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Fall 2021 Lighting Trends

The days are getting cooler and shorter. It’s safe to say that things have been far from ‘normal’ for 2021 but that hasn’t stopped people from updating their homes. 

As the leaves change colour and the crisp scent of fall is in the air, we have found a few common trends emerge this fall from our lighting clients. 

Incorporating Sconces

Over the past year there has certainly been a push towards a more natural and ambient style of lighting while keeping the design aesthetic minimalist. Key to mastering this style of lighting is incorporating layers of lighting. One way designers are maximizing the layered lighting effect and keeping the look minimalistic is by incorporating wall sconces into the design. 

Wall sconces are desirable because they don’t take up floor space or table space like a floor or table lamp, but still allow a focal point and layered light effect. This allows you to highlight a particular feature of your room like a painting or photograph, or to allow focused task lighting like a reading light by the bed without taking up space on the ever-full bedside table. 

Focus on the Dining Table

2020 and 2021 has taught us a lot about the value of cherishing the here and now. One way we are seeing this manifest in the home is as a new focus on the dining room or kitchen table. Families are actively seeking ways to connect with their loved ones and what is a better place to do that than around the table sharing a delicious meal?! 

We have seen a number of families looking to freshen up their dining area by updating their over-the-table lighting. Interested in what that process involves? Check out our blog on how to purchase your dining room table light.

A Welcoming Front Door

With snow on the way, it’s certainly time to make sure your outdoor lights are in working condition to light up those slippery paths. 

The style of your outdoor lighting fixture should always compliment the style of your home. When this happens successfully, your home will always be welcoming to guests and have great curb appeal. We always recommend that our clients bring in a photo of the front of their house so we can help you choose something that reflects the charm of your house. Read more about creating the perfect front door on our blog.

If you are looking for some fall inspiration please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

Quick Tips for Your Thanksgiving Day Prep

It’s that time of year again! The time when families gather inside and celebrate their gratitude with one another. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the idea of hosting this season, don’t sweat it. We are here to help with three quick tips to make your home shine!

1) Clean Up Those Chandeliers/Pendants

From cobwebs, sticky fingerprints or just regular old dust- your lighting fixtures would probably benefit from a little TLC. Give your lighting fixture a quick once over with a dusting cloth, then take a look from different angles to find any of these pesky fingerprints or cobwebs still hanging about.

2) Quick Style Update? – Change Your Bulbs!

Making a little style update is a great way to keep you falling in love with your lighting fixtures without breaking the bank. Changing up the style of bulb in your chandelier can give you lots of options to prolong your interest with your lighting fixture. Having a themed party? Why not add a little whimsy and try a coloured bulb! 

3) Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

We all know it’s true, but can easily forget when things get crazy and we feel like we have to pull it off all on our own. But, you CAN ask for help! What that looks like for you may be different from someone else. You could ask another relative to bring dessert, or play “Power Hour Clean-Up” with the kiddos. 

And of course, don’t forget to take a little extra time to ENJOY the season too!

Summer Lighting Trends

Needless to say, it’s been quite the summer for 2021. We are excited to be beginning to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel and have enjoyed getting to reopen our doors this summer.

Since everyone has been spending more than the usual amount of time at home over the past year, it has been so interesting to see where our clients have been focusing their renovation energy on in their homes. Kitchen and bathroom renovations are still a main area of focus of course, but lots of clients have also been paying extra careful attention to the design of other areas of their home…

1 – The Home Office

With more and more companies moving to a permanent work-from-home situation, it’s no surprise that home offices are becoming a focus.  So what are people doing with their lighting in their home office?

Well we’ve found that people are really working towards using the natural light in their offices, adding functional task lighting and topping off the look with some statement overhead lighting pieces. People are really wanting to add a punch of personality into their home offices, a perk that many did not have before when working in-office. We have seen everything from crystal chandeliers, to geometric pendants and super modern flush mounts enter office spaces over the past few months! 

2 – Outdoor Lighting

Summer is the season to be outside and enjoy the sunshine here in Southwestern Ontario. With vacationing and travelling limited for another summer, we have seen so many families transforming their backyards into their own tropical paradise! From adding new gardens, putting in the pool they’ve been dreaming of, to finally updating the 15-year-old patio furniture – it’s no secret that Ontarians have been making magic happen in their backyards. 

As for lighting outdoors, we have seen families focusing on two main areas – the front door and the back porch. Our clients have been wanting to make their front and back porches more welcoming for the neighbourhood crew. 

3 – Kids Rooms 

The last area we have seen clients focusing on this summer is their kids’ rooms! This one seemed a little surprising to us at first but those preteens and teens have been stuck inside for a very long time and need a little refresh in their space too! Lots of kids’ rooms were not only their bedrooms this past year, but also their schoolroom, their sports training room and their safe space.

Interested in updating your kids’ rooms? Check out our post on Kid’s Bedroom Lighting to get inspired!

If you are looking for some summer inspiration please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!