Hot Lighting Trends

What’s hot and what’s not in lighting for 2009 and 2010?  Check out some of the trends in interior design lighting for this year:

  • Track lighting is out, hidden track lighting is in.  Hidden cables hide the hardware and use low voltage to light up a whole new world of accent lighting.
  • Recessed lighting is out – love the look of the lighting itself but the pockmarked ceiling itself is obtrusive, homeowners and designers alike are finding it so overused in rooms they sometimes call it ceiling acne.
  • Art Deco fixtures – Deco lighting is timeless, going from Victorian to Contemporary interiors.  Particularly nice for a bit of warmth in a a black and white decorated room.  Deco lighting was plentiful, so there’s plenty affordable pieces in the secondhand market.
  • Environmentally friendly fixtures are in – just like in every aspect of interior decorating, eco conscious lighting is brightening the day for eco conscious homeowners.  Dimmer switches help keep energy usage down, as do automated lighting control.  Look for lighting to go more high tech as this trend continues.
  • Larger lighting lingers in design, as great rooms and larger multi-purpose rooms need the big fixtures for scale.
  • Metal bases for table lamps shine with the metallics that are setting the design stage for 2009 and 2010.
  • Barring a metal base – look for more organics, such as bamboo, wood veneers and even vines to be used in lighting.
  • Lighting is going global with Japanese influences sneaking into fabric styles, look for the trend to continue to lighting as well.
  • Multi-dimensional room lighting is here to stay – more homeowners are becoming aware of their lighting needs – ambient, task, accent and decorative.