Bright Ideas: What's Up?

Posted by Raelle Bell on Tuesday, August 30, 2022

August 2022
What's up?
Newest lighting trends add character
Lighting gives a room character, warmth, and energy. It creates a sense of safety and comfort, and is an essential element of good interior and architectural design.
As Jill Waage, editorial director of Lighting magazine and editor-in-chief of Traditional Home, explains in a new video for the American Lighting Association, good scale is essential to creating a sense of balance in a space. Oversize fixtures provide compelling focal points, both indoors and out, and help establish a room’s style.
Natural materials visually ground a space and deliver instant texture. Look for fixtures styled with hair and hide, alabaster, quartzite, and rattan.
Although neutrals are always in style, color is making a notable comeback. Popular hues include sage green, pale blue, and earth tones. For a subtler infusion of color, consider mixed metal finishes, such as satin brass, brushed gold, and weathered bronze.
LED lighting technology gives traditional designs a modern twist. Crystal chandeliers transform from fanciful to sleek with the introduction of LEDs, which allow for more geometric and edgy designs.
To learn more about current lighting styles and trends, pick up the latest issue of Lighting magazine at an ALA-member showroom near you, or visit See more lighting design videos at
See all the latest lighting trends and innovations in Lighting magazine. Pick up a complimentary copy at a nearby ALA-member showroom, or go online to Ideas.Lighting for a digital copy.
Beautiful pictures for inspiration, tips for selecting the right light for any room, and insider insights for creating the perfect space are all in the only international shoppers' magazine dedicated to home lighting. For more information go online to

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