Practical lighting is pretty self-explanatory and installed in homes all the time, so we're going to focus on how lighting style can give your home that extra spark. If you’re not up to speed with what’s trending in bathroom and kitchen lighting, then it’s time to learn.
Aesthetics are an important factor in home décor and design. The artistic, or beautiful qualities of something, is what catches your attention and admiration. See 10 lighting trends for your bathroom and kitchen that are worth the upgrade.
1. Cabinet & Showcase Lighting
Showcase lighting can be used in your cabinets or as spotlights to highlight your pretty glasses, china or statement pieces. Typically, cabinets have one single light that’s centered and installed on the inside of the cabinet shining down to illuminate an item. There’s not just one way to execute this look, so get creative with it!
2. Oil-Rubbed Bronze
Oil-rubbed bronze lighting is definitely a hot trend this year. Installing fixtures such as faucets, handles and knobs in your kitchen or bath is the way to go if you’re looking for a fresh look. Rubbed bronze hardware is a dark and dramatic expression that looks nice with various interior design colors, such as wood, white and the color of the year, Marsala.
3. Elegant Chandelier
A gorgeous chandelier is one way to dress up your kitchen or dining area. Find something that catches the eye and exudes elegance. The fixture in this image is a good example of a bold and stylish chandelier that brightens the room and catches your attention. The light alone adds so much beauty in this space!
4. Modern Centerpiece
Give your bathroom a modern makeover by adding an extravagant centerpiece or fixture from the ceiling. There are shades, covers and beautiful flush mount light fixtures out there waiting for you. Take a look at your bathroom ceiling and see if yours could use an upgrade. It’s a small touch that can dramatically change the appearance of your bath.
5. Unique Shapes
Besides material and color, there are a crazy amount of fixture shape options available these days. Designers have not been shy about creating distinct and fashionable pieces that will both inspire and shock you. Pinterest is an excellent place for you to scour and see what’s trending.
6. Stylish Pendants
Pendant lights are great because they’re very versatile. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, designs and colors that you shouldn’t have any trouble finding something you like in your kitchen.
In this example, you’ll see that the pendant lights are strategically hung over the island, which is the most common placement. It makes the most sense, given that the recessed and up lighting border the outside edges of the kitchen ceiling. You can also hang pendants at different heights to create depth, or hang mini pendant lights above the stovetop, a table or in a breakfast nook. Fortunately, the options are never-ending!
7. Vanity Lighting & Sconces
Make sure your bathroom is well-lit and that you have different lighting options installed and available to you. Vanity lighting and wall sconces are two ideas you can implement to get you started.
Vanity lighting is a light fixture installed above, or alongside a mirror. A wall sconce is a type of light fixture affixed to a wall in such a way that it uses only the wall for support, and the light is usually directed upwards, but not always. They come in many different styles. Sconces give your bathroom a warm and cozy feel when lit along each side of the mirror.
8. Layered Lighting
Gone are the days of one standard light fixture used to light an entire room. Layered lighting is a smart and stylish way to make a kitchen or bathroom feel warm, cozy and comfortable. Your goal is to combine different types of lighting (ambient, accent and task lighting) in order to create a balanced and relaxed space. Layered lighting allows you to maximize the functionality of the room and generate a dynamic look and feel.
9. Mirrors & Cabinets
Create warm, soft lighting by installing mirrors and cabinets that have lights. If you’re a fan of a modern or contemporary design, then this look is for you. If it’s not your taste, add dimmer switches to set the mood in any kitchen or bath.
There are many benefits to installing LED lights in your kitchen or bathroom. LED lights are extremely energy efficient and use less electricity than compact fluorescents. These type of lights can last decades, and do not contain mercury. See what CNET selected as the best led light bulbs of 2015.
You should now be well-informed of what’s trending in kitchen and bathroom lighting. Pick a few of your favorite ideas from this list and see how these simple but stylish upgrades bring new life to your home.
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