How to: Modernize Your Lighting

The current trends in lighting are all about sleek, modern looks. If you want to update the lighting in your home to a modern look, but don't want to break the bank doing a total redesign, here are some ways you can modernize your lighting.

Three words: keep it simple. Modern design style favors minimalistic and clutter free environments. So, if you're in the market for new light fixtures, don't feel like you have to splurge on an ornate bronze or crystal chandelier. Instead, look for something like a matte black cage pendant or a chandelier with a funky yet simple design

Replace your old bulbs with Smart Lighting. Replace your old light switches with dimmers. Buy smart light bulbs and pair them with an AI platform like Google Home, Amazon's Alexa, or Apple's Siri.

Favor cool toned lighting. Even though a novice may not notice a difference in the color of your lighting, lighting color usually affects the mood and environment of a room. Contemporary lighting trends focus on blues in lighting and furniture. The higher the temperature, the cooler the color. Read more on lighting temperature here

Focus on the Big 4. The four main modern light fixtures are pendants, recessed lighting, track lighting, and chandeliers. Since these four fixture are all ceiling based, they give your space an open feel—a key feature of modern design. Wall sconces are another lighting option that reduce clutter within a floor plan. 

Update the finish of an older light fixture. Modern light fixtures usually come in a nickel, silver, or matte black finish. If you have an older bronze fixture, don't be afraid to break out your DIY skills and refinish the light for an updated look.