When we think of trends, the lists tend to focus on wall colors, kitchens and baths before they expand to other design elements in the home. But illumination is crucial for functional spaces — especially during late fall and winter, when we have more darkness than light.

Lighting will make — or break — your space. Here is a look at some of the latest trends in the world of lighting.


Back in (matte) black. A touch of mystery, combined with a pinch of sophistication and a dash of demure sexiness, matte black is hot. It is showing up in every aspect of lighting: shades, arm extensions, bases. In some case it is on its own, but we also see increasing pairings of black with gold and bronze tones. Our favorite look is a gold-lined black shade that casts a warm, glowing light.

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Golden glow. Fear not, gold’s re-emergence is not about to fade gracefully into the background to make way for matte black. It is more than capable of standing on its own. And simply put, it shines. Think contemporary glam with soft shapes — lots of circles, orbs and organic references.

Sconces in kitchens. The trend of minimal upper cabinets in kitchens has introduced new opportunities for lighting. Rather than relying solely on recessed lights, some homeowners are installing sconces. Ideally, the sconces include extension arms so they can be used optimally for multiple tasks.

Lights as art. Lighting, to some extent, has always had a sculptural element, at least within rooms where the light is a showpiece. In that sense, lighting can act as jewelry for the room. Yes, a striking fixture can stand-alone and be beautiful and, when added to an interior, it can catapult the room to a new level.

Exposed. Clustered or on their own, many fixtures are showing off their suspension cords and hanging loose. In some cases, the intention is to draw attention to the brightly colored cord and simple accompanying shade. These fixtures often have a whimsical look and invite the staggering of heights and use of different shapes when grouped together.

Bent wood. The organic, sculptural theme continues through the use of wood — both slatted and bent into fluid forms that move the eye. Not only is the form artistic, but the way the light falls from the openings casts great shadows.