Modern Trends in Lighting
July 14, 2011
Many of you know Michelle of Ten June is a monthly contributor here, and today she’s back talking about a subject that I adore, trends in modern lighting. I am such a fan of so many of the modern fixtures we’re seeing today, some of them throwbacks that are definitely channeling a retro vibe, others showcasing natural textures in new ways, and better still, new designs in fabulous shapes that become a focal point in a space.
Please welcome back Michelle and her fantastic insight on modern trends in lighting:
“Truly well designed rooms are always always accentuated with good lighting. The lighting in any space holds the power to illuminate and define all of the other elements in the room, as well as set the proper mood.
While lighting is important, it doesn’t have to be taken so seriously that the fixtures are simply functional and therefore boring. A modern trend in home decor is incorporating the use of fun, make-a-statement fixtures that bring a punch of style, whimsy, or even humor to a room. Whether you are searching for a table lamp, a floor lamp, or a chandelier, different styles of modern lighting are that last final detail not to be forgotten, and today, our choices in fabulous fixtures are endless!
One of my favorite trends in modern lighting is the vintage, industrial chic look. Modeled from factory furnishings and rusty, exposed materials, industrial lighting reflects a bare, repurposed and utilitarian design. Oh, and perhaps you’ve noticed, industrial lighting is all the rage!
Another fun modern lighting trend is the mid-century style fixture. Marked by a space-age feel, geometric shapes and increasingly taller shades, these lamps are fun flashbacks of a bygone era.
Similar to the industrial trend is another major style in modern lighting: all things rustic or natural. These fixtures are characterized by textured or smooth materials and shapes, most often pulled straight from outdoor surroundings. Rustic lighting is most often featured in traditional, relaxed home design. Including one of these styles in your space is one more way of adding interesting layers and welcome textures.
If you want to add a punch of modern style to a room, do it with lighting that has contemporary, structural elements. The trend here typically reflects funky shapes or reinvented patterns that cast a dramatic shadow around a room – as if each fixture was a work of art itself. These are the types of light fixtures that make a large statement and are often accused of stealing the show.
No matter what style or shape you choose, modern lighting makes a statement any room.
What are your favorite styles of modern lighting?
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