Lighting Style and Trends Blog

An Inside Peak at 2010 Home Lighting Trends

Posted by Gavin Martin on Fri, January 08, 2010

Golden LightingAs the New Year turns a new leaf, so does the home lighting industry. We decided to talk with one of our favorite designer lines Golden Lighting prior to the 2010 International Lighting Show. We wanted to learn what's in store for this year with the latest trends.  Here's what we learned.

Ethnic Influence

  • Popular Asian design is on the decline.
  • Middle Eastern influence is on the rise.
  • Tribal influence, on the fashion radar for several years, is expected to grow.
  • Look for emerging classic Italian and French styles.

Furniture

  • High gloss lacquer, clear glass and acrylic, polished chrome and other shiny finishes are modern and hip.
  • Simplicity is elegant.
  • Circles, circles everywhere...fabrics, rugs, dinnerware, artwork - you name it!
  • Wooden furniture for all styles, modern, traditional and everything in between.
  • Dark, deep, rich-toned woods are popular European styles.
  • Brown is in, when it comes to modern.
  • Rough-hewn, distressed and weathered wood are increasing in popularity.

Design Elements/Materials Trends

  • Materials: handcrafted, plant fibers (rattan, bamboo, wicker, sea grass etc.)
  • Patterns: Mosaic, dots, plaids, lines, blurry patterns and Suzani motifs.
  • Colors: red, orange, green, ochre and purple Neutrals are here to stay: grays, browns, white, black and sand.

 

Tags: Golden Lighting, Design tips

Simple Holiday Lighting Tips to Dazzle Guest

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, November 14, 2009
Holiday Lighting

Simple lighting tips to dazzle your holiday guests....

Make a grand entrance , update your
exterior lighting to enhance the façade.

Continue the festive mood indoors,
you've set the scene outside your home, now it's time to create a warm atmos-
phere inside.

Elk LightingDecorate your existing lighting with
festive accents. Exchange crystal drops from chandeliers and replace them with silver, gold or red holiday balls or wrap berries and garland around sconces or pendants.

The Chandelier in the photo to the right is from Elk Lighting which is the leader in sophisticated chandeliers for the dining room.

Tags: Design tips, ELK Lighting

Lighting Is Single Most Important Element In Decorating

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, November 14, 2009

Elk-LightingLighting is the single most important element in decorating, dramatically improving the look and feel of any room.

In addition to being functional, lighting can also influence the mood of a room, in three different ways.

First, the general illumination can strongly influence the mood of a room. A brightly lit room projects a positive, upbeat mood. A darker room is more intimate and romantic. One mistake many people make in lighting their homes is to have only one extreme or the other so much light that you need sunglasses or just a dim candle.

Second, the lighting fixtures themselves express a mood. Some fixtures are traditional some contemporary, some are lavish and ornate, some are starkly simple. As with the furniture you select, the style of the lighting fixtures should be suitable in mood to the rest of the décor.

Third, you can provide accents of light in specific parts of a room for no functional reason, but simply because they will add a dramatic touch.

The Lighting Fixture in the photo is part of our popular ELK Lighting collection.  ELK has some of the most sophisticated and elegant fixtures in the market. 

Tags: Design tips, ELK Lighting, Lighting Fixtures

Coordinate Lighting In All Spaces Of Your Home

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 10, 2009

Designing with Light

Lighting should not be an afterthought when decorating a room. In fact, light is one of the strongest design elements, one that can greatly influence emotions, making it the most versatile component when decorating a home. With lighting, bold statements can be made, and small touches can add up to make a large impression. Below are suggestions for some areas in the home where "carrying over your lighting plan" can make all the difference in enhancing your décor.

Hinkley LightingThe lighting fixture shown to the left is from the Hinkley Lighting collection of Lighting Fixtures from their Bolla Family (4667 BN).

BEDSIDES can benefit from hanging mini-chandeliers over, or Hinkley sconce lights above, each bedside table. The lights will provide adequate light for reading, while leaving night tables free for other items.

IN THE OFFICE try installing two large ceiling fixtures to provide plenty of well-diffused general lighting, while eliminating shadows on the desk. You can also place wall sconces behind you, to the right and left of your desk, so the light comes over the shoulders.

FIREPLACES can be enhanced by placing wall sconces on each side of the mantle. This will draw attention to the fireplace area while providing general lighting for the living room.

Hinkley Wall SconcesHALLWAYS should be illuminated every 8 to 10 feet for safety. You can accomplish this with decorative ceiling fixtures or Hinkley Lighting flush mount lights, and complimentary wall sconces.

STAIRS should be lighted from top to bottom to prevent accidents, with switches at both ends for convenience. If hall and foyer fixtures do not illuminate the entire stairway, you can install a chain-hung or flush mount fixture above the top step.

GAME TABLES require bright, even overhead lighting. Chandelier island lights can offer a decorative, yet functional solution.

BARS can be lighted from above with pendants that hover intimately over the bar.

A BUFFET or SIDEBOARD can be flanked with wall sconces on either side. Choose fixtures that complement the style of your chandelier.

THE KITCHEN TABLE is multi-purpose - used for dining, homework, hobbies or family business. A decorative pendant, operating with a dimmer control, provides sufficient task lighting. Use the dimmer to adjust the brightness for dining or entertaining.

Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Design tips, Home Lighting, Lighting Fixtures

More Control with Multiple Home Lighting Sources

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 10, 2009

Hinkley LightingIncreasing the number of light sources in your room doesn't necessarily mean your room will be "too bright". In fact, it gives you more control of the amount of light, and the option to brighten or dim a room or specific areas of a room, for the use at hand. If a room is overly bright, paradoxically, it typically possesses too few sources of light. The result is either a harsh and uncomfortable glare or a bright diffused level of illumination that cancels out any possibility of drama. Using multiple light sources minimizes glare, which is the unpleasing result of extreme "lights" and "darks", while creating a more balanced lighting scheme.

The lighting fixture shown to the right is a Mini-Pendant 3100 BN from Hinkley Lighting which is a premier manufacturer of Lighting Fixtures.

TIP: Increasing the number of lighting sources also offers the flexibility to deliver light to specific spots where it is needed, such as to desks, counters, tabletops and bedsides - wherever you need it to illuminate distinct areas for certain tasks or activities.

Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Design tips

Lighting Design by Creating Pools of Light & Shade

Posted by Gavin Martin on Tue, November 10, 2009

Hallway LightingArranging light so that a series of overlapping pools of light and shade are created adds atmosphere to a room and draws the eye to focal points. Conversely, shadows created between light pools reveal form and texture of objects that cannot be achieved if light is flooded onto a surface.

Light and shadow actually go hand in hand. In fact, it is shadow, rather than light, that reveals the form and texture of objects.

When an object is lit from the front, it is subject to a "flattening" effect; if the same object is lit from the side, areas of shadow will help to define its basic form. The eye is naturally drawn to light, a tendency that can be used in interior design to direct the focus and traffic patterns in a room. By creating different focal points with light, a feeling of progression or movement can be created in some areas of the space, while circles of light can draw people toward those areas. The fixture shown in the image to the right is part of the Firenze Collection from Hinkley Lighting.

Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Design tips

7 Top Lighting Types For The Home

Posted by Gavin Martin on Thu, October 22, 2009

We have assembled some lighting tips as it relates to 7 of the most popular lighting types for home lighting.

Quoizel ChandeliersChandeliers

This time-honored way to add grace and elegance to a dining room setting is now being reprised in living rooms and bedrooms throughout the home. Down lighting in chandelier fixtures also provides task lighting for home work, projects and family recreation. When selecting a chandelier for the dining room, remember that it is the focal point. A chandelier should hang 30" above the table top and be 6" narrower than the table on both sides. The chandelier above is part of the Quoizel Chandeliers collection of chandeliers and one of our top manufacturers.

PendantsPendants

Pendants can provide both task and accent lighting and are ideal solutions for kitchen counters, game tables, work areas, and even end tables of special locations around the home. In addition, pendant lighting can provide a festive or intimate touch in home bars and other recreational spaces. These fixtures should hang 30" above the counter top. The pendant to the right is part of the Quoizel Pendants collection.

Halls and FoyersHalls & Foyers

Today's taller ceilings and larger foyers may require a larger fixture for dramatic effect. These fixtures not only greet your guests, but make a statement about the importance of the entrance to your home. In addition, chain-hung or close-to-ceiling fixtures are often ideal for hallways, entranceways and stairwells. The fixture shown to the right is a Quoizel Entry and Foyer Lighting collection.

Flush MountsFlush Mounts

These fixtures often provide lighting for areas such as hallways, stairwells, kitchens, baths, laundry rooms, playrooms, or bonus rooms.  The fixture to right is part of the Quoizel Flush Mount collection.

Wall FixturesWall Mounted Fixtures

Larger rooms and open floor plans have increased the utility and popularity of sconces and other wall mounted fixtures. Often, they are designed to match dining room chandeliers and other dominant fixtures in the home. Consider using wall mounted fixtures for dramatic effect in the master bedroom. Mount wall sconces 62" to 72" above the floor. The fixture to the right is part of the Quoizel Wall Lighting Collection.

 

Outdoor LightingOutdoor Lighting

These fixtures not only meet and greet your guests, they make a statement about your home and provide great "curb appeal." Make certain they are sized in proportion to your entranceway. They should be 66" above ground level. Rear entranceways can often be illuminated by using either a single wall lantern or a chain-hung fixture.  The lighting fixture to the right is part of the Quoizel Outdoor Lighting collection.

 

Bathroom LightingBathroom Lighting

As the bath has become the focus of luxury in the home, the desire for larger, more substantial bath fixtures has grown. Smaller mirrors can still be illuminated with side fixtures, which should be 60" above floor height. For larger vanity and mirror applications, it may be desirable to select a single larger fixture.

 

Tags: Design tips

Tiffany Style Lighting Guide

Posted by Gavin Martin on Thu, October 22, 2009

Tiffany LightingWith their colored glass shades and intricate designs, the craftsmanship of Tiffany Lighting has elegantly warmed homes for nearly a century. The history of Tiffany Lighting dates back to Louis Comfort Tiffany who founded the Tiffany Glass Company, which no longer exists, in 1885. Tiffany was an American Artist and designer who designed stained glass windows and lamps, glass mosaics, blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, enamels and metalwork. His father, Charles Lewis Tiffany, had previously founded the famous Tiffany & Co. jewelry store, in 1837. Today the designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany are honored and treasured around the world, confirming Tiffany's legacy as a visionary of Art Nouveau design. Tiffany has a tremendous following.

Tiffany LampsOriginal Tiffany Lamps and pieces are now priceless and sold for unbelievable  prices at exclusive auctions. Most of the original pieces are held by museums and wealthy collectors. Today, many manufacturers have created replicas of these timeless elaborate pieces. These offerings emulate classic Tiffany styling and attention to detail and LightingCatalog sells them without the hefty price tag. This allows everyday homeowners to have a little piece of American Art History.

While Tiffany lamps account for the majority of the Tiffany lighting market, lighting manufacturers are creating elaborate Tiffany lighting pieces for many applications in the home. There are elegant Tiffany Chandeliers and Tiffany Pendants that hang over the kitchen or dining room table. There are even chandeliers and Tiffany pendants for your entrance foyer. For your office, den, family room or living room there are many Tiffany Table Lamps, Tiffany Floor Lamps and Flush mount fixtures. For the kitchen island and Billiard table there are Tiffany Island Lights and Tiffany Billiard Lighting fixtures sure to make your room timeless and stylish.

If you would like to view different styles of Tiffany lighting be sure to take a look at our article titled Most Popular Tiffany Lighting Collections

Lighting Catalog is your Tiffany Lighting Catalog.  LightingCatalog.com is an online leader in Tiffany Lighting.  Top Tiffany Brands like Quoizel Lighting, Timeless Designs, Free Shipping, Largest Selection and Excellent Customer Service.  Why shop anywhere else?

Tags: Tiffany Lighting, Tiffany Lamps, Quoizel Lighting, Design tips

Design Tips on Kitchen Accent Lighting

Posted by Gavin Martin on Fri, October 16, 2009

Kitchen LightingKitchen Lighting Tips

Dramatic lighting effects can be achieved with accent light sources. You can decorate by highlighting architectural features, art objects and furniture groupings.

Accent lighting requires more concentrated light on the area or subject to be highlighted. A good guide to use would be at least 3 times more light output than the general lighting in the subject area.

The Kitchen Min-Pendant shown to the right is part of the Thomas Lighting Palazzo Collection.

Recessed adjustable spot lighting can highlight the rugged texture of a fireplace, a cove, a planter, interesting grillwork or a beautiful curving staircase. Low voltage recessed lighting provides dramatic intensity to fine art objects, floral arrangements and wall textures. Brilliant highlights contrast with dark shadows for a dynamic decorating effect.

Mini-pendants situated over a kitchen island will provide good light levels on the island surface. Mini-pendants should be hung 30" - 40" from the island surface depending on the size of the island.

Your accent lighting can emphasize bookshelves, high tech video equipment and curio furniture. Accent lighting adds an extra dimension to a room area that could otherwise be lost in darkness and proper accent lighting tends to make a room look much larger than it actually is.

Featured Brand: Thomas Lighting is one of the most recognized lighting brands in the industry for kitchen lighting and Lighting Catalog has all of your designer Thomas Lighting needs. LightingCatalog.com is an online leader of Thomas Lighting ChandeliersThomas Lighting Pendants and Thomas Lighting Foyer Lighting.  We are a member of the eImprovement.com Network of Online Stores. Free Ground Shipping on all orders over $99. Large selection, low prices and excellent customer service. The Home Lighting and Outdoor Lighting leader. Why shop elsewhere?

Tags: Kitchen Lighting, Thomas Lighting, Accent Lighting, Design tips

Recessed Lighting Tips

Posted by Gavin Martin on Fri, October 16, 2009

Recessed Lighting Tips and General Guidelines

Choose the type of lighting that best suits your needs, then select the appropriate trim.

General Task Recessed

Wet Location Recessed

Recessed LightingDifferent trims may have different maximum wattage. Recessed housings covered with insulation are restricted to a lower wattage lamp than housings in non-insulated spaces. Consult the label inside the housing for the maximum wattage allowed for a particular trim and application.

Featured Brand: Thomas Lighting is one of the most recognized lighting brands in the industry for recessed lighting and Lighting Catalog has all of your designer Thomas Lighting needs. LightingCatalog.com is an online leader of Thomas Lighting ChandeliersThomas Lighting Pendants and Thomas Lighting Foyer Lighting.  We are a member of the eImprovement.com Network of Online Stores. Free Ground Shipping on all orders over $99. Large selection, low prices and excellent customer service. The Home Lighting and Outdoor Lighting leader. Why shop elsewhere?

Tags: Recessed Lighting, Thomas Lighting, Design tips

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