5 Interior Lighting Design Trends
We here at Build.com know a thing or two about lighting. But where does a home improvement company go when it wants to know what’s currently hot in interior lighting? We go to an authority. Today, we’re proud to feature Progress Lighting as a guest blogger.
How we decorate our homes reflects how we live and how we want our surroundings to function and look. The fluctuating economy, updates in materials and the quest to green our environment have all impacted interior design in 2012.
These trends can be seen in lighting design, as well, as fixtures are introduced that meet the wants and needs of today’s consumer both aesthetically and functionality.
Changes in the economy have challenged consumers to reconsider their lifestyles and focus on quality above quantity. As a result, recent lighting designs match the comfort of tradition with simplified design. This trend includes lighting fixtures that feature gentle curving frames, etched glass shades and handcrafted accents.
Lighting collections today are expected to be both aesthetically pleasing and flexible in design. To address these needs, some fixtures are developed for a variety of applications—such as ceiling or wall mount options—or with adjustable frames to illuminate areas as needed.
The calming, cool look of metals is prevalent in current interior designs. As a result, it is common to see lighting collections available in a variety of metal finishes—the most popular in variations of polished nickel and antique bronze.
Lighting makes up 11 percent of the energy consumption of the average American home, and LED and CFL lighting options offer the opportunity to cut this percentage in half. These energy-efficient sources are available in fixtures ranging from close-to-ceiling lights to chandeliers to meet homeowners’ function and design preferences.
One of the most important factors to remember when designing a home’s lighting scheme is to use layers—including ambient, task and accent lighting throughout a room—to make spaces feel warm and inviting. Dimmers are also increasing in popularity because they give inhabitants the ability to control light levels throughout their home. For a gorgeous example of layered lighting, check out this post’s main image at the top of the page.
These five trends are just a few of the popular elements we have seen in today’s lighting options. As the preferences of the current consumer continue to evolve, we look forward to keeping Build.com’s blog readers updated on trends in interior and lighting design.
Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Progress Lighting is committed to manufacturing award-winning energy-efficient products while educating individuals on new options available in solid-state lighting. The lighting manufacturer also responds to the ever-changing needs of the lighting industry with extensive research and development programs that ensure high standards of quality and innovation for the home. Visit www.progresslighting.com, follow on Twitter @ProgressLtg and find on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ProgressLighting.
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