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Mid-Century Designs Are Trending In The Luxury Lighting Market

If you’re looking to update your lighting this year, you may want to have your finger on the pulse of the latest trends in design and décor. Here’s what’s out: large, flashy light fixtures made from cut crystal descending in tiers. Here’s what’s decidedly in: mid-century-inspired pieces constructed in brushed and polished brass. New designers have emerged, cornering a luxury market. And a series of minimalist shapes have captured designers and homeowners’ attention as they seek to reimagine familiar spaces. Here’s the rundown of what’s currently hot in lighting. 

Basket style Chandelier

Midcentury Metals
Although cut crystal once spoke to luxury when it came to light fixtures, today’s hotter trends are metals in all shapes and colors. Brass — both polished and brushed — has ruled the roost for several years now, but antiqued brass is making a comeback, too. To that end, black is also back, with matte fixtures ushering in a sleeker, more streamlined look. Mixing different types of metals in a single light fixture (think chandeliers boasting different types and colors) is also en vogue, and it’s a good way to blend rooms that may feature transitional design features. 

Go Vertical 
Chandeliers are expanding into the vertical field, with a series of popular shapes that are capturing often ignored vertical space. Some of the most common examples of these trending fixtures are the omnipresent “sputnik” style fixtures that emerging lighting designers like Ellen DeGeneres (yes, that Ellen DeGeneres; the comedian and television star recently launched a top-notch lighting brand called ED Ellen DeGeneres) have latched onto. 

Hardwire It 
Nothing says luxury quite like a hardwired sconce, and sconces are definitely back. Sconces add romantic bedside lighting, sophisticated bathroom lighting, and a wholesale finished look to pretty much every room in the house. These clutter-reducing light fixtures quickly boost beauty, and they’re very much on trend right now. Milk glass, wicker, round, and sculptural sconces are particularly zeitgeisty in home design. 

Sputnik style Fixture

Flush Mounts 
Take risks with statement-making flush mounts that make the ceiling a centerpiece of your home. Basket-woven flush mount light fixtures allow for light to pour through, providing a visual point of interest where you least expect it. Organic materials — wood, shells, found materials, recycled glass — are making their way into all types of light fixtures, including flush mounts, for a focus on a look that’s more rooted in nature. 

So where can you find these of-the-moment styles when it comes to light fixtures? Here on the East End there are myriad options. Consider a few: In Wainscott, Serena & Lily offers a beachy take on luxury design, leaning into organic material and brass-toned light fixtures (a natural complement to the South Fork’s water-adjacent homes). Southampton’s Homenature provides bespoke lighting for a cosmopolitan crowd. Antique shops (try the Antiques Center Southampton for a look at the wares of many different vendors) can also be a great starting point if you’re interested in revisiting past trends that are enjoying a revival. Brass fixtures with patina can easily be restored to like-new condition.