Exploring the Evolving Role of Lighting in Interior Design
In 2023, lighting is becoming a major focus for architects and designers. It’s no longer just a functional accessory, but a critical component in interior decor and emotional well-being.
The right lighting with suitable luminaires can make or break an entire design. With the new approach, lighting is viewed from a broader perspective, giving a rich understanding of light. These changes have been long-awaited, and the lighting systems and fixtures in 2023 will set the design standard, eco-friendliness, and emotional balance.
Over the past decade, lighting trends have evolved significantly. We’ve seen a shift to modern LED lighting, smart lights, daylight harvesting, earthy options, and Human Centric Lighting. Layered lighting has also replaced the conventional practice of lighting a space with a single bulb.
As we move into 2023, the lighting industry continues to innovate and advance. Let’s take a closer look at some of the latest lighting trends that you can expect to see.
1. Layered Lighting
Several lighting professionals predict that in 2023, we’ll be seeing greater layering of lights in interior spaces that offer more daily use and can generate diverse moods inside our interiors.
This will be especially true in workplaces, where there are different working and operational zones that require illumination. Layered indoor LED lighting, including accent, ambient, task, and track lights, will collectively enhance the overall space while making it functional and useful for distinct purposes.
TheMinimalism, the purest design philosophy, revolves around clean-cut spaces and little fuss. Its prominence in interior decor came from the end of the twentieth century with a little inspiration from Japanese style. This whole style includes minimalist lighting too, where light fixtures are chosen for their clear lines, shapes, and lack of decoration.
3. Proximity to Nature
Urbanization has led to a lack of access to nature, plants, and sunlight for most urban workers. However, incorporating nature, plants, and sunlight in the workplace can have significant benefits.
According to Harvard Business Review, natural light and views of the outdoors are the number one rated office perk, and employers can improve employee satisfaction and productivity by maximizing access to these elements. In fact, these economical and cost-efficient changes can create a positive work environment that draws staff to the office.
In addition, the influence of nature is expected to continue in interior design in 2023. Luminaires will take on rounded shapes to reflect the gentleness and perfectionism of nature, and energy-efficient LED lamps will also be used to improve energy efficiency and eco-friendliness.
4. Mood Enhancing Lighting
The recent TikTok trend of avoiding the use of the “big light” is an indication that homeowners are placing greater importance on the emotional impact of their living spaces, rather than just their practicality (see below).
Ambient lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood and changing the ambiance of a room. Mood-enhancing lighting technologies, such as dim-to-warm and discreet accent and spotlighting, are gaining popularity and are expected to continue to be a significant consideration in 2023 and beyond.
5. Sustainable LED Solutions
6. Daylight Harvesting
7. SMART Lighting Controls