Perhaps one of the best feelings we can ever get is the excitement of finally reaching lock-up stage of a new build, or starting to see rooms take shape during a renovation.
When some people think of interior design, a lighting plan is not always on top of their mind. However, what some fail to realise is the importance of a good home lighting design that not only looks good, but functions well, too.
Task and accent lighting
Almost every room in the home requires both task and accent lighting.
Task lighting is practical lighting for things like cooking, shaving, or applying makeup, while accent lighting brings warmth, ambiance, and dimension to a room.
You can find out more about task and accent lighting in this blog post.
Trends or timelessness?
Trends come and go, so you should be careful when following super-specific trends as they can leave a home feeling dated after just a few years.
There are some trends, though, that stand the test of time and are here for the long haul. In fact, they should be referred to as themes rather than trends. Themes are timeless; they do not date. They’re the classics!
We look at a few of our favourites below.
Go for gold
Metallic colours have always been present in home lighting design. This year is no different!
While super-timely trends like rose gold may feel outdated after a year or two (although at its current popularity, it might indeed stick around for longer!), gold, silver, brass, and copper are colour schemes that won’t be going away anytime soon.
If you’re not a fan of super bright gold tones, you can go always go for the more muted or matte tones. You can also mix gold with brass and to subdue it. Alternatively, if you’d like to inject some on-trend rose gold, look out for fixtures that combine rose gold with copper.
Metallic tones are suitable for almost any taste, as light fixtures can range from opulent chandeliers and modern, clean-brushed gold domes to rustic and industrial pendant lights.
Art deco is always trending
When art deco was first introduced in the 1920s in France, the world opened its arms and embraced this new visual style. Art deco heavily influenced designs including art, architecture, fashion, and even interior decoration.
Nearly 100 years later, it’s still a highly coveted styling theme in homes.
Lighting design is also influenced by art deco. And this year, just like years gone by, it is trending.
Art deco lighting designs are usually made of glass, and designs are usually geometric inspired and have brass or chrome trimmings.
If you’re a pro at flea or trash and treasure markets, you might just find an original art deco-inspired piece of lighting from years gone by with a fantastic story behind it.
Be aware though: because of its vintage status, its wiring will likely be in poor shape. Consult a trusty electrician to help you determine the state of the light fixture and how it can be restored and installed in your home.
Go big or go home
In some homes, people lean towards larger lighting fixtures that really stand out in a room. In fact, lighting can be as much of a feature as artwork of furniture!
If you want to take a risk, you can definitely work with oversized lighting fixtures. They look great in large rooms and open plan spaces.
Due to its size, a bold lighting fixture can become a room’s centrepiece. If you want to make a statement, then this theme is for you!
If you’re thinking of a bold and daring design aesthetic, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Take inspiration from these larger-than-life statement fixtures.
Need an electrician in Melbourne to help you with lighting up a new home?
Let the professionals do the job!
Along with the joy and thrill of building a new home or engaging in a renovation comes the strategic planning of lighting, plumbing, landscaping, and more.
It can be easy to get caught up in the aesthetics, but always remember that safety comes first: your entire electrical system, including lighting, must be up to Australia’s electrical safety standards.
Regardless of your design aesthetic, your lighting fixtures should also be functional and efficient.
When it comes to planning and installing fixtures, make sure you work with the pros! They will make sure that everything is up to standard and performing as intended.
The Briggs team of electricians is based in Bayside and serving the entire Melbourne region. And we’re just a phone call away!