December 2019: The Latest Looks to Love

Posted by Raelle Bell on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Issue No. 108 Dec. 2019

The latest lighting looks to love.


With a new year approaching, here's a preview of some of the fabulous new lighting looks to brighten homes in 2020.



Get a perfect balance of style

Lighting styles are always evolving. Over the past several years, homeowners have trended toward a minimalist style, and are now turning to a more traditional style with a bit of ornamentation.

As Jeff Dross of Kichler Lighting and Samantha Hart of Meredith Publishing discuss in a new video, the latest lighting styles combine a happy medium of traditional and contemporary. The new styles are designed to adapt to the architectural realities of today's homes. A good example is a traditional fixture modified with black electrical cord to give it a slightly contemporary look.

While the vintage industrial influence remains relevant, it is leaving behind the heavier industrial designs and moving toward a softened look with less toothy textures and finishes. To introduce this new traditional style into an existing space, choose one or two items with some ornamentation to highlight, and go minimalist for the rest of the décor.

For more about the evolution of lighting style, view the new Kichler video or go online to To talk to a lighting expert and see the latest lighting styles in person, visit a nearby ALA-member showroom.

Image above right courtesy of Savoy House


Kichler Lighting's new video explains the evolution of lighting style.




Make a style statement

The newest lighting fixtures incorporate natural materials in interesting shapes with sophisticated finishes and colors.

Natural Materials: Emphasis on nature and sustainability continues to trend upward in home design. Organic, good-for-the-environment materials, including open-weave shades in natural fibers like rattan and wicker on pendants, chandeliers and sconces, are top of mind. Wood is likewise a logical choice for lighting designs, and details such as wooden bead swags are especially hot.

Geometrics: From small to large, all sorts of geometric shapes in lighting add visual interest to ceilings and walls. While orbs, spheres, and other round and oval silhouettes have been popular for years, now they are joined by hexagons, squares and diamond shapes in configurations that make a dramatic statement in a room. For a cohesive finishing touch, add table and floor lamps that repeat the same shapes as the ceiling and wall lighting.

Finishes: Black is trending in home design, especially in kitchens where lighting with a black finish nicely accents both dark and light cabinets. While always chic when used by itself, black is often mixed with gold, chrome, and copper to offer a bold presence. Silver finishes are gaining in popularity, with subtle antique and softly shining silver leaf offer a new elegance to classic chandeliers and modern lighting silhouettes. And brass is back in a less glossy version.

Large Silhouettes: The popularity of open-floor-plan homes means that lighting needs to make a statement so that it does not get lost in the space. Oversized fixtures – the bigger, the better - are the way to go. Hang large pendants in twos and threes over kitchen islands and dining tables. Dramatically sized pendants, chandeliers, and even large ceiling fans take center stage in living areas while helping to create a necessary division of space from the dining and kitchen area.

Refined Industrial: Although still rooted in traditional warehouse style, industrial lighting is now lighter and more elegant, making it ideal for transitional and modern spaces. Metal frames are thinner and more sophisticated than earlier bulky styles. Style elements like working pulleys are often incorporated into the lighting's design, and lightly distressed wood interplays with metal for a look that is streamlined and modern.

For more inspiration on these trends, and to see all the latest lighting designs, visit an ALA-member showroom or go online to

Image above right: Canarm
Image above left: Fredrick Ramond




Your questions answered


Q: Does the color of a room affect the amount of light needed in that space?

A: Yes. Stronger illumination is necessary in rooms with dark wall colors, because more light is absorbed by deep or dark paint as compared to lighter paint, such as white, ivory and pastels.

For advice about the proper amount of light needed for a particular wall color, visit a nearby ALA-member lighting showrooom or go online to





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