SHINING A LIGHT ON YOUR HOME

Lighting is a feature often overlooked by homeowners, but changing a fixture or two can update your home’s personality, make spaces feel larger, more open, and more welcoming. On the other hand, poorly lit spaces can compromise the aesthetics and functionality of any room.


“It’s like jewellery for your home,” says Jan Noland, representative at Glass Lighting Gallery & Home Finishings in Barrie.


“Lights can change the personality of your whole home. It can cheer you up and change your perspective. It’s a quick fix when you want to make a change.”


While a beautiful fixture can make your entryway a delight, changing the light in a walk-in closet or bathroom is an affordable way to update your home. Consider the size of the space, age, style and character of your home and then let your creativity lead the way.
“For a lot of people, it’s fun to change the lights because it’s a personal touch and it gives their home an individual, creative look.”


Whether you are looking for ways to customize your new home or you are thinking about upgrading a Century home, consider changing your lighting for a new and exciting look.


Here are some popular trends in lighting for 2019:
Industrial lighting has been gaining popularity for years, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to disappear anytime soon. It appeals to our sense of history and the desire to reuse or recycle.


Because patterns and symmetry are pleasing to the eye, light fixtures utilizing geometric designs have become increasingly popular. Dramatic angles create neat patterns of light that bounce throughout the room and add obvious visual flair to any space.


Modular lighting fixtures are a newer avenue of geometric fixtures, allowing for customization based on specific needs or moods. Of course, before you go picking up a new decorative chandelier for your living room, consider the space first. What kind of patterns do you have already? What colours? They say black goes with anything, but gold may not. Remember to be wary of size as well—your new fixture should be a complement to your style, even serve as a talking point, but it shouldn’t overwhelm everything else.
LED lights have become increasingly popular, especially with advances in technology allowing for smaller, brighter lights in a wider variety of colour temperatures. For stylish accent lighting in the kitchen or everyday illumination from table lamps, pendant lights and chandeliers, consider exchanging outdated bulbs with LEDs. Not only will they last longer, but they’ll end up saving you money as well.


Mixed material lighting fixtures fuse contrasting materials like wood and metal or metal and glass. Fixtures that feature more than one material are popular simply because they’re interesting to look at.


When it’s time to start changing your interior or exterior lighting, schedule a one-on-one consultation to get started. 


“We have something for everyone and you don’t have to do everything all at once,” advises Noland. You can start small. It could be as simple as putting a chandelier in your bathroom and there’s your spa. Something that simple can make a world of difference.”

by Robin MacLennan

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