Hugo Fleming, Design Director of multi award-winning local interior design studio Cranberryhome, takes a look into the new lighting trends set to be popular this year…
Ask any reputable interior designer what tricks they might have up their sleeve, and you may just get the answer: lighting!
Lighting can be linked to room atmosphere and, without good ambience, a room simply struggles to work. Get lighting right, and the room really pops and connects with the users on every level.
Lighting types can be subdivided into ambient, task, accent and decorative, not forgetting the most important: natural light.
Think about layering a room with a combination of the above elements rather than one stark central pendant light, then you will start to feel the difference.
This season metallic and marble floor lamps are going to be popular. Marble is a beautiful and long-lasting material with natural qualities and pairing marble with metal gives an elegant look in your home, elevating a space.
Art Deco lighting is seeing a comeback (that’s the iconic design era of the 1920s).
However, with less of the glitz and glamour of recent reinventions, new lighting designs are more subtle and approachable.
Hand-made is big this year, even better if you can make it yourself for that ultimate satisfied feeling.
There is so much variety out there from paper, rattan and bamboo.
Filament bulbs add a rustic look to a room and add a sense of warmth due to their warm white appearance.
These look great both on and off and can create a stunning centrepiece for a dining table.
Go ultra-modern and design your own neon light for that ultimate party venue; it sure would be a talking point!
Design a lighting plan to study all areas and functions of your room. Consider what you wish to light up with general light, then focus on niche areas of the room which might need task, accent or decorative pieces.
Whatever you consider, it’s always a good idea to integrate control via smart devices or simply a dimmer
switch to create the perfect setting for your room.
Hugo is Design Director of Cranberryhome, the multi award winning interior design and property styling studio in Milton Keynes. Often found at Ask an Expert at Grand Designs Live, Hugo is in demand as an interior designer all over the UK.