Love at First Light

By Sklar Furnishings

Design Styles and Trends

December 15, 2014

There is one trend in lighting that is overshadowing all others in the lighting industry – LED technology.  Energy efficient, long lasting and cool burning LED is changing the industry so quickly that soon Thomas Edison himself will be hard pressed to find an old fashioned filament bulb.

As well consumers and designers seem to be seeking more transitional and contemporary looks with cleaner, simpler lines.  Even the timeless classics are being executed with less scrolling and detailing even in chandeliers. Murano glass from Italy is very popular in gorgeous long glistening formal chandeliers to simple single lights hanging from a single wire. Organic materials like stone, steel, wood and glass are very prevalent giving us everything from cool contemporary to rustic farmhouse. Copies of pendants and lamps from another era work beautifully with the urban renewal look.

Lighting is being used in non traditional ways–two chandeliers over a long dining table, small chandeliers dropped down over night stands in the master bedroom, sconces down a hallway, and recessed lighting in rooms other than an entry or living room.  Dimmers are available on almost every light fixture today. Adequate and flexible lighting is a must for full enjoyment of a space.  

In response to that bulge of humanity called the baby boomers, working or reading lights are very important. This is especially true in the living room and bedroom as the aging eyes struggle to see the “smaller” print.  High intensity reading task lamps are very popular and certainly fit the bill.

When all is said and done lighting is a very important and necessary part of your decorating scheme. Don't stop short when completing your space, lighting will set the mood – welcoming, warm and friendly.

Browse through our selection of lamps and lighting fixtures to find the perfect way to accent your room. 

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