Lighting trends for autumn/winter
As the nights draw in, we look at the trends that will be lighting the way this autumn/winter
Look for striking shapes that make a statement. Wire, clay, curves… see out lights that are a work of art on their own right. Habitat’s sculptural collection features pill shaped shades in its Aurora range, offering a soft glow, and metal cages that throw patterns onto walls and ceilings. “Aurora casts a warm ambient glow through its frosted glass ‘pills’ held in place by an elegant brushed brass stem. The five bulb version plays with the light positioning in a spiral formation as a statement focal point. A single lamp version features a polished white marble base and a leaning brass stem, a cool mix of luxe materials,” notes Habitat’s James Cottingham.
Heart of glass
Beautiful glass lights are big news this season. Pick a pop of colour or opt for more moodier hues. “Hand-blown glass is the best choice if you’re looking to introduce colour. Unlike mass-produced, machine-made glass, each piece is crafted with care and attention, resulting in a glass of the finest colour, clarity and brilliance,” notes Peter Bowles, founder/MD, of Original BTC. “We’re seeing a whole rainbow of coloured glass light fittings entering the market, but we believe that anthracite is the finish that will stand the test of time. Pared-back and elegant, glossy anthracite glass works in all manner of interiors schemes and is the perfect showcase for filament bulbs.”
Inspired by nature
Create a cosy autumn/winter Scandi-style retreat. mix with thick knit throws and cushions or pair with chocolate leather. “Natural fibres like bamboo, rattan and other woven grasses add a wonderful element of textured detail to a room and provide a sense of carefree charm wherever they are used. Overwork the look and you risk turning your home into a kitsch Tiki bar but used sparingly as accents that blend with the interior scheme you already have, and this stylish and sustainable material will add an easy elegance. Due to the very nature of the materials and the organic shapes, these pendants will cast beautiful patterns of light onto walls and floors as it filters through the slats, creating an eye-catching shadowplay and a soft, subtle glow,” says Modish Living.
Tapping into the retro trend this season, we are seeing all kinds of lighting referencing the past. You don’t need a whole room of period style to make this work with vintage lighting working against all kinds of backdrops. Be bold and make it beautiful with art deco-inspired lamps, go industrial in kitchens with pendant shades, or look out for mid-century style chandeliers that will add drama to any room. Filament light bulbs and twisted or dark cables add to the aesthetic.