Ceiling Fixture Trends for 2012

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Everyone has them: that go-to light fixture for their general lighting needs. Most of us never think twice about our ceiling lights, but they’re actually the heart of our lighting schemes in almost every room of the home. So if you’re thinking of updating the light fixtures in your home, why not update your ceiling lights? Here’s the low down on ceiling fixture trends for 2012.

Lantern Light Fixtures

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Light fixtures that feature a basic lantern shape are growing in popularity. The lantern shape compliments a variety of popular and trendy home decor styles including industrial, rustic and American themed spaces. Furthermore, hanging lanterns come in a variety of styles, shapes and colors so you’re sure to find the right look for your space. Keep an eye out for rustic looking hanging lanterns, as these will be most popular when it comes to this particular lighting trend.

Eco-Friendly Light Fixtures

Ceiling Lights

Going strong for another year in a row, ceiling fixtures that are also eco-friendly are staying strong in the world of trendy lighting; whether it’s an Energy Star rating or simply swapping out the existing incandescent bulb for a CFL (compact fluorescent light).

Drum Shades

Long gone are the days where a square glass plate cover was the go-to choice for ceiling fixtures in bedrooms, kitchens and other spaces. Today, we’re finding more and more ceiling fixtures to compliment different styles of decor and the drum shade trend is no exception. In 2012, except to see more homes opting for stylish drum shade flush or semi flush mount ceiling lights.

Crystal Light Fixtures

Ceiling Lights

Ceiling lights that feature crystal accents are extremely trendy. Look for light fixtures with spherical crystal accents, as these are clean and stylish with a look that will easily blend into a variety of home decor styles.

Other crystal light fixtures that are growing in popularity, aside from chandeliers and other basic ceiling light fixtures, include wall sconces and table lamps. So keep your eye out, just because you don’t find the right crystal ceiling light fixture doesn’t mean you won’t find the right crystal piece to compliment your home.

On a side note, keep in mind that colored crystals are also growing in popularity. Don’t be afraid to mix and match trendy colors, such as jewel tones, for a unique look.

Old World Glamour

Crystal Light Fixture

Finally, ceiling light fixtures that feature plenty of ornate detailing and old world charm. These fixtures can actually vary in exact style depending on preference. Some people will opt for more rustic pieces, while others will opt for large, glamorous crystal encrusted chandeliers. There is no wrong choice with this particular trend, as ‘old world’ means different things to different people.

These are just a few of the many different home lighting trends out there for 2012. Don’t feel you have to follow these trends either, as there are other options out there! Keep your eyes peeled for the right ceiling fixtures to suit your home. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 45

Which of these is your favorite ceiling fixture trend? Choose from a wonderful assortment of lighting fixtures to enhance your interiors today!

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Going Green When Building a Deck

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

They say there are two ways to do any building project: you can do it the right way or the wrong way. But did you know you can also do it the eco-friendly way? Go green with your wooden deck and install these eco-friendly decking options.

The Frame


By using pressure treated materials, rot, decay and bugs are all kept at bay indefinitely. Unfortunately, the process of making pressure treated materials is a major cause of pollution around the world. Opt out instead for less toxic pressure treated framing materials. Redwood and cedar are great examples of natural decay and pest free wood. Borate injected pressure treated is another non-toxic alternative to toxic CCA pressure treated lumber.

The Deck


Because there are so many planking options available; it’s easy to be green. A very common eco-friendly material is recycled plastic. These recycled plastic polymers are superior to wood in longevity and strength, making them a perfect eco-friendly alternative to wood.



Deck lights are a great addition to any deck project. While a plethora of  lighting options are available from solar powered lamp posts to LED outdoor lanterns—it’s the timers that are often neglected. With a proper timing scheduler, any lighting option can turn on exactly when it’s needed and waste no energy by needlessly turning on during daylight hours.

Stains and Sealants

Because of today’s environmental awareness and attitude, most sealants come in less toxic forms than past products. VOC’s—AKA volatile organic compounds—are common wording on many labels. VOC’s are released into the air you breathe every day—even years later—causing allergies and other lung problems. It’s always a good idea to buy sealants with low or no-VOC’s.


While water-based paints are often thought of as less polluting than oil-based products, consider using an oil-based sealant. It will extend the life of your deck sealant, much further than any water-based product. And that’s good news for your wallet, your deck and our planet.

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