Interior lighting creates a huge impact and sets the scene in every room.
As with other interior trends, lighting styles change over time, and old lamps and fittings will make your home look tired. Updating your lighting can be one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to refresh your home décor.
The good news is that many of the latest lighting trends work beautifully across a variety of different décor styles, making it easy to mix and match. Even better news is that when you apply for an RCS Personal Loan, you can have the cash in your account within 24 hours to start lighting up your life.
Here are some of the latest lighting trends we’re loving:
1. MELLOW METAL
Following on from the rose gold trend in fashion, warm metals are huge for interiors, especially lighting. Think soft gold, vintage brass and mellow copper. Gold or copper linings inside matte white, grey or black shades look stunning on pendant lights, while a soft gold reading lamp on a shelf will attract attention to a cosy nook.
2. COOL CONCRETE
Concrete is currently the darling of décor, and it’s such a versatile material it works all over the home, from kitchen to bathroom to bedroom. Whether you’re aiming for a rustic cottage look, retro industrial vibe, or a clean Nordic style, concrete lamps could be your go-to solution. Simple, elegant and neutral, concrete lighting will complement any on-trend interior.
3. CUTTING-EDGE LED
LED lights have massive advantages over incandescent bulbs as they last much longer and use just a fraction of the power. They’re also available in a huge variety of styles, and their flexibility has led to some amazing new ways of illuminating homes. Lights can now be bent around corners, hidden behind boards, strung up in skeins, and even change colour according to your mood. LEDs are a great choice when you need something fresh, exciting and, above all, energy efficient for your home.
4. WHIMSICAL VINTAGE
The retro look isn’t going anywhere soon, and nothing says nostalgia like vintage Edison-style bulbs. The rounded cone shapes come with interesting filaments that just beg to be shown off as focal points around the living room and kitchen. A chandelier of Edison bulbs or a row strung above a workbench or dining table will generate a soft industrial atmosphere. Look out for the LED versions of these bulbs, which last longer and use less power.
5. GEOMETRIC JOY
Simple geometric lighting looks great from every angle, while bold lines and repeated patterns give rooms an extra touch of style. Table lamps can double as pieces of sculpture, while clusters of geometric cage pendants will create the finishing touch for a special space. Geometric light fittings look like art even when the lights are off, and cast beautiful shadows when they’re on.
6. SUPERSIZE STATEMENTS
Want to create a ‘wow’ factor? In that case, bigger is better when it comes to light fittings in key areas. A single supersize designer light will act as the centrepiece for a room. Use it in a central area to get the maximum effect. Large pendants can be used over the dining table or in an entrance hall, while a giant floor lamp looks great in a living area. Balance statement lights with recessed ceiling lights or smaller fixtures around the room.
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