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The Most Popular 2020 Home Lighting Trends

Dec 30, 2019

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to look ahead to the new year ahead of us. What will 2020 home lighting trends bring us?

This year, we’ve seen a lot of lighting trends pop up and wear down. We saw a move away from cool colors and icier metals and a return to soft golds and warm tones. Industrial and vintage styles with matte black finishes, popular last year, were reimagined in new and exciting ways. Statements got bigger and bolder, as lighting served as modern art and a centerpiece for grand living rooms and small foyers alike.

2020 looks like it’s going to be a great year for home lighting. Read on to discover what your favorite trend will be.

Home Lighting Trends by Room

Kitchen Lights for Entertaining

The kitchen has always needed, and will likely always need, utility lighting. Thoughtful task lighting and bright, fresh ambient lighting are important tools for preparing meals safely and easily. But as guests flock to the great smells coming from your kitchen, in 2020, you may want to turn on your kitchen accent lighting.

Pendant lights are a great way to add accent lighting to your kitchen without taking up precious counter space. Choose pendants with shades that express the personality of your home or a statement fixture that draws the eye, then let them shine from within for hours with an energy-efficient LED bulb

Bathroom Lighting Trends

Bathroom lighting fixtures in 2020 will be sleek, minimal, and simple. You can incorporate this trend into any bathroom, though, even one that is over-the-top and maximalist. Installing light strips along the ceiling or floor makes for a modern, futuristic look.

Try sleek tube lights as bathroom vanity lighting on either side or on top of your mirror for flattering bathroom lighting that’s both functional and stylish. You can also consider lighting the bathroom mirror from behind for an understated, upscale, and luxurious glowing effect.

Or, take advantage of the trend to stock up on your basics. Minimal trends are a great reminder to invest in classic, timeless ceiling lights and bath lights that will complement any passing style or trend to come.

2020 Lighting Styles

Woven Natural Materials

As the return of mid-century styles filled our homes with vintage and vintage-inspired furniture and lighting over the last few years, the “outside-in” philosophy of design has gained in popularity once more.

Bringing nature into the home, and allowing it to shine through large windows and glass doors, makes a home and its inhabitants feel connected to their surroundings.

But even if you don’t live in the middle of a forest, you can take advantage of the interesting textures and materials this trend brings. Some popular natural materials include wood, straw, bamboo, jute, and rattan. Natural material brings a spa-like feeling to your home that is both relaxing and upscale.

Incorporating this trend into your home can be as simple as swapping out a few lampshades for shades woven from natural materials in your living room or bedroom. Or, if you want to make a statement, try a simple, down-to-earth woven jute or bamboo pendant hanging in place of an ornate metal or crystal chandelier.

Industrial Style and Black Finishes

On the flipside of this return to nature is an embrace of all things industrial. This lighting trend especially compliments homes that already feature plenty of distressed wood, concrete, and metal. But even country homes and french decor can benefit from the character that industrial pieces bring to a room. Industrial style lighting can be subtly incorporated as a layer of depth just as easily as it can take over the entire design style of a home.

The simplest way to achieve this trend without emptying your wallet on trendy fixtures is to look for lights with matte black finishes. Even if they are not specifically marketed as “industrial style,” the black finish, especially if echoed throughout your task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting, will communicate industrial-era charm.

Geometric Shape Fixtures

Last year, we saw more and more designers choosing sculptural light fixtures as eye-catching focal points for a room. The fixtures pulled double duty as they provided functional light and served as modern art that wowed guests and brought life into otherwise minimal spaces.

This year, the fondness for sculptural lighting continues, now focusing on especially geometric shaped fixtures. This makes the trend even more accessible for those of us who aren’t quite ready to invest in giant, artisanal chandeliers, too.

You can find floor lamps with geometric shades, or even mix and match to pair a colorful geometric table lamp with a graphic, square shade. Or, try a repetition of sconces with straight lines that draw the eye upward, making hallways and entryways look taller and more spacious.

Exterior lighting is a great place to try the geometric lighting trend, since so many outdoor elements of our homes tend to be graphic and straight-lined, too. Geometric outdoor lights will mirror those elements for a cohesive, strong, yet understated look. Wall lights and path lights will round out the lighting scheme while blending into their surroundings more, letting your geometric fixtures stand out.

The Best Light Bulbs for the New Year

A modern home in 2020 deserves modern lighting—all the way down to the light bulb. Filling your home with exciting new lighting trends is even more fun when you know it won’t drive up your energy bill or take a toll on the environment.

Check out TCP’s wide selection of energy efficient LED light bulbs. From minimal, hassle-free downlights to LED filament bulbs to your reliable, versatile classic LED bulb, TCP has what you need to make the home you imagine a reality.

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