The one thing every space in your home (both inside and out) has in common is lighting. Whether for function, style, mood or any combination of the three, lighting is one of the most important elements of a room. There are a variety of fixture options with different metals, finishes, shapes and sizes – so many, in fact, that it can be daunting to find the perfect anchor for your rustic dining room, over-sized kitchen island or master bedroom retreat. Let’s take a look at some of the latest trends as well as a few inspirational spaces that are full of lighting mojo!
Brian McCourt is a contractor, design expert and co-host of HGTV Canada’s Backyard Builds.
I’m not entirely sure when it happened, but geometric shapes have taken over the lighting market. We used to have two lighting style choices: square or round. Now we have hexagon, triangular, oval, pentagonal and everything between. I would stay away from hex shapes moving forward, as they have saturated the market. Instead, choose triangle, diamond or round versions. But don’t worry, your hex tiles are still cool! It’s especially big in dining room lighting trends.
Loft industrial style has greatly influenced the design market since the early 2000s. While we’re still digging industrial lighting today, there’s been a slight transition into what I like to call “refined industrial.” Lighting with industrial bones, finished in a brushed brass, polished chrome or matte black have been steadily gaining popularity, especially in kitchen light fixtures.
Matte Black and Brass
Matte black is one of the biggest trends over the last two years (actually, matte finishes in general). I’m loving this lighting trend because it’s less expensive to produce than other metals and there are plenty of great budget-savvy options. High-contrast pieces will instantly update a space and the deep finish is easy to match between brands when shopping for coordinating plumbing fixtures.
A continued and developing trend in all things design is mid-century modern inspired pieces, like this one from Save My Reno. There has been a huge contemporary surge of the classics that American architect and furniture designer Frank Llyod Wright created (learn the difference between modern and contemporary here).
The best restaurant designs are known for being avant-garde, interesting and inspirational. There is a lot we can take from these incredible spaces. The oval-shaped industrial fixture seen here is so perfectly refined, that it’s right on trend yet somehow feels classic and timeless. Find inspiration for timeless kitchen cabinet ideas for your next remodel.
Early on in my career, I learned the importance of a well-stocked lighting store filled with choice and inspiration. If you’re on a tight budget, choose simple options throughout your home, but splurge on the dining and/or island fixture with a modern-meets-timeless piece. I like to think of the dining room as the perfect stage for statement lighting. Push yourself to choose something that isn’t standard or over-saturated in the market. Find out how to create your own budget-friendly home reno without a contractor.
You might be noticing a bit of a pattern here with round globe lighting (and you’re not wrong!) but the continuous and seamless lines of pendant lighting never ends and we could stare at it forever. It’s one of the hottest dining room lighting trends this year.
Three’s a Crowd
Kitchen light fixtures have changed over the years. A decade ago, the trend was all about repetition in odd numbers – everything was grouped in threes and fives. In recent years, it has come to feel a bit contrived. Today, we prefer the “accidentally on purpose” look where less is more. For instance, two statement pendants above the kitchen island make a space feel a bit more contemporary. That being said, every space is different. The art of lighting is subjective, but in most cases, a pair of larger pendants completes the look.