The Latest in Lighting

Trends to make your living space shine bright.

No longer an afterthought in home décor, lighting design is now taking center stage. As upstate New York interior designer Leah Margolis puts it, lighting should be “the jewelry of the room.” Your gorgeous sofa and lush carpet may be the perfect outfit—but the breathtaking chandelier is the crowning jewel. Just as with jewelry, it’s important to consider which trends are worthwhile investments for your taste.

Oversized lighting
“Lighting shouldn’t be a backdrop,” Margolis says, “it should make a statement.” And when it comes to bold statements, size matters. Every home should have one room with an over-scale, show-stopping light fixture. Try these celestial spheres by Moooi (contact designer for price) in your entranceway or this whimsical sculpture-inspired pendant by Le Klint ($519) in children’s rooms.

Mixed metals
Gone is the era of perfectly matched pillows, symmetrical bedside tables—and identical metal accents. Contrast your sleek stainless steel kitchen with an unexpected copper fixture. Pair a brushed nickel lamp with a hammered gold bowl in the library. Margolis suggests the large Hicks Pendant by Thomas O’Brien ($630), which features a bronze finish with antique brass accents for a stylish two-tone look. And Babette Holland has an aluminum lamp finished in chocolate and gold metallic hues ($449)—perfect for the home office.

Industrial aesthetic
Relocate the practical fixtures of factories, barns and warehouses to the cozy corners of your home—and you’ve got the hard-meets-soft artistry of industrial décor. Position spotlight standing lamps in dens or game rooms, and install flush-mounted cage filaments or barn guard sconces in hallways. Margolis also suggests choosing pieces in fun colors that coordinate with the rest of the interior. Choose two or three of these retro powder-coated pendants by Barn Light Electric ($164) in different shades and hang them at varying heights. Or for a neutral palette, place this steel drum pendant by Candelabra ($526.25) over a rustic wood dining table.