Good lighting is achieved on both the visual and energy levels — and the truth is that the best lighting trends of 2022 fully capture. When considering the light in a space, you can feel the warmth it brings to a room. However, even if a space is perfectly designed with pristine furnishings and striking décor – if the lighting is uneven or too harsh, the beauty of the room will be lost. But knowing exactly which lights to choose and how to arrange them can be tricky – that’s why I’ve mentioned three interior designers to capture the year’s best lighting trends. 2022.
If you’re wondering how something like lighting can be “trendy,” you’re not alone. I’m also curious how many ways you can arrange the rays of light in a room. The answer is a lot — and one of the keys, I’ve learned, is to take advantage of different levels and sizes to expand the space you have.
Let’s just say that great lighting is at the heart of great design — and the top seven lighting trends of 2022 are drawing attention to the aesthetic.
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Keep reading to discover the top 7 lighting trends of 2022.
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#1: Frosted and up
The kitchen begs for abundant, bright light, which is why designers tend to hang pendant lights that cast beams throughout this room. Interior designer Cathy Kincaid realizes this isn’t new for 2022, but to pass the time, she’s incorporated frosted glass around a giant lantern in the kitchen. “This allows for an abundance of light with the glare of a bulb, which then engulfs the island’s cooking space below in subdued rays,” says Kincaid.
#2: Shadow in Silk
Like the kitchen, the dining room or dining area is also a reason to hang lights, but Kincaid suggests going more “formal” by adding silk shades on top of the bulbs. This provides a way to add dimension and color while softening the light.
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#3: Hide smartly
For Elena and Beatriz Perelli, co-founders and chief designers of Las Perelli, great light has a huge impact when its source is scarce. That is, Perellis likes to hide the actual lights whenever possible. The duo feel that this look, which they expect to see this year, offers versatile comfort no matter what time of day it is. “For us, it is important that in our space, the atmosphere is pleasant during the day as well as at night,” says Beatriz.
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Many designers approach light like a beautiful quilt: rich layers create cozy textures. Here’s how Kincaid sees the light for 2022 — coming from a variety of sources and perspectives. “We wanted to combine lighting on many levels, including floor lamps, table lamps, sconces, ceiling lights and chandeliers,” she says.
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#5: Low for the living room
According to the Perelli sisters, considering the above, the living room is getting a little less dramatic. Layering has its place, but they say lower lighting is huge for living rooms this year. Think rich floor and table lamps that “create a warm and comfortable atmosphere,” illustrates Elena.
Like their love of cleverly concealed lights, the Perelli sisters are keeping the light source in the bedroom hard to detect or completely obscured this year. Their tip? Place a hidden lamp or light source on the baseboard behind the bed. Doing so allows for a soft, romantic, relaxing night light that provides enough light for reading in bed but sturdy enough to induce quality sleep.
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Because 2022 is the year of embracing the cozy atmosphere in the home, the gently flickering fire is the queen. As Kincaid says, “candlelight is always a must.”