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Trend Alert: The Types of Lighting that’ll be Big this Year

Wondering what types of lighting are trending for 2016 and beyond? Wonder no more; I’m uncovering two hot new looks in today’s post!

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The Types of Lighting that’ll be Big this Year

I live for the moment that I finally purchase my first home. It’s not far off, actually.

I’ve gone through the process of deciding if I slum it in a smaller place to be close to the city, or go further out and get a bigger place for a few years. And with that dilemma outta the way (I’ve found a suburb that’s a happy medium between the two), I now get to dream about all of the things I’ll do in my home once I officially own it. Or the bank does, anyway.

Painting feature walls is one thing I can’t wait to do. Banging a nail into the wall is another. And the third – and most exciting of all – is getting to rock pendant lights in numerous pockets across the house.

You have no idea how brutal it has been writing an interiors blog for over three years and seeing gorgeous lighting hit my inbox, that I can’t use in my current rental unit.

That is going to come to an end soon, and it’s going to be a pendant light free for all!

Anyway, onto the point of today’s post; the types of lighting that are trending for the second half of 2016 and beyond. This is a forecast from my friends over at Brilliant Lighting – and boy do they have some divine stuff in their product range.

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Retro Renaissance

The gang from Brilliant Lighting are calling for a retro comeback in 2016, encouraging you to be bold in your colour choices and lighting displays.

This look takes cues from mid-Century design, and I have to say that’s it’s rather on-par with my earlier trend prediction that The New Eclectic was going to be big in interiors this year.

When it comes to the lighting itself, look to angular prism shapes in pendants, along with round lines and finishes in mesh, brass, black or matte metal. These shapes and textures play nicely against bright colours, so get daring with wall paint and don’t be afraid to display vivid art from the Mid-Century era.

Brilliant Lighting’s interior product manager Jacqueline Hughes says that blue is pegged to be the it colour to gravitate toward in this look.

“Investing in a retro occasional chair or side table, accompanied by a cluster of low hung brass lighting and blue accessories can really bring life to a dull room,” she explains. “Add in homewares such as rugs, terrariums or reclaimed furniture and you have yourself the perfect retro revival!”.

You don’t need to convince me; I’m sold!

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Industrial Evolution

The classic industrial interior is getting a bit of an eco twist in this new trend, which is all about forest greens, beech timber and glass elements.

The move away from the harder industrial theme of years gone by is said to be in response to our desire to seek a relaxing space we can retreat to, where finishes are softer and more natural. I hate to pat myself on the back again, but this fits in perfectly with the other trend I forecasted to be big in 2016, Minimal Zen.

The lighting in this look is all about glass, with rounded shapes that create a sense of calm and serenity. Metalware also features, but in smaller doses, giving a nod to classic industrial without going gritty.

While green is the main hue in this look, Jacquline advises that you don’t need to paint an entire wall in this hue in order to achieve the sense of calm.

“Combine greenery in glass bottles with plywood timber furniture, or wall panels to complete the look,” she says. “Or decorate with soft furnishings such as rugs, cushions and throws in neutral tones. It’s very easy to turn your home into an eco-industrial inspired haven!”.

If you’d like to find out more about the types of lighting you see in this post, click here to visit the Brilliant Lighting website.

Which look is your fave out of the types of lighting in this post: Retro Renaissance or Industry Revolution? Drop a comment below and let me know.



Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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