Lighting can create exactly the mood you want to cultivate in each room of your home. With the help of new technology, lighting can make the environment safer, brighter, more comfortable and more appealing. Trendy new light fixture designs can add brilliance and style to a home’s décor. Let’s discuss 4 of the latest interior lighting design and technology trends for 2017.
1. LED Technology Is the Most Important Lighting Trend for 2017
Consumers are abandoning older lighting technologies such as incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lights. In their place, they’re installing new energy-efficient LED lamps and light fixtures designed to illuminate more efficiently than the older technologies used to.
This trend is gaining more steam with each passing day. The technology is becoming more approachable, with LED bulbs and light fixtures now being widely available. LED technology is getting cheaper in price, making the upfront investment less onerous than it used to be. Homeowners are motivated to transition to LEDs based in large part on the resulting reduction in long-term utility costs.
This trend is here to stay. The US Department of Energy predicts that LED lighting will dominate the marketplace by the year 2030 with a 75 percent market share.
2. Gold Is the New Go-To Finish for Light Fixtures
In 2017, mixing metals is accepted practice in interior design. We’re in a period of transition. A few years back, the go-to metallic surfaces were polished chrome, stainless steel, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze. Things are shifting in favor of warmer, brighter metals: Brass, soft gold and copper are trendy now.
Soft gold is shaping up to be the most important finish for chandeliers, wall sconces, floor lamps and other light fixtures. It harmonizes well with the satin brass that’s becoming popular for drawer pulls, cabinet hinges and other kitchen hardware.
3. Smart Lighting Is Making Homes Safer and More Comfortable
New technological advances give you the option to control your home’s lighting system remotely. If you want to automate certain aspects of your home’s lighting design, you now have all the necessary technology at your fingertips. You can automate your home’s lighting on its own if you like; load up on wireless dimmers, switches, keypads, hubs and plugs, then use them to configure a lighting scheme that you can control via your mobile devices and the Internet. Another alternative is to utilize a complete system for home automation. This would incorporate both lighting and other systems. Either way, you’re likely to enjoy increased convenience, energy savings and home security.
4. In 2017, Anywhere Is a Good Spot to Put a Light
In times past, there were some unspoken rules about where you were expected to put lights:
- You put a light over the dining room table.
- You put an overhead light squarely in the center of each room.
- You put a light on your desk and another over your nightstand.
- You put a night light in each child’s bedroom and one in each bathroom.
How things have changed since those days. In 2017, you can feel free to put lights anywhere. The technology enables you to install lights in your bathroom shower, under your kitchen cabinets, inside your drawers and in the darkest recesses of your closet. There’s no reason to ever fumble around in darkness again.
These are 4 of the most significant lighting design and technology trends we’ve observed so far this year. We expect to see increasing interest in these items as 2017 progresses. Whether you’re redecorating, going green, remodeling or simply curious about the latest lighting trends, we hope this information has empowered you with the details you need.