Lighting Trends for 2023: 5 Popular Ways to Illuminate Your Home this year.
We publish our lighting trends report every year, and this year we’ve identified five exciting lighting trends we are seeing becoming increasingly popular in Australian homes. So if you are getting ready to give your home a makeover, or you are an interior designer who wants to give your clients the latest look, you are in the right place! We’ve got all the latest ‘on trend’ ways to illuminate your home to make your space look beautiful, stylish and functional.
This years selection includes statement lighting, use of natural materials, energy efficient lighting, vintage and retro lights, and the trend towards creating zones within a room. Read on to find out more!
First up, we have the trend of statement lighting. This is all about making a bold statement with your lighting fixtures. Think chandeliers with unique and unexpected shapes or large pendant lights that make a statement in a room. These fixtures can be used as the focal point of a room, or as a conversation starter in an otherwise minimalist space. They are perfect for making a grand entrance or adding drama to a room. The key is to choose something that catches the eye and makes an impact.
We like using 3 pendant lights together to create a more dramatic effect and focal point for a room, or even using 2 or 3 suspension cords with different lengths paired with filament globes for that classic look. This natural timber light suspension from Oriel Lighting combines statement lighting together with our 2nd trend below, natural materials.
Another trend that's gaining popularity is the use of natural materials in lighting fixtures. This trend has been around for a few years and is showing no signs of slowing down. Some companies are taking it a step further however and we are starting to see nature coming inside, with more unique materials being used such as wood, stone and even shells.
These materials add a warm and organic feel to a space and can help to create a cozy and welcoming ambiance in a room.
You can achieve this look in your home in a few simple ways. For example add a wooden chandelier to create rustic charm to a dining room, or install a stone or concrete pendant light in a living area to create a natural and earthy feel.
We are also seeing rattan, bamboo, wicker and other similar materials getting off to a good start in 2023. People love these informal natural styles, but are also drawn to them because of their lower carbon footprint and better environmental credentials.
Energy Efficient LED Lighting
LED lighting is also becoming more and more popular for its energy efficiency and versatility. LED downlights can be used to create a variety of different effects and can be dimmed to create the perfect ambiance for any occasion. Plus, they last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, so you won't have to worry about replacing them as often. They are perfect for creating a modern and sleek look in a room and also for saving energy.
We predict that state government rebates to replace bulbs with LED globes will continue, and even be improved during the year, and have committed to phasing out all incandescent bulbs in our store by the end of this year.
With improvements to LED globes including their colour temperature range, flicker and ability to dim mean there’s now no reason to use the older, more expensive, and higher energy use globes.
Vintage and Retro Lighting
At Discount Lighting we’ve always been big fans of vintage and retro lights. We are seeing strong sales of leadlight table lamps, bankers lamps and other decorative and retro style table and floor lamps. There are so many different styles of vintage or retro lights to choose from, and even though we like to think we have a great selection of replica lights, which rival the real thing, nothing beats shopping in your local second-hand store and finding a bargain antique light!
We are also starting to see customers combine vintage style lighting and then give them a modern twist. Think Art Deco-inspired chandeliers or vintage-looking pendant lights. These fixtures can add a touch of nostalgia to a space, and work especially well in spaces with a more vintage or industrial aesthetic. They are perfect for adding a touch of character and personality to a room. A vintage-looking chandelier can add a touch of glamour to a living room, while a retro pendant light can give a kitchen a retro feel.
Zones within a Room
This is the last trend we are going to cover in this article, and its about using lights to create zones within a room. Rather than thinking just about the entire room as one space, think about creating sections within a room as zones. This is especially important with open plan spaces which can lack warmth.
This look can be achieved using different types of lighting in different areas of a room, such as using a chandelier as the main light source in the dining area and table lamps as task lighting in a living area. This allows you to create different moods in different areas of a room and make the space more functional. By creating different zones, you can also highlight specific areas of a room and make them more inviting and user-friendly. For example, you can use a dimmer switch to create a cozy ambiance in a living room and use a brighter light in a home office to make it more conducive to work.
What lights are you going to install in 2023?
There you have it; our top 5 lighting trends for 2023. Whether you're looking to make a statement with a bold fixture or bring a touch of nature into your home, there's a trend out there for everyone. The key is to choose the lighting that best reflects your personal style and makes your space look and feel beautiful.
Lighting can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of a room, so it's worth taking the time to find the perfect fixtures for your home.
Have we missed a lighting trend or style you think we should have included? Get in touch we’d love to hear from you (and if you can include some pictures of your lights we might even include them in our next blog post!). Happy lighting!