When decorating, people generally focus on the decor, the furniture, and the carpentry…lights tend to come as an afterthought. But lighting plays a really crucial role in your home.
In fact, lighting can seriously affect your mood and emotions. If that’s the case, then you really need to plan your lighting, just as diligently as you would plan your color scheme.
But what unique lighting styles are trending this year?
Keep reading for 6 cool modern lighting design trends you don’t want to miss!
1. Versatile LED’s
LED lights are efficient, powerful and look super cool. In recent years they have become a “must have” in the modern home.
Incandescent bulbs waste most of there power in the form of heat. They aren’t very efficient or environmentally friendly. That’s why there has been a big push to change over to LED lighting over the past few years. Although they are a bit more pricey initially, they can save you quite a lot of money in the long run.
LED lights aren’t only practical, they are also really trendy and unique. You can get LED lighting in multiple colors, shapes, and sizes, making them truly versatile for any style you’re going for in your home.
2. That “Wow” Factor
For that “Wow factor in modern lighting design, bigger fixtures are a great option. Not only do they attract instant attention with their striking size, but they give extra lighting!
More than just a light, these fixtures become an ornate centerpiece to the room. They are great for large rooms with open spaces, such as hung over the dining table or in the hallway. Many use large lighting fixtures over their kitchen island.
Most modern lighting design today is based on clean and sharp lines. Excessive ornamentation and complex designs are losing favor in the world of modern decor.
Many homeowners with a modern style home opt for minimalistic looks, such as simple geometric shapes, neutral tones, and bold designs.
LED panel lights are great for the ultimate modern look. It can work in any area of the home but is great as a statement piece. Let the lighting fixture become the main attraction, without being crowed by other fixtures.
3. Snazzy Strip Lighting
Another wonder of LED lighting is in strip form. This is a really unique and novel way to modernize your home and add some really fun touches.
You can use LED strip lighting under your couch for a snazzy hipster style look. Or strip lighting under the edges of your bed to recreate the feel of a swanky hotel. Some use LED strip lighting to decorate picture frames, mirrors or even their coffee table!
Strip lighting also looks great on shelving, in drawers, under cabinets, and even up the staircase. Not only does it look cool, but it’s also practical and can help you see better into dark shadowy areas.
Light bars are similar to strip lighting, as they are great for lining furniture. They are more rigid than strip lighting but are useful for specific projects. For example, you could use the bars to line shelving, or around picture frames. They also come in a variety of different vivid colors.
Yes, incorporating lighting into furniture is the next big thing in modern lighting design.
4. Glowing Rope Lighting
Another LED illumination that becoming extremely popular with homeowners is LED rope lighting.
It can add a stylish glow to several areas of your home. You could use it to line a headboard in your bedroom or to tuck the lights around your bathroom mirror. If you have a bar, you can use rope lighting to add a modern edge.
A cool place to use rope lighting is in your attic or basement. It’ll give you practical lighting and will make those dark rooms look a bit less spooky too!
One really awesome thing to do with rope lighting is to create a piece of artwork. For example, use custom cut rope lighting to create your initials, a message, numbers or even a funky design as a statement piece.
5. Glowing Gardens
As the night draws in, your garden can become a little bit less hospitable. It’s lovely to gaze at the stars in the dark, but when it’s a warm summers evening you want to be able to sit out and chat with your friends.
Garden lighting can be spectacular if designed correctly. You can use LED lighting around your deck, swimming pool or even down the garden path.
Add string lights to your trees and around outdoor buildings. You can enjoy a sparkly festive spirit all year round.
And when it comes to the holidays, there are several vivid designs you can choose from. With lasers and show motion displays, you can really make a statement and stand out from your neighbors!
6. Accent Lighting
Just like strip lights and rope lighting, puck lights are trending now, mostly for the accent lighting they can create. Accent lighting is used to highlight a particular area or object.
Puck lights in LED are great for any accent lighting project and are the simplest way to brighten your workspace. You can use them in your kitchen, to light up your workspace. Or you could add them to a cabinet or alcove to display your collection of fine china.
Puck lights can also be a useful nightlight, not just for kids, but for you too! You can stick them to your headboard, or even to the skirting board or staircase to help you navigate your home in the dark.
Modern Lighting Design Trends
As you can see there are many super cool lighting trends for 2018.
2018 is looking futuristic with minimalist or LED designs, whatever you choose you’ll find something awesome to light up your home!
For more tips on lighting trends and “how to” guides, check out our illuminating blog!