Lighting plays a significant part in creating a successful interior within your home. Lighting can really make or break an interior, and ways of utilizing the correct use of lighting were addressed in my last lighting blog.
Lighting is no different to anything else, in that it is directly influenced by world trends, stemming largely from fashion and of course furniture and lighting fairs world-wide.
Below I will touch on some of the trends we will see in 2014.
1. Energy Efficient lights
Energy efficient lighting is increasingly trending around the world. This is not only driven by consumers,
but also more stringent government regulations. Homes are using not only energy efficient appliances to
boost the home’s efficiency but are starting to insist on energy efficient light fittings..
Most light fixtures can now accommodate some form of CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) or LED lamp,
making it so much easier to to save on energy and maintenance costs while still providing aesthetically
pleasing lighting. While more expensive than incandescent bulbs, these lamps pay for themselves
through energy savings—a CFL lamp does so within about six months, using 75 percent less energy and
lasting 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. An LED uses even less energy and can last up to
50,000 hours and generally will not need to be replaced in a lifetime.
2. Smart Lighting
One way to facilitate appropriate lighting for spaces regardless of the time of day is to use wireless lighting sensors. These clever sensors not only lower energy costs by supplying lighting for a space only when appropriate, but help to avoid over-lighting a space as well. Perhaps most importantly, when your forgetful child or partner forgets to turn a light off, guess what, your sensor will be intelligent enough to turn the lights off for you. Another bonus of wireless sensors is that they are much easier to install, without the time and costs associated with running wires behind walls and ceilings, and it makes it much easier and more simple to reconfigure spaces in the future.
Glamour and sophistication still reign supreme, however the industrial trend will continue, along with the natural and understated.
Traditional chandeliers are being replaced with slim line more minimal styles, many still with crystals as used in traditional fittings. This maintains an appearance of glamour and elegance, but with a less ostentatious presence.
All black pendants will see a rise in popularity and a departure from the bold bright pops of colour that has saturated the market this year. We will continue to see colour, particularly pastels; however these hues will be utilized more in accessories and fabrics than in feature lights.
The modern industrial look that has been popular in 2013 evolves throughout the rest of the year, however sees a transition into 2014 with a more relaxed, understated, and more classic look using materials such as timber, metal and concrete.
Australian made, and custom-made/bespoke pendants are proving popular as we seek reassurance in all things natural, and bringing the presence of Mother Nature into indoor spaces. Earthy raw and unfinished materials and even floral motifs will be on the rise in lighting design.
4. Illuminated Furniture
This is a wonderfully playful way to subtly illuminate a space, and create a real talking point! It’s certainly not for everyone, but it could be a fun way to lift a child’s room, rumpus room or outdoor area. Everyday items such as chairs and tables are lit from within with LED lights and typically constructed in transparent or opaque materials such as perspex, timber, stone and even glass.
And there are whispers that the colour of the year for 2014 may be pale blue…you heard it here first!!