“We must bring our own light to the darkness” – Anonymous
We all go through good times and bad times and no matter how difficult life can be, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. I met an amazing woman recently who is such an inspiration and an example of hope and light. Her husband of 7 years left her when they were trying to have a baby, her mother passed away shortly after, and she was struggling to pay off a 6 figure debt while looking for work. Despite the emotional pain and financial struggles she experienced within a short time period, she pushed herself to keep going. She didn’t wallow in the darkness. She got herself back up and discovered the power of her own light. I am amazed at the mental and physical strength of this woman and have a lot of admiration and respect for her. It is truly inspirational and makes me appreciate the challenges we all go through in life.
Despite the struggles and battles you face in your life, you can always create a happy physical environment even in the darkest of times. So how do you do that? Brighten your place up by replacing, adding, or layering lights if there isn’t much natural light or if you have poor lighting. An easy and affordable way to do that is to update your light fixtures with the latest lighting trends of 2018 listed below:
Mixed finishes in a two tone style will be a popular trend this year not only in bath and kitchen fittings but also in light fixtures. We’ll see warm glows and cool hues in metallic finishes from brass and satin nickel to bronze and antique gold that complement all styles. Having a chandelier, table lamp, or wall sconce in mixed metals lends a unique look and feel to your space that works well with contemporary, traditional, or mid-century styles to name a few. If you have too many chrome, nickel, or stainless steel finishes in your space, warm it up with lighting fixtures that have copper, bronze, and gold finishes.
Are you wondering what a fandelier is? It’s a ceiling fan-chandelier combination that is a hot trend for 2018. A fandelier can be a great focal point in a space. It provides both a decorative element as well as a functional element moving air within a room while providing a nice breeze helping you cool off during the hot summer season. Imagine a ceiling fan with a chandelier of crystals hanging down from the center of the fan. If you have a standard 8′ ceiling, a fandelier will create a distinct look that will help draw the eye upwards to the ceiling.
Some people think concrete makes a space feel cold and uncomfortable, when it can actually make a space feel cozy and homey despite the fact that concrete is a rough and cool material. When combined with another material such as wood, it creates a beautiful and elegant look and feel combining both warm and cool elements. It’s a complementary match that works together nicely. Concrete also doesn’t have to be only one color -gray. It comes in all sorts of colors like these Toro Concrete Wooden Minimalist Pendant Light from Tudo & Co.
If you always dreamed about living by the beach, you can bring some of the beach to you. Incorporate coastal lighting in your home because it’s going to be a popular trend this year. We’ll see clean whites, rich navy’s, and antique brass for a fun and chic look. Lighting manufacturers are moving towards light fixtures specific to the coastal environment so if you love the beach and want to add a beachy/nautical feature to your home, replace your light fixtures with an orb chandelier wrapped in thick rope, a colorful red coral pendant, or add a wall sconce in the shape of a sea shell in your bathroom.
Who doesn’t love wood? Wood provides a warm, cozy, and inviting look and feel to a space. It can be molded into any shape and works with any design style. It can be combined with any material from metals to concrete, glass, lucite, steel, aluminum, and more. It’s a beautiful natural material with lots of texture and character so bring nature indoors with a hanging geometric wood pendant above your kitchen island or peninsula, an hourglass wood table lamp, or a simple circular wood LED wall sconce. Check out these wood light fixtures below.