Whether you’re building, renovating or making simple changes to your home, use this guide to shine a light on lighting design trends for 2018.
Decorative light globes, low-hanging pendant lighting and natural textures in everything from kitchen lighting to funky floor lamps will play a stellar role in lighting trends this year. Here’s what to watch to stay one step ahead…
Natural textures for grounded lighting
“In 2018, everyone will be looking for ways to get more connected to nature,” says Jessica Bellef, head of styling at Temple & Webster.
Natural materials, such as sisal, rattan and cane, will take centre stage in our home lighting this year, and will move beyond being used simply for coastal-style houses.
“This plays on our fascination with wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of beauty in imperfection,” says Jessica.
Tip: Look for lighting ideas featuring earthy materials like clay and subtly washed timbers.
Elegant industrial for sleek-look lighting
Industrial-style lighting will see a new emphasis on sleekness, sophistication and elegance.
“This year will see the shapes of vintage factory lighting and farmhouse fittings simplified and updated via sleek, black metals,” says Jessica.
“We will see metallics lean toward matte finishes and lots of vintage brass and soft gold in clean lines.”
Low-hanging statement pendants
According to Jessica, 2018 will be a “low” year for pendants.
“We will become more experimental with the height that we drop pendant lights down to over kitchen islands, dining tables and bedside tables.”
“You’ll get bonus points for clustering multiple dropping pendants, too,” she adds.
Creative & comforting globe lighting
Lighting designs that help create intimate, comforting spaces which allow us to rejuvenate and relax will be big in 2018.
“We were all hyped up on Hygge in 2017, and we’ll continue to be inspired by the Danes in 2018,” says Jessica. “We’ll be dimming our lights to create intimate spaces that feel like a big reassuring hug.”
The recent trend of decorative globes is also set to continue. “They are made just like they were in Edison’s time,” says Denise Hammond, product specialist at Beacon Lighting.
If you like the idea of decorative globes but need stronger light, try LED lookalikes.
Smart lighting schemes are designed with flexibility in mind. “When LED was new, there was little available for tailoring lights to suit different needs, but developments are happening all the time,” says Denise.
Denise recommends lights that allow you to alter the light globe’s beam width from 15 to 65 degrees, as this will enable you to highlight a specific feature of a room.
“Choose gimbal downlights that can be redirected and consider the fact that standing floor lamps and table lamps can instantly change the mood of a space without the need of an electrician,” suggests Jessica.
Lighting design first, not last
The big trend that both experts expect to see grow is considering lighting decisions in the initial stages of a renovation, rather than at the last minute.
“Whether you are reconfiguring an existing space or building from the foundations up, your lighting scheme shouldn’t be an afterthought,” says Jessica.
These pleas are not just about aesthetics. “Thoughtful lighting can halve the cost,” says Denise.
Lower cost, more individual and stylish lighting? That’s a trend we can all embrace.