Lighting isn’t just good for brightening up your room — you want it to look good even when it’s not turned on. The elements that come together when the right lighting is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style.
“This year we are seeing a variety of design styles and finishes when it comes to interior lighting design trends,” notes Wendy Rensenhouse, of Rensen House of Lights.
In the finish department burnished gold is still gaining popularity. This is not the shiny, brassy gold from the 70’s but a much warmer, rich tone. Mixing metal finishes on lighting is also a hot trend — traditional bronze finishes with burnished gold accents or black iron with brushed nickel and chrome finishes are all used on the same chandelier or pendant. Natural wood finishes or finishes that appear to be natural wood are also very popular. Artisan glass treatments such as mercury glass, seedy glass or glass with smokey tinted finishes are a big trend.
“In the design department, we’re seeing a influence of mid century modern design in many of the decorative lighting choices and the iconic ‘Orb’ or ‘Sphere’ is still very popular,” expressed Wendy. “There continues to be the influence of industrial, restoration-type lighting design, but it’s a bit more refined than in previous years.”
All types of open cage designs for entry/foyer lighting are trending. They’re easy to maintain, without the worry of having to clean glass. “Most definitely lighting designs are becoming more streamlined, less ornate and that’s refreshing!” shares Wendy.
This chandelier/pendant combines a black mesh ironwork drum shade and chrome finishes, giving off an industrial accent to a very modern design. Add a pair of oversized mercury glass pendants and you have mastered the latest lighting design trends of mixing metals, textured finishes and unique glass accents.
Kichler: Titus Collection
This one light pendant features an adjustable arm design allowing for a customized look. Shown in Etched White Opal glass and a Polished Nickel finish.
Kichler: City Loft Collection
The dressed up rustic styling of this four light chandelier and accompanying mini pendant opens new possibilities sure to enhance your décor. Open Iron Anvil mesh surrounds and protects the Vetro Mica shades which in turn cast a satisfying and comforting illumination in your home.
Kichler: Ahrendale Collection
Evoking a sense of strength and style, the Western Bronze finish is a rich matte and the arms are comprised of long rectangular links holding the piece together. The clear seedy glass adds a touch of elegance to the simplistic framework.