Kichler Lighting LLC, a leader in innovative lighting and ceiling fans, is shining a light on this year’s trends. When it comes to lighting, choosing the right fixture is equally important as any other design element for your home. Some may argue it’s among the most important decision you make when styling a room. With so many options to consider—style, finish, function and overall lighting effect—Kichler offers its top trends in residential lighting.
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Homeowners have long proven they no longer want to settle for “cookie cutter” home design. Whether remodeling a fixer upper or planning a new-home build, more consideration has gone into the architectural details. Taller ceilings, more intimate dining rooms and an increase in single-story foyers have had a rippling effect on light fixture design with the demand for larger pendants and taller sconces. “By allowing the architecture of the home to help, decision on lighting proportion and scale become simpler. One needs only to follow its lead,” says Jeff Dross, corporate director, education and industry trends, Kichler. Taller pendants such as Moyra or Abbotswell™ fill the vertical space created by taller ceilings, and Eris hung close to the ceiling adds much-needed elegance to single-story foyers.
Finish goes hand-in-hand with architectural style, as seen in the increasing introductions of black, brushed brass, soft gold and white into a variety of home fixtures. For lighting, finish considerations also include glass elements. While aesthetically pleasing when the light is off, glass plays a crucial role in the overall functionality. Incorporating one-of-a-kind textures and patterns as seen with Forge not only add sophistication, but amplifies the lighting effect and sets the stage once the switch is turned on.
LED leads design
When it comes to aesthetics, the shift to LED is a driving factor in lighting design. High-impact pieces like Avedu™showcase the limitless possibilities in design with a focus entirely around its asymmetrical shape. “It has really freed up designers because they no longer have to figure out how to hide a light bulb,” says Jeff Dross. “Until just a few years ago, the light bulb was always the thing designers had to start with when coming up with a new fixture. That has changed now.”