By Ann-Marie Appleton
This is one of those trends that make perfect sense. When total energy costs are considered over the long term, LED lighting is both more affordable and more practical than other alternatives.
While the upfront costs for LED lighting do tend to be higher, the overall energy costs associated with LED lighting are considerably lower when calculated over an entire lifespan of use.
If you’re a homeowner, you can get in on this trend by evaluating and budgeting for a switch to LED lighting in your home. This is one of those tangible investments that you can both enjoy now and profit from in the long term.
Residential designers have reported an upswing in demand for LED lighting, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom. LED cabinet lighting and inside drawers is in especially strong demand – when you open a drawer or cabinet, the light inside is triggered to instantly turn on.
There’s also significant interest in outdoor LED lighting. As clients embrace the trend towards outdoor living, many are revamping their patios, porches, driveways and garden areas with additional lighting. LED strip lighting is also trending upwards.
Pendant lighting is a hot item at the moment. Some in-demand pendant lighting draws inspiration from the past, while other styles are uniquely contemporary in design. Bowl pendants and drum pendants are both important silhouettes. Multi-light pendants are another important category, with many trend-setters choosing to incorporate several fixtures into their interior designs.
Chandeliers are still popular and there are a couple of clear trends emerging.
First, there’s significant demand for value-priced contemporary chandeliers that don’t compromise on style. Mini-chandeliers fit into this category, with dazzling small sized options being just right for limited size spaces such as apartments, smaller rooms, attic bedrooms and guest suites.
Chandeliers aren’t just for dining rooms any more – we’re seeing them surface just about everywhere, from kitchens and bathrooms to laundry rooms.
Warm metals are trendy for 2015 and they’re making appearances in many places throughout the home. Many of our lighting suppliers are getting in on the trend, offering a variety of lovely copper-colored pendant lights and various copper sconces and lamps.
Wall sconce lighting serves the dual purpose of providing ambient light and making a design statement.
Perhaps it’s a backlash against the new LEDs, or maybe it’s just a nod to the past, but the old fashioned Edison style light bulb is a trend that shows no sign of stopping. These vintage style bulbs look great in exposed light fixtures and add an instant warm industrial vibe to any room.
The shower is usually more than just a place to get clean and energised, it is also a place for grooming as well. So if you perform activities like shaving as part of your everyday showering ritual, a dedicated functional light will make life much easier.
The simplest solution is to add one or two recessed spotlights in the ceiling above the shower. This will give you the extra light you need to make tasks like shaving go smoother than ever.
Ann-Marie Appleton is the director of interior design company Frobisher Interiors.
She holds a diploma in interior design and is a member of DINZ. Visit www.frobisher.co.nz