Twice a year, in January and June, thousands from around the world flock to the Dallas Market Center for the “LIGHTOVATION” tradeshow, where lighting manufacturers reveal their latest indoor and outdoor decorative lighting to folks like us here at Lumens. What’s shown in Dallas is a bellwether of the brightest and best top trends in lighting soon to be seen in homes and commercial spaces.
The Lumens team was there just a few short weeks ago, and captured a few design trends we’re excited to see more of in 2018:
Trend #1: Asymmetrical Shapes
While many lighting manufacturers showcased the traditionally perfect round, triangular or square-shaped silhouettes, asymmetrical shapes with purposefully askew designs will be hot in 2018. LBL Lighting introduced the Malena Collection with Pearl glass globes and Antique Bronze arms, which has a touch of mid-century modern style. (The nine-light version is shown above.) Asymmetrical shapes like these typically fit best in modern and contemporary décor.
Trend #2: Matte Black Finishes
As matte black kitchen appliances and paint are now trending, so is lighting. Not only does matte black deliver an inviting look, it can add drama. Manufacturers unveiled many matte black-finished lights for 2018, including this large Hex pendant light by Tech Lighting. This finish was noted mostly on mid-century modern and art deco designs with clean lines and a balance of form and art.
Trend #3: “City” Farmhouse
While the modern farmhouse is still beloved by many, many of the top lighting designers say that, this style will move to city spaces, where it’s not typically expected. The result is a slightly revised moniker: “city farmhouse,” exemplified by designs with a strong industrial edge that fits well in urban homes and condos.
Trend #4: Large-Scale Statement Lighting
Whether traditional or transitional, contemporary to shabby chic, large-scale statement lighting has grown to huge proportions, and not just for chandeliers over large tables. If you have a large foyer, think about creating a dynamic “wow” with a large-scale lighting fixture. While providing functional illumination, it serves as a bold focal point that draws the eye upward, then down to the rest of the room.
Shown above is the Davlin Collection from Sea Gull Lighting. Its largest chandelier is almost 36″ high and 26″ in diameter. Many lighting manufacturers at LIGHTOVATION showcased pendants and chandeliers that were over four feet high. So, you better not be afraid to go big in a big space!
Trend #5: Warm Gold Tones
Warm, gold tone finishes started to trend in 2017, and were out again in full force at this year’s LIGHTOVATION. According to many manufacturers and lighting designers, gold tones—not to be confused with yesteryear’s brassy finishes—add richness and depth to interiors. Many lighting fixtures that had gold mixed with other textures were particularly popular, such as this Viaggio suspension and wall sconce we spotted in the Tech Lighting Dallas showroom. These blended a black body with a gold finish.
If you’re moving into a new home, remodeling an existing one, or just want to update your décor, lighting—just like painting—is one of the easiest ways to give an old space a new look. If you’re looking for the latest lighting ideas, take some cues from the biannual LIGHTOVATION trade show, and have fun choosing lighting that’s both on trend and suitable to your tastes. (And keep an eye out in the coming months for all the lighting designs featured here to become available for purchase.)