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The Future Looks Bright: Lighting Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2024

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

As the New Year draws nearer, cutting-edge trends in interior lighting have emerged. The field of design is brimming with original concepts that balance aesthetics and functionality together. Lighting makes a room. Lighting can change the entire look, feel and function of a space from bright and spacious to moody and seductive. Lighting can energize an entire room - changing the lighting is an easy way to transform a space.

Here’s to the New Year and exciting new lighting!

Layered Lighting

This technique is at the top of the list. Layered lighting is a design approach that combines multiple light sources—recessed lighting, pendants, sconces, under-cabinet lighting, backlighting, and more. This creates a balanced and versatile illumination. Using these various fixtures together not only achieves a harmonious and functional lighting plan, but also creates beautiful, artistic spaces, and can highlight key design aspects. Lighting helps the eye travel throughout a room, drawing attention to specific architecture, art and furniture

High Polish

Matte finishes have had their moment over the past several years, but it is predicted that high polish fixtures will make a splash in 2024. High polish gold will continue, but chrome and silver are set to make a comeback in various areas of interior design and lighting is no exception. These fresh and modern finishes are set to gain popularity in the New Year.

Smart and Adaptive Lighting Systems

Innovative technology continues to revolutionize in all industries and lighting is no exception. Expect to see a surge in smart lighting systems that adapt to daily routines. Lights that automatically adjust their color temperature throughout the day to mimic natural sunlight are a welcome trend. Lighting has been proven to affect us neurologically and this smart, immersive lighting enhances mental wellbeing, promotes better productivity, mental clarity and even creates an atmosphere of calming relaxation. These systems can be controlled through voice commands, smartphone apps, or even sensors that detect your presence.

Sustainable Brilliance with Eco-Friendly Solutions

Lighting trends 2024 strongly emphasize sustainable living, and design choices can contribute to this ethos. LED technology continues to advance, offering energy-efficient options that consume less electricity and have longer lifespans. Upcycled and recycled materials are also finding their way into lighting designs, resulting in unique fixtures that make a conscious statement.

Inspired by Nature

Another existing trend that is set to continue in the New Year is the use of natural materials in lighting fixtures. From rattan wall sconces to wooden floor lamps, this addition of texture softens the look of lighting. It’s a great way to add some visual interest and texture to a space.

In recent times it seems we have developed a greater appreciation of nature, perhaps due to its increasing fragility, as well as our better understanding of just how positively it can impact our health and wellbeing. Expect to see a rise in lighting designed according to biophilic principles. A nature-inspired lighting solution is a great way to create a connection between your space and the world beyond.

Light fixtures made with natural materials that feature organic shapes and intriguing imperfections are set to be big in 2024. Lamps that feature natural curves and intricate designs are perfect examples of the Japanese aesthetic Wabi-Sabi. This traditional aesthetic appreciates the beauty of imperfections and accepts the natural cycle of life. These dramatic pieces use branches or other natural materials to create lighting which can double as art.

Vintage and Retro Inspired

The vintage and retro-inspired trend that has been popular over the past couple of years is set to continue into 2024. This trend encapsulates everything from 1950s-inspired milk glass fixtures to industrial-looking Edison bulbs and vintage-inspired filament bulbs, and it’s not set to go anywhere anytime soon.

A mixture of old and new styles can make a space feel unique and special. Antique lighting in a modern space can add intrigue and bring a captivating retro vibe. Whether adorning pendant lights or chandeliers, their interplay adds dynamic texture and visual interest, making them a perfect fit for modern spaces.

Sculptural Lighting

Last but certainly not least, bold and sculptural chandeliers and pendants will continue to be popular in the New Year. This trend has been on the rise over the past year and it’s not going anywhere soon. These striking fixtures are ideal for entryways, dining rooms and lobbies where they create a dramatic focal point and spark conversations.

Asymmetric or cluster pendant lights add a touch of sophistication, transforming your interior space into a private haven. Departing from conventional solutions, decorative geometric clusters infuse spaces with a contemporary flair. Moreover, they add depth and dimension by creating a captivating interplay of light and shadow, elevating even the tiniest spaces.

In a minimalist interior, sculptural lighting can really make an impact. Sculptural light is a strong visual character that adds interest and defines the mood of a room. Artistic pieces serve as captivating focal points and give an expression of style. Expect to see lighting that makes the most of bold forms, distinct outlines, interesting shapes and artistic materials.

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