While 2022 will have its own unique story to tell, lighting trends in 2022 help homeowners tell that story without words. We polled our experts for the biggest trends and unique ideas in lighting design and found that lighting, both inside and out, is an important feature to consider when designing a space. While some lighting elements are mainstays no matter the home, there are some trends that are worth taking a look at in 2022.
Some of the hottest trends in lighting design are matte black, and unique finishes, geometric shapes, minimalist style, and smart phone controls. From traditional, “matte black or soft brass finishes,” says Steve Falk of Hermitage, and unique finishes: “utilize fixtures that feature rough tree bark, cold hard stone, and lively green grass to create a space that’s as close to being one with nature as possible,” says Peg Hall Williams of Ferguson, to “larger sized chandeliers” says Jennifer Jones of Jennifer Jones Designs, our experts agree lighting design in 2022 offers options like never before.
Our survey of our experts points to brass remaining a top choice for finishes, but they also point out that mixes finishes are very popular. Our survey showed Brass, Gold, Brushed Nickel, and Black Matte are all trending. Amanda Sweeney-Jones adds, “golds and brass have been making a strong comeback,” suggesting that mixing finishes throughout the home is someone more homeowners are considering when designing lighting.
When it comes to the fixture itself, our experts point out that pendant and linear design maintains their popularity in 2022. “The most popular types of light fixtures itself are chandeliers, pendent lighting, and lamps to layer your lighting,” says Amanda Sweeney-Jones. Steve Falk adds, “Cages and linear designs are popular, but simplicity when it comes to lighting is a trend that will never go away.” Our experts also agree that natural materials are a high priority in lighting for most homeowners. Elements such as wood, clear and colored glass, are all materials that they are seeing in lighting this year.
The overall impact of lighting design for a home, our experts point out, are that good lighting brings the space, and home to life. Steve Falk says, “lighting can bring peace and beauty to a space otherwise void of personality.” Bill Patterson of the Lamp Gallery adds, “Lighting, particularly when it comes to portable lamps, serves two functions: to provide evenly spaced lighting and as decorating accents.” Amanda Sweeney-Jones agrees saying, “lighting impacts the whole mood and vibe of a space.” This idea carries over to how lighting changes from room to room, “Having enough lamps to evenly light a room and provide reading light is an important consideration,” says Bill Petterson and Amanda Sweeney-Jones adds, “pay attention to the activities you use the space for so you can determine what type of lighting you require in that room.”
When it comes to outdoor lighting design, our experts agree on importance and safety. “Lighting is a critical element in creating a luxury outdoor space, allowing the homeowner to cook all meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner and the occasional midnight snack outdoors when installed thoughtfully. General lighting near the main seating area is essential and lamps and chandeliers specifically made for outdoor use are a popular decorative accent to outdoor porches, pools, cabanas and other covered outdoor spaces,” says Peg Hall Williams. Properly designed outdoor lighting can also add magic and definition to a space or landscaping. Our experts agree that thinking about how you use the space and the safety of those who use it is important when designing outdoor lighting.
Overall, our experts agree that lighting design should extend to every area of the home. From safety to warmth to highlighting architectural features of the space, lighting design is not something to ignore. Lighting is a safety measure as well as a design element because you won’t want too many lights but neither do you want too few or bad placements. Thus, every room deserves superior lighting design.
There are a number of sources for interior lighting in the Nashville area including:
Absolute AV Consulting, Inc. Brentwood 615-656-8900
Closets by Design Franklin 615-261-8700
Crye-Leike Realty Hendersonville 615-400-8141
DC 7 Designs Nashville 615-490-2637
Decorating Den Interiors Nashville 615-469-7334
EXIT Realty Bob Lamb & Associates Murfreesboro, TN 615-606-8450
Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting
Clarksville 931-647-0276 Lebanon 615-444-2111
Murfreesboro 615-890-5599 Nashville 615-385-3054
Hermitage Lighting Gallery Nashville 615-843-3300
Ironware Nashville 615-726-2500
Jennifer Jones Design, Inc. Nashville, TN 615-269-6459
Just Design This Auburntown 615-606-8450
Kenny & Company Nashville 615-782-8000
The Lamp Gallery Murfreesboro 615-893-8355
Luminosity Lighting Gallery Hendersonville 615-431-2872
Nashville Lamp & Shade Nashville 615-828-9550
PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Showroom Nashville 615-490-8316
Preservation Station Nashville 615-292-3595
ReFresh Home Franklin 615-472-1336
The Snooty Fox Brentwood 615-661-4561
Southeastern Salvage Home Emporium Chattanooga 423-385-1841
Team One Electrical Services Brentwood 615- 323-9670