2018 Trends to Watch For

With the release of Pantones 2018 Colour of the Year (Ultra Violet) it seems like there is no time like the present to look at what’s ahead for home décor for 2018.

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.

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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.

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Wood
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!

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Geometric Pieces
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.

Check out this sneak peek into one of Z-Lite’s new 2018 pieces!

Wabi-sabi
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.

Z-Lite’s versitality and durabilty of fixtures allows for fixtures to fit right into the wabi-sabi styling.

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.

Pro Tip: Grand Entrance Lighting

Grand Entrance Lighting

First impressions are important! Whether it be for a job interview, or your first date with someone new, you want to make a good impression. The same is true when it comes to home décor! Your entryway sees the most traffic and will always have the most eyes on it. You want to ensure that the entryway of your home reflects your home’s personality and leaves a lasting impression. A quick fix to brighten up your home is to change out your lighting fixtures in the entryway.

Selecting a lighting fixture for your entryway can be overwhelming as there are so many different things to consider.

Will the door hit the light?

Will it be bright enough?

What about the style?

Should I use a pendant, a flush mount or something else?

Not to worry!

We have put together a selection of tips and tricks to help you get the grand entrance that your home deserves!

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Pendant vs Flush Mount Lighting

Pendant or flush mount? That decision is entirely up to you, but here are some things to consider.

Is it a single-height space or double-height space?

In a single-height space, you are more likely to prefer the look of a flush mount or semi-flush mount. This will allow your family and visitors to walk freely under the fixture without fear of injury. In a double-height space you have more room to play! A pendant or semi-flush mount fixture could hang beautifully in the space.

Where is the light box placed?

Unless you are planning to pay for an electrician to move the position of your light box or are doing a new build, the placement of your light box will determine how far down your fixture could hang, and also the height of the fixture you choose. If your light box is hung in the door’s swinging range you will want to ensure that your light is not in the line of fire! Give your light 3-4” of clearance to ensure that when you bring something large through the door, your light will not be impacted.

Style is Everything!

The style of your entryway should compliment the style of your home. Are you interested in a clear, clean-cut contemporary look? Or have your design decisions been influenced by the vintage, industrial trends? Whatever your style, be sure to choose a lighting fixture that compliments it!

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The Bulbs… Oh the Bulbs!

Creating the perfect inviting glow into your home is essential to creating the right impression. The type of bulb you use in your fixture will have a significant impact on the kind of light cast from the fixture. To give a warm and welcoming feeling to your entryway, use warm-colour temperature lamps like incandescent and halogen bulbs. Using a dimmer will also help to add flair to your entryway. If you choose a high-efficiency light source like a LED fixture or fluorescent, use a 2700K temperature.

Looking for more entryway inspiration check out our Pinterest Page!

Extreme Makeover: Lighting Edition

Your home should be a reflection of you and your family and it’s fun to design and decorate your home to match you style. However, style can change and it can get costly to update your whole home or even just a room. A simple, and often inexpensive way to update your style is through your lighting choices. You’d be surprised by the impact a fixture can have on a space.

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It’s also a suitable way to update any home – whether you have a house in the suburbs, an apartment in the city, or a cottage by the lake. Lighting can transform any space!

Lighting Things to Consider

When changing the lighting in a space, there are some things you will need to consider. You want to make a statement, but one that works with the space, not against it. A fixture too big will dwarf your furnishings, but something too small will get lost in the space.

You also need to consider how much light your space needs. Does the room get morning light or afternoon light? Is there a lot of natural light, or do nearby buildings block the sun all day long? All these factors will influence what type of fixture will work in your space.

You will want the fixture to work with any existing elements in your space as well. Consider your new light fixture in relationship to your furniture, fabrics, colour palette and accessories. You don’t want it to stick out in a bad way.

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Be You!

When you are spending time and money for a new item for your home, you might be tempted to play it safe and go with something tame and expected. While this is a fine, why not let your style shine and take chances? Choose something unexpected. There are some many uniquely shaped light fixtures available. If you have a bold personality, chose a fixture with a personality.

Buying a fixture is an investment and not only monetary. Adding a fixture to your space can completely change it, so choose your favorite! Ensure that you’ll be happy in the long run with your selection.

You don’t always have to play it safe. It is good to break the rules every now and then and step out of your comfort zone. You might surprise yourself.

 

Looking for some inspiration – check out our Pinterest page!

Transitioning to Fall – Trends in Dècor

Fall is officially here! It’s time to trade those air conditioners and bright colours for jewel tones and blankets. This blog post will focus on this using this year’s decor trends to create the perfect fall space.

COLOUR

This year is all about creating a cozy space with layered rooms using bold patterns and colours throughout your dècor. Try using rich browns and grays, warm caramel, and deep greens. Pantone’s colour of the year Greenery is an excellent choice as it translates across seasons. Not interested in deep colours? This fall is going to see sophisticated pastels like blush pink and dusty blue, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Finally, black is always a safe bet to creating a sophisticated space, and it will really help other colours pop. Try adding an accent wall, black furniture, or fixtures.

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TEXTURE, TEXTURE, TEXTURE.

Remember “layered rooms?”, by using a variety of fabrics and textures, you can create the ultimate cozy space – think cushions, blanket throws, table runners, curtains and more. These are often easy and inexpensive pieces to update a space for the season. Fabrics to look for this fall: velvet, fleece, flannel and cotton. Velvet is a very luxe fabric that can really elevate a room and add the perfect touch of glamour, while cotton is the perfect choice for transitioning between seasons and has a simplicity that can work with any space.

HYGGE – WHAT?

You’ve probably heard of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) by now—the Danish term is used to describe the feeling of homeliness and coziness.

Hygge is a concept you can apply to both your décor and lifestyle just by making a few changes.  Try creating a light focal point, adding rustic elements or by incorporating an ultra chic fur piece to enhance any room. When welcoming Hygge into your home, woolen pieces are a must have –  these work as cozy sitting room pieces but can be easily incorporated into the bedroom as well.

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WARM METALLIC DÈCOR

Whether it be a light fixture, faucet or accessory – matte black and other dark bronze colours are making an appearance in décor this fall. While brushed metals aren’t going anywhere, they are taking a back seat for now.  Adding warm metallics like brass, copper or golden bronze will instantly add a bit of glam to a space, but give that warmth sought after in the cooler seasons. If going for a light fixture, pendant lighting is still in demand this season, or try a few table lamps in these finishes to really bring a space together.

 

This fall, go ahead and take some risks with your dècor and create the perfect space! Z-Lite will be there to help with fixtures to match any style. We can’t wait to see what you create.

Want some inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page HERE!

Sconces: Product Spolight

Product Spotlight Series: Sconces

In our product spotlight series, we will take a look at the various fixtures that Z-Lite has to offer and talk about how to work them into your decor – no matter your style. In our first spotlight, we’ll be discussing sconces.

Sconces are wall mounted light fixtures, used to create ambient light or as accent lighting wherever they are used. Sconces are commonly used in bathrooms, hallways, stairwells, or even by a fireplace. Due to their size and subtlety, they are very versatile fixtures.

When planning where a sconce should go in a home, the general rule is that the fixture should be five feet from the ground if you have 8 foot ceilings. As stated before, sconces aren’t meant to be a primary source of light, but rather as accent lighting or for ambient light.

For some inspiration, see our examples below.

Stairway

 

 

Pictured here is the modern-inspired 616-1S-BN from the Tian family. It brings a touch of contemporary flair and really helps complete the look of the room.

View more from this family HERE!

Fireplace

 

 

Pictured here is the 446-2S- BZGD from the Geist family. Note how the style is modern, but due to the finishes on the fixture, a more transitional look is achieved, emphasizing the warm tones of the fire place.

View more from this family HERE!

Hallway

 

Pictured here is the 3001-3SCH, from the Czarina family. Its ultra modern finish and elegant crystal design adds a touch of class to the area.

View more from this family HERE!

 

 

 

These are just a few of many ways to incorporate a scone into your home. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find a way that truly works for you and your home.

Z-lite Inc carries a number of sconces, which can be found HERE!