The right lighting in your custom home can showcase your signature style, create a mood, accentuate art, and add dimension. From stunning chandeliers to vintage lamps, to modern pendant fixtures and one-of-a-kind sconces, there are so many ways to elevate your home with lighting.
With so many great décor and design stores in Cincinnati, one of the hardest things about adding lighting to your home might be deciding which to choose. To help, we’ve asked local designers to share how they’re illuminating homes in the Queen City this year. We’ve also put together a list of places in the tristate to find unique and custom lighting.
Cincinnati home lighting trends
Unique chandeliers. Sparkling crystals. Ornate brass detail, and a prime spot on the ceiling. There’s no denying a traditional chandelier when you see one, and while they’re timeless (so they’re always in style), many of today’s chandeliers are sleek and modern in design.
West Elm’s mobile chandelier, for example, offers clean lines and would look great in contemporary homes with a minimalist aesthetic. And Restoration Hardware’s Boule De Cristal cluster chandelier collection features solid brass and beautiful crystal glass in unique ways.
Pendant lighting. It’s not the newest trend in lighting, but it might be hottest. Not only are pendant lights easy to install, they’re also versatile. You can switch them up when you’re ready for a change. Now, pendant lighting is used in areas all over the home, including the bathroom, over kitchen islands, and even in the living room. You could also install several together in a cluster.
Plaster lighting. If you’re looking for lighting that adds character and texture, consider fixtures that are coated in gesso or plaster. Plaster lighting is having a moment right for many reasons. It blends seamlessly into any décor, and it’s also highly durable and sustainable. And since plaster can be sculpted into different shapes and designs, it’s easy to find one-of-a-kind lighting for your home, like this plaster shell sconce.
Layered lights. If you’re looking to add dimension and depth to a space, create a mood, or highlight special features of a room – like a gallery wall, for example – consider layering lights. You can adjust the lights, depending on the atmosphere you want to create.
Cabinet lighting. Unique and custom lighting doesn’t have to be limited to certain rooms in your home. In fact, one of this year’s biggest trends is kitchen cabinet lighting. Not only can illuminating cabinets add ambiance, but it can make the kitchen safer (especially when on a sensor), and most types of cabinet lighting are energy-efficient, too.
Vintage lamps. From 1970s globe floor lamps to 1800s chandeliers, interior designers are decorating with lamps that tell a story. Like the vintage look but prefer not to deal with rewiring and maintenance that might be required if your lamp is vintage? It’s easy to find new lighting with a vintage look.
Now that you’ve read all about lighting trends in 2023, you might be wondering where the best lighting stores are in Cincinnati. Here’s four to put at the top of your list.
Top lighting stores in Cincinnati
Located on Fourth Street in Downtown Cincinnati, Switch Lighting and Design offers a great selection of contemporary and modern lighting – from ceiling and floor lighting options to outdoor and table lights.
Palette Studios is located in East Walnut Hills, on Woodburn Avenue. Specializing in custom and decorative lighting for the past 100 years, the showroom features both vintage and new lamps and chandeliers.
Budget plenty of time when you visit lighting(one) of Cincinnati, located in Loveland. The store has an extensive selection of lighting for every area of your home. They also carry a large variety of outdoor lighting and offer lamp repair as well.
Montgomery’s Visual Comfort & Co. specializes in high end lighting, from incredible table lamps to architectural lighting. The team works closely with Cincinnati designers, builders and architects to bring fixtures that illuminate space to homes across the Queen City.
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