Lighting might not be the first thing you think of when you're searching for decorating trends, but it can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your home. And, just like with fashion, each year brings new designs and innovations. To help inspire you, we've pulled together five of this year's top lighting trends, along with suggestions for incorporating them into your home.
Soft and Warm Metals
Expect to see a lot of gold fixtures and finishes this year along with copper, brass, and rose gold. Soft gold is both luxe and mellow, it mixes effortlessly with other metals, and works well with just about any decor, from farmhouse to contemporary. Mix it into your existing lighting scheme by adding a gold-accented chandelier to your entryway or dining room, or go with a classic gold-hued lamp in your reading nook or bedroom.
Industrial lighting's been a trend for awhile now, but the traditional warehouse look, with its emphasis on cold metals, wood textures, and neutral colors, has a whole new vibe this year. This updated version of industrial keeps its urban edge, but has a sleeker, more modern look. The perfect room to update with modern industrial lighting – the kitchen – especially in combination with natural wood cabinets, or any other large, open living space.
The Edison bulb combines vintage charm with industrial design – and it's making a major comeback this year. With a distinctive rounded cone shape and visible filaments, Edison bulbs add a warm glow to whatever space they're used in. String lights featuring Edison bulbs make a festive outdoor display for your patio or deck. Indoors, try grouping several pendant lights or even a chandelier featuring Edison bulbs over your dining room table, or add Edison bulb wall sconces to your hallway or bathroom.
We've been singing the praises of LED lights for a while around here, so we're not surprised they're one of this year's top lighting trends. Designed in simple linear and geometric shapes, minimalist LED lights are perfect for modern and contemporary homes, yet they're versatile enough to fit in with just about any type of decor.
LED bulbs last longer and they're more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, which is why we use them exclusively in our SnapPower lights. You can easily incorporate the LED minimalist trend into your home simply by replacing the current outlets in your hallway, kitchen, bedroom or any living space with our sleek and modern Guidelights or Safelights.
Upgraded Switch Plates
Let's face it: switch plates are a design afterthought that you only notice when they're dirty. This year, though, that's going to change. Whether you choose to go bold or minimalist, there's a switch plate out there to match your style. One smart option is our new SwitchLight, which easily converts your light switch into a convenient nightlight. It's a subtle but effective way to transform a room.