How to Tie your Open Concept Floor Plan Together with Lighting
When you first move in to your new home, you can easily be overwhelmed with all of the new possibilities of home décor now open to you. One of the many things on your to do list will be to update your lighting. Often times we move in and are left with the little pig tail hanging out of the ceiling and while this can be frustrating, don’t let it get you down! Take advantage of this lighting no-no and get into your closest lighting store to update your new home!
Nowadays the open concept floor plan allows for the kitchen, dining room and living room all to be seen through one viewpoint. With this open concept you can easily view your kitchen pendants, dining room chandelier and living room lights. Now this can be a little intimidating to keep all of our décor seamless and elegant all the way through. However, have no fear – we are here to help!
The best way to navigate your lighting choices in the era of open-concept is to decide on a finish/material, style, or shape to unite your lighting fixtures. Let’s start with the easiest one on this list.
Matching finish or materials is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your home has a seamless transition between rooms. For example, hanging Z-Lite’s Iuka 16” Pendant in Brushed Nickel along your kitchen island in sight of Z-Lite’s Meshsmith 12” Flush Mount in Brushed Nickel in the hallway would make a fabulous pairing. The Brushed Nickel finish of both of these fixtures allow for them to easily work together to compliment your home décor. The additional mesh detailing allows these items the same industrial styling to be paired together.
Gray Meets Color
Grays have been all the rage but we’re starting to see the comforting, neutral tone paired with big, bright colors. Think gray with accents of spring greens and yellows and even jewel-toned purples.
The Fifth Wall
Ceilings will be seen. The ceiling A.K.A the fifth wall is another surface where you can allow your creative juices to flow. From creative mouldings to fantastic paint and plaster treatments no room will be finished without a ceiling treatment.
It’s true. The warmth and richness of real wood is back in a big way. Natural wood surfaces vs. painted will be at the forefront of upcoming design trends, anticipate a re-emerging of natural wood finishes from light to dark and in every tone!
Once just the go-to source for color trends, Pantone has since branched out to home décor. #1 on its list is Geometric Patterns. It has graced the list for a few years now but is really expected to take off in 2018. The reason is quite simple; it’s easy to implement. Try geometric tile in a bathroom or kitchen, wallpaper for an accent wall or ceiling, light fixtures anywhere or fabric on throw pillows or curtains. These are just a few ways to incorporate this easy to do trend into your home.
Inspired by ancient Japanese philosophy, wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection and allowing age and time to take its natural course. Wabi-sabi teaches you to focus on the history and story behind an object, not simply its aesthetic. In home decor, wabi-sabi inspires minimalism. The palette is drawn from browns, blacks, grays, earthy greens, and rusts. This form of interior design is perfect for those seeking utility, natural beauty, and nostalgia.
All in all, 2018 promises to bring a wide range of home décor trends that will appeal to everyone. From wood, purples and metallic to hippy boho, wallpaper and intense colour 2018 will be the year to let it all out and have some fun with whatever inspires you.