While we may not think about it every day, our décor and purchasing are highly influenced by general trends in society. During the financial crisis, for example, décor was very much characterised by white walls and interiors with neutral colours. Recent years have seen a booming economy, and therefore we have been bolder in the use of colours in our homes. In 2019, the colours are a little more subdued, focusing on delicate earthy tones, with grey, brown and beige in particular gaining ground. But in no way are we returning to bare white walls.
It is not only the colours that take us “back to nature” – but also to a large extent the materials with which we surround ourselves in the home. We will be seeing more wicker, wood and textiles. The trend is for us to retreat somewhat from the voluminous and decadent style with velvet and lots of bling, and move more in the direction of “simple living”. As we return to more subdued colours, it will also be reflected in more organic shapes in furniture, interior design and, of course, lamps.
We noted a major trend in lighting beginning to develop in 2018 – the mix between beautiful opal white glass and brass. The two materials combined create an exclusive and feminine style that complements the other décor in the most elegant way.
We will also see gorgeous detail in wood, which will help soften up the otherwise rigorous design. The same is true of lampshades in fabrics. They offer cosiness in their tactile surfaces and the pleasant glow they provide.
Another trend is matte surfaces on pendant lights – preferably with a satin-soft look. The matte surfaces go well with the exquisitely earthy colours that we are going to see a lot of in 2019. The organic shapes are also a key trend in lighting, and we are seeing beautifully rounded edges and curves.
In 2019, we will be focusing on details and function. New and improved lighting experiences are planned into the design, which is why a lamp is not just a lamp this season. For example, we are seeing small holes in lampshades that cause the light to spread out in the most scintillating way.
As with Design For The People, we at the Nordlux brand will also experience the mix of opal white glass and brass details, giving the lamps an exclusive look. Beyond this, there will be additional focus on organic shapes. The soft round shapes have an ease about them that melds wonderfully with the Nordic décor and creates a soothing atmosphere.
The last trend we will pay tribute to in 2019 is industrial design with raw materials, rustic details, textured surfaces and a more unpolished look. This trend helps to create personality and adds edge to the décor.
In the new season, the biggest trends in functional lighting include more comfort and flexibility. This means that in 2019, we will see an increased focus on customising light to particular situations and needs. We will see smarter, more flexible and less expensive solutions on the market, such as Nordlux MoodMaker, where the light can be dimmed without a dimmer, using only a standard wall socket.
When it comes to lighting trends, there is no getting away from smart lighting. Smart lighting means controlling light in a whole new way and customising it to specific tasks and moods. We are going to see a lot more smart lighting this year, and more of us will be integrating it into our homes to some extent.
Another trend that will characterise functional lighting in 2019 is the higher lumen output in built-in spotlights, which will allow for a sharper and stronger light. Furthermore, we will see larger ceiling lights and pendants with diameters of 60 cm and above. This will turn lamps into artwork within the home, making them an integral element in the décor. Lamps must be able to do more than just light up the room.