Think of ways to integrate lighting with warm finishes and brightly colored glass to easily lift and brighten spaces in your home.
Gold Tone Finishes
As we enter 2017, lighting finishes are trending toward warm, gold tones. Don’t be afraid to use them, as they add richness and depth to an interior design. The beauty is, with today’s eclectic styles, they fit into many traditional and transitional to contemporary and modern décor.
It’s also ok to mix these golds with other lighting fixture finishes such as polished nickel or chrome. Also consider the finishes of your furniture and other items—chair frames, lamps, curtain rods, end and coffee tables—as part of the mix. It’s advisable to disperse the finishes and tones throughout the space to provide overall interest and keep the eye moving. Consider each room individually.
An example of a warm gold toned finish is used on the Hobson pendant by Feiss. In addition to its three shade finishes—one being a warm Aged Brass —it brings the industrial-inspired pendant to a whole new level of modern detail. There’s also a choice of Opal Etched or Clear Seeded glass shades to go with the finish, which meets any design objective.
Warm gold tones are making their way to contemporary lighting fixtures as well. LBL Lighting offers a smooth Airin sconce with a slim arm that illuminates a round backplate and the surrounding wall with a beautiful wash of indirect LED light. One of its available finishes is this Gold Mist. Finally, do a bit of research when shopping online. Don’t just accept the color name a manufacturer has given a lighting fixture; use the zoom feature as this site has to see the actual finish.
Bring on the Colors
Lighting fixtures with colorful glass will trend even more in 2017. Among the predicted hot colors are varying hues of blues and greens, representing the sky and open fields. It’s seen as a way to bring nature and healthy living indoors.
Even if you have a modern home with simple and straight lines, colored glass lighting fixtures shouldn’t be ignored, as it’s one of the greatest décor solutions. Besides that needed pop of color, they can be a conversation-starter, and, if you’re willing to spend some money, artisan-made glass should be looked upon as an important piece of art.
From sages to deep greens and everything in between, green implies nature. Imagine a fixture such as LBL Lighting’s Ornata pendant in this Silver exterior/Aqua green interior hung in a linear line of three over a large island in a kitchen with white cabinets. They instantly become a design statement! Ornata has a special treatment process which gives its molded glass shade a rich appearance. When it’s turned off, it’s opaque. When turned on, it becomes translucent, allowing the colorful underlying glass to illuminate.
Just like greens, there are all kinds of blue hues to fit with a wide variety of décor—in this case, from light sky blues to rich, cobalt ones. An example of what is called Steel Blue, Tech Lighting has a delicate, Moroccan inspired silhouette in the Capsian mini-pendant which features hand-blown glass. A low-voltage Edison style lamp furthers the design. Very versatile, this artful lighting fixture could be hung in multiples in an entryway or over a café table or kitchen island.
Lighting shouldn’t be an afterthought, but as a powerful design element. Just as you choose your furniture, give equal thought to your lighting. For 2017, embrace warm gold tone finishes and green and blue colored glass in order to give your home a warm and artistic aesthetic.
PRO TIP: Embark on careful planning when introducing new and trending lighting finishes, colors and types in your home. Avoid “matchy-matchy” lighting to elevate design interest from room to room.