At Design West, we believe light is an integral component of a room’s design. There are different purposes for light in a room, and our job is to blend the different layers of light together. Like any other aspect of design, lighting has evolved over the years. Interior Design Assistant Caitlin Litts shares her perspective on the latest trends in lighting, and how you can implement them into your home.

Efficiency and Longevity

Lighting has come a long way, especially when it comes to efficiency. LED lights have been popular recently and are becoming more budget-friendly. LEDs, or light emitting diodes, produce light 90% more efficiently than incandescent bulbs. And they last a lot longer, too – usually for several years before needing to be replaced. Not only will you get bulbs with longer lifespans, but LEDs will help lower your energy bills. It’s a win-win for both the homeowner and the environment.

Photo (shown right): Design West-Burano Model- Designer West designer JoAnna Palinchak uses large scale lantern chandelier instead of pendants to enhance a spacious kitchen look without losing light. 

Larger Fixtures with Trendy Finishes

To create a “wow” factor and attract instant attention to certain areas of a house, homeowners are falling in love with bigger fixtures. Not only do they add more light, these fixtures act as centerpieces. Large pendant fixtures can be used over the kitchen island, over the dining table, at the foyer and along exterior footpaths among other areas. At Design West, our clients have been selecting trendy finishes for their fixtures such as chrome, rose gold, polished nickel, black matte, and soft gold.

Photo (shown left): example of sleek ceiling fan’s featuring 3 blades and a light still can be attractive in a space and circulate air throughout a room. 

Smart Lighting

Thanks to the latest smart technology, homeowners can now control the light coming in and out of their homes, either through an app or by voice command, with help from devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home Assistant with BeoSound2. As homes are becoming “smarter” and more connected, smart lighting is allowing homeowners to not only control the light in their homes but let technology do the work for them, such as turning lights on or off when no one is home or lowering the light emission when natural light is coming in.

Photo (shown right) : Accent lighting plays a big role in the design of this room, the accent lighting grounds the furniture plan here, adding emphasis and visual interest in addition to the recessed cans.

Caitlin Litts ImageMore about Caitlin – Having studied Interior Design at Purdue University and completed two internships, Caitlin began her career with Design West in January 2018. She has dreamed about being a designer since she was young. She enjoys making each client’s design unique and appreciates the impact that her design work has on others’ lives.

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