A common theme throughout my consultations with clients is that they aren't in love with the light fixtures in their homes. Whether the fixtures are from the previous home owners, installed by contractors during the construction or chosen by the client's themselves in a moment of frustration, clients aren't feeling like their lighting matches their aesthetic. With so many great light fixtures on the market right now (many of them with low-budget options), there is no longer a need to have contractor-grade lighting. I compiled a list of the top lighting designs that can help solve even the trickiest design challenge.
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1. Exposed light bulbs. This trend started back in 2012 when a fresh new line of fixtures (mostly pendants) hit the market flaunting their naked bulbs. At first the look was received with mixed reviews. How dare bulbs emerge from behind their shade! Despite the naysayers, the trend is still going strong.
To make exposed bulbs work for your home, use them sparingly in accent lighting that hangs above eye level. You don't want to be staring directly into the light accidentally. Also, the bulb type matters - upgrade to Edison or artisan bulbs, it's totally worth it. You don't have to splurge to get the look - a lot of stores are now selling lighting kits that enable you to screw in a bulb and plug the cord in for an instant fixture; the DIY possibilities are endless.
2. Oversized statement pieces. I'm talking about big fixtures here, like pendants more than 20 inches in diameter. While I still recommend choosing lighting that is in proportion to the size of your room, these oversized pendants are great with open-concept layouts. They can be used to divide a space and define separate areas. You can incorporate these fixtures to help transform your favorite coffee table, dining space or even the kitchen island into the focal point of the room.
This trend isn't limited to ceiling lights. Oversized floor and table lamps are flooding the market. Use these lamps sparingly to lend visual excitement and an element of quirkiness to the room.
3. Customized light level. The concept of dimmer lights is anything but new; people have had these in their home for decades. This, however, doesn't mean that the functionality of dimmer lights isn't still fantastic and totally applicable to contemporary design. Most LED and CFL bulbs are dimmable and you can pick up the switches from your local hardware store. Not only does a dimmer switch improve your quality of life at home by choosing the right light level for whatever you're doing, but it also saves energy and money.
Below is an innovative product from Danish product design studio, GamFratesi, that takes the dimmer concept and elevates it to contemporary design. Named the Volume lamp, it takes inspiration from the buttons on the old stereo amplifiers and allows users to turn the light level up and down.
4. A mix of timeless materials. The days of the wood lamp base with a linen shade are over. There is no limitation to the combination of styles you can achieve through your fixture (think iron and crystal, marble and glass, bronze and wood, blown glass and natural fibers, et cetera). Lighting can be as eclectic as any other piece of home decor and can help bring a room to life in new and unexpected ways. If your style is hard to categorize, a lighting fixture with mixed materials may be the decorating solution you need.
5. Plug-in sconces. A lot of clients hesitate to change out lighting because they don't want to go through the process of finding, hiring and scheduling an electrician. A quick solution to this is the plug-in fixture. Most sconces come with an accessible on/off switch and are easy to install - all you need is a drill and an outlet. These fixtures work great for task lighting in areas that you don't need a ton of light. I love this solution so much that I actually have the Factory Wall Sconce (image on the right below) flanking my bed - it is the perfect light for bedtime reading.