Lighting is an essential aspect of interior design that can affect the mood and atmosphere of a room. Plus, it’s a terrific way to showcase your own personal flair! But where do you start? Choosing the right style of lighting for your home can be a daunting task, but it can also be a lot of fun.
In this blog post, we will explore the different factors you should consider when selecting the right style of lighting for your home.
What’s Your Style?
There are so many styles and looks — from bland to glam — available we cannot possibly begin to discuss them all here. But to help you hone in on your preferred aesthetic, let’s take a closer look at some of the popular styles we’re seeing in new, updated, or remodeled residential spaces:
Midcentury modern lighting: Midcentury modern lighting style is a popular interior design style that emerged in the mid-20th century, roughly between the 1940s and the 1960s. This lighting style is characterized by a focus on clean lines, organic shapes, simplicity and functionality.
A prominent feature of midcentury modern lighting style is the use of geometric shapes, such as cone and globe-shaped shades, as well as linear designs. The use of sculptural forms, such as the iconic Sputnik chandelier, is also a defining characteristic of this style. Its use of warm wood tones, metal accents, and multiple bulbs create a bright and functional light source that can enhance the beauty and comfort of any room.
Traditional style lighting: Characterized by its use of classic design elements, rich materials, ornate details, and warm, welcoming colors, traditional style is classic, timeless – and popular. This style draws inspiration from European and American architectural traditions and emphasizes ornate details and a sense of elegance and refinement.
A hallmark of traditional lighting style is the use of rich materials such as crystal, brass, and bronze. (Think of a grand, antique chandelier.) The use of these materials adds a sense of luxury and opulence to the space. Warm, rich tones such as gold, bronze, and red are often used.
Traditional fixtures may also feature crystal droplets, scrolling arms, and other decorative elements that add to their visual appeal. Sconces may feature detailed shades or intricate metalwork.
Transitional lighting: Transitional refers to lighting featuring a combination of style elements from both traditional and contemporary design. This style is all about balancing the old with the new, creating a seamless blend of classic and modern design elements. It’s a fresh take on classic designs, with an updated look.
Fixtures in this category often have a streamlined design that is simple, elegant and free of excessive ornamentation or decoration. This creates a modern feel that is balanced using traditional materials and finishes. Also, transitional lighting fixtures often incorporate traditional materials such as wood and metal, but they are used in a way that feels fresh and modern. For example, a wooden chandelier might feature a sleek, geometric design that feels contemporary while still paying homage to traditional craftsmanship.
In keeping with their updated vibe, transitional lighting fixtures often incorporate energy-efficient lighting technology, such as LED bulbs, that provide bright, efficient light while still maintaining a modern feel. (Though LED technology is not limited to this style.) The use of dimmer switches is also common in transitional lighting design, allowing homeowners to adjust the light to suit their needs. This style creates a timeless, sophisticated look.
Industrial lighting: Industrial style takes inspiration from the factories and warehouses of the industrial revolution. This style is characterized by its use of raw, unfinished materials and rugged, utilitarian design elements.
One of the defining features of industrial lighting style is the use of metal, particularly iron and steel. Lighting fixtures in this style often feature exposed bulbs and metal shades that add to the industrial aesthetic. Color is generally used sparingly in these fixtures, and the use of distressed or weathered finishes on metal fixtures creates an authentic, lived-in look that is characteristic of this style.
Its focus on functionality and durability makes it a popular choice for commercial and residential spaces alike, adding a unique, industrial feel to any room
Rustic lighting: Rustic lighting style embraces the natural beauty of organic materials and rugged textures. This style is inspired by rural living, and it often features warm, earthy tones and natural materials.
Rustic lighting fixtures often have a simple design, with clean lines and minimal decoration. The use of exposed bulbs is common in this style, adding to the raw, natural feel of the fixtures. This style often features traditional elements, such as wagon wheels or antlers. The use of natural fabrics such as burlap or linen for lampshades is also common.
Purpose of Your Space
Different rooms in your home have different lighting needs. The purpose of each room should be your primary consideration when choosing lighting. Think about how you function in that space and what type of lighting those activities require. Then, choose the lighting style accordingly. For example, a living room needs soft, ambient lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. A bedroom may require both task lighting for reading and ambient lighting to create a relaxing atmosphere. Or a home office may require bright task lighting to enhance productivity, while a dining room may require dimmer, softer lighting to create a cozy ambiance for dinner parties. With your space in mind, tailor your lighting — and its style — accordingly.
Style of your home
The style of your home also plays a part when choosing the right style of lighting. Light fixtures can enhance the existing decor and style of your home. For example, if your home has a traditional style, choosing lighting fixtures with ornate details can complement the classic decor. Or if you have a modern home, sleek and minimalist lighting fixtures can accentuate the clean lines and simplicity of the decor.
It is essential to choose lighting fixtures that complement your home’s existing style and decor to create a cohesive and harmonious atmosphere. Consider the color and texture of the fixtures as well. For example, metal fixtures can add an industrial edge to a room, while wooden fixtures can add a natural and organic feel.
Keep energy efficiency in mind when selecting you lighting as well. LED bulbs are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs and last longer, making them a more cost-effective option in the long run. They may cost more initially, but they will save you money on your electricity bill and require fewer replacements over time.
It is also important to consider the environmental impact of the lighting you choose. Energy-efficient lighting can reduce your carbon footprint and help to conserve natural resources.
Choosing the right style of lighting for your home requires considering several factors, including your preferences, the purpose of each room, the style of your home and energy efficiency. With a bit of thought and planning (and the help of an experienced lighting consultant!), you can create a lighting scheme that is functional, fashionable and enhances the beauty and comfort of your home.
When selecting lighting fixtures, it is essential to choose quality, durable products that will last for years to come. High-quality fixtures can be a worthwhile investment in your home’s long-term value and aesthetic appeal.
Stop in to our Sioux Falls showroom to see how we can help you find your style. Come, see what’s inside!