Illumination

Four examples of trendy lamps.

Top 2015 Lighting Trends

Way back machine: Industrial vintage fixtures, complete with old timey Edison lightbulbs, are in. Includes repurposed or reused fixtures as well as the new made to look old—so called “refined rustics.”

Ring in the bling: Sparkly fixtures, including large and mini chandeliers or other fixtures made with gold or silver leaf, glass or crystals, remain a dramatic, elegant touch to your décor.

A la mode: Modern fixtures made from stainless steel, glass or other manmade products add a functional, yet artistic element to the contemporary room.

Sea me: Coastal-themed lighting pairs natural materials such as capiz shells with neutral or light-colored materials to create a mood as easygoing as a day at the beach.

Go for the Gold: If you haven’t updated your gold-toned lighting fixtures, hold tight. Polished brass—known these days as brushed bronze—is back.

Set the scene: Go totally techie with keypad scene settings to control lighting. Or use radio frequency remote control apps with your iPhone or iPad.

Future current: LED (light emitting diode) fixtures are constantly evolving. They cost more up front, but pay off in lower energy costs. The trick is finding LEDs that emit just the right “color temperature,” with warm being yellowish and blue a cooler light. Look for something in between.

Super hot now: Are ribbon LEDs for under cabinets or as accents—bulbs last 20,000 hours! And LED puck lights (round fixtures with several bulbs) work well overhead in bathroom vanities or when used with LED side-mounted sconces for no-shadow lighting.

Sources: Madison Lighting designer Danielle Vultaggio and Terri Schmidt, owner/design director at DreamHouse/DreamKitchens.

Clockwise from center left: Refined Rustic by Feiss. Industrial Vintage by Hinkley Lighting. Chandelier by Feiss; Available at Madison Lighting, madisonlighting.com. “Spellbound” Modern Fixture by Corbett Lighting, corbettlighting.com.

— Marni McEntee

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