Top 5 Lighting Trends for 2012

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

If you’re contemplating updating any space in your home, you’re probably wondering what the latest and greatest trends are in lighting and light fixtures. Knowing the trends can help you choose light fixtures that not only suit your space, but will give your home a more updated look. Here’s the low down on the top 5 trendiest looks for light fixtures in 2012.

Light Hues

Top 5 Lighting Trends for 2012

For various light fixtures, from table lamps to chandeliers, lighter tones and hues are particularly popular in 2012. This includes hues such as grays and other neutrals, as well as naturals and pastels. This can apply to the finishes of various light fixtures, the bases or the shades. A perfect example of this trend would be a set of lamps may feature a pastel colored base with natural linen lamp shades.

If It Ain’t Baroque…

Top 5 Lighting Trends for 2012

Baroque is a relatively new revival style in which exaggerated shapes and forms from the Baroque period (starting around the 1600s) have been reinvented with a modern flair to suit today’s needs. This style has been affecting light fixtures of all kinds from chandeliers to lamps to wall sconces to pendant lights and beyond. This style also features a plethora of shapes, sizes and colors, making it a surprisingly versatile look.

Crystals

Top 5 Lighting Trends for 2012

In the contemporary world, crystals have reemerged and are reigning supreme. They’re being found on just about every light fixture from table lamps to wall sconces to ceiling fixtures and of course, on chandeliers. When opting for a crystal light fixture, choose one with clean lines and modern styling, as these looks will last for years to come, even when the surge in popularity dies down.

Nature Inspired Lights

Top 5 Lighting Trends for 2012

Though not quite readily available to the majority of markets, nature inspired lights are growing significantly in popularity. This style typically refers to light fixtures that mimic the look of various nature-inspired elements, such as a bouquet of flowers or trees. Though this look is beautiful, it can be quite expensive and furthermore, somewhat difficult to find. However, it is also worth noting that this trend can also refer to more contemporary looks. For example, a set of table lamps whose bases mimic the look of a tree or branch paired with contemporary styled drum shades made from a linen fabric.

Wall Sconces

Top 5 Lighting Trends for 2012

Finally, wall sconces are another trend that is reemerging on the scene. These light fixtures are great for many reasons: first, in a small space, wall sconces can take the place of floor or table lamps, thus saving valuable floor or table space. Secondly, they’re surprisingly easy to install and not all require hard-wiring. Furthermore, they come in a large variety of styles, shapes and sizes so you can find wall sconces to suit just about any space desired.

These are just a few of the many different lighting trends out there. Chances are, if you are looking to update your home’s lighting, there is a trend out there that will suit not only your needs and your budget, but also your style. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

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Minimalist Style Light Fixtures for 2012

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Glamorous, luxurious light fixtures are just one of many trends for 2012. However, on the other end of the scale, many people are finding that they don’t want a chandelier in every room of their house. In fact, they find that they’d much rather prefer to have light fixtures that just do their job: light the space. No fuss, no frills, no excess colors or texture or anything of the sort. Here’s the low down on minimalist style light fixtures.

What is the Minimalist Style?

Minimalist Light Fixture

Many people feel that the minimalist style is simply this: “less is more.” While that’s true, it’s also worth noting that it does not necessarily have to be stark and cold. Of course, this does not necessarily apply to the light fixtures of the style. After all, it’s kind of hard to have a “cold” light fixture. It’s seemingly impossible, after all, just flipping on a light tends to make a room feel warm and inviting.

Minimalist Light Fixture

With this style, it’s free of clutter and unnecessary details. Sure, there might be the occasional striped pattern on a lamp shade or perhaps even a chevron or zig-zag pattern.

What to Look For in Minimalist Style Light Fixtures

Minimalist Light Fixture

To start with, you’ll want to focus on light fixtures that feature clean lines and angles. You can also opt for light fixtures with fluid shapes or organic shapes. However, steer clear of ornate fixtures such as the chandelier, as these are not typical of this particular style of interior design.

 Minimalist Light Fixture

For colors, you want to choose one, possibly two solid colors. Avoid patterns if possible, as these do not compliment the look. However, it is worth noting that if you are only using these light fixtures to compliment another style in your home such as contemporary or mid century modern, then it’s usually okay to opt for larger patterns. Steer clear of small patterns, as these are too cluttered and chaotic for minimalist style.

Light fixtures that work well with the minimalist style include ceiling lights such as track lights and recessed lights. It’s hard to go wrong with recessed lights, at least when looking for minimalist style ones. Very few recessed lights feature any unnecessary ornamentation. For track lights, look for clean lines and solid shapes. Avoid track lights that feature too many details, as these detracts from the style.

Minimal Living Room

Just keep in mind that light fixtures come in a variety of styles, shapes and colors. Don’t feel as though you can’t have a minimalist style chandelier. They are out there, you just have to look for them. The same goes for wall sconces, table lamps and other light fixtures. Minimalist is a style and there are a plethora of options out there for minimalist style light fixtures, you’ve just got to keep your eyes open. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

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