6 hot lighting trends for 2018

Look into the interior design crystal ball with these 6 hot trends in lighting for 2018

Soft Gold is on trend
Soft colours are growing in popularity, including grey and ‘greige’ (grey plus beige).
Soft gold falls right within this spectrum of soft colours that work so well for contemporary decors to choose for your reno.
Soft gold falls somewhere in the middle of brushed silver and brushed gold. It borrows the soft matte finish of these two hues while bringing out the warmth and mellowness of gold. This also means that it can blend in with almost any kind of décor from modern urban to farmhouse.
Use soft gold lighting to attract attention to specific corners or areas of your living room. A great idea is a soft gold reading lamp illuminating the reading chair and shelf at the corner.

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Industrial is back - but with more class

Industrial has always been about rustic finishes, neutral colours and an emphasis on metal. Retro in making a comeback but in a different way. If you look at modern industrial lighting, there are some stark differences to what you know as traditional industrial. The word we would use is ‘’upgraded industrial’’ or just modern retro.  
Unlike the warehouse-like styles that are common with industrial style, we are seeing sleeker metals – richer and more varied tones and alternative designs.
Shop with us for  fixtures with finer details that look more like a form of art.
If you were hesitant about introducing some industrial aspects to your home, the new modern look should help.
Lesser clutter, more sleekness
Modern décor is based mostly on clean forms. Whether it is a modern couch, a modern kitchen or modern lighting, excessive ornamentation is losing favour. Older lighting fixtures often feature ornate metalwork.
But in a modern home, the complex designs may not blend so well in a clean styled space. So today, homeowners are opting for simpler and cleaner lighting designs that fit in perfectly among modern decors.  
The minimalism trend will become even more popular in 2018 as more low-profile fixtures enter the market. These fixtures focus on simple geometric designs, neutral soft colours and a prominence of form over extravagant aesthetics.
You can work modern clean lighting into any space in your home whether it is the living area, kitchen or bedroom. It works best as a statement piece, especially when used overhead, creating a simple yet bold look.  Let the lighting fixture stand on its own without being crowded by other fixtures. It really pops when used as a reading lamp, overhead light or accent piece.
LEDs are the future right now
Incandescent bulbs are very wasteful. Most of the power is wasted in the form of heat.
This is why there has been a big push to change over to other more efficient and environmentally friendly forms of lighting.  
More and more homeowners are changing over to LED lighting for it’s money and power saving properties, which is far more efficient and lasts for much longer than incandescent bulbs.
Another advantage of LED lighting is the variety of styles available. You can get LED lamps in multiple colors, brightness, shapes and so on. They are a great choice when you need a unique design for your home.

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Bigger is better

For certain areas of the house, homeowners are falling in love with bigger fixtures.
The aim is to create a wow factor and attract instant attention. More than lighting, these fixtures act as centrepieces.
Some come with ornate designs that focus all the attention in a space on the fixture.
Large pendant lighting fixtures can be used over the kitchen island, over the dining table, at the foyer and along exterior footpaths among other areas.
But using larger fixtures requires a lot of care. For best results, use it in a central area where it can create the maximum effect. You can balance it with smaller fixtures around the room to create a nice overall look.
Run your own race
Don’t be pressured to choose a style.
The best lighting design is one that you will love and which will work best in your home.
The above trends are meant to give you an idea of what you can do with your home lighting in the coming year whether you are renovating or building a new home.
Whatever your style, we can help you create the look you want in your home, so talk to us at Lighting Illusions today.