.

 

Plant a garden

Perhaps the most obvious of Springtime activities, planting a new garden and investing in some beautiful exterior lighting will give your home an instant lift. This beautifies the outside of your home and can also add value to your property.

While you're at it, you might want to do a bit of indoor gardening as well. Many plants thrive indoors, and there are also terrariums, bonsai trees, and orchids if you want something truly exotic.

 

Celebrate your newly invigorated décor in style

Once you've completed your Spring home update, the best way to celebrate the changes you've made is to invite your best friends to dinner. In keeping with the whole Spring theme you may wish to include some generous helpings of herb roasted Spring vegetables, fresh crusty bread, and cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil in your dishes.