Original article by: PRODUCTS Magazine

Progress Lighting

Designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks, the Surfrider Collection Large Pendant feature tiers of metal curves converging in an ever-widening circle. Oversized hooks suspended from a simple orb surround a floating braided metal cable. It’s shown in Maliblue.

But as more people work from home, lighting for residential offices are trending.

Artificial lighting is a huge part of architecture, but how design pros choose to illuminate their spaces varies. These days, lighting trends are pivoting toward extra large pendants, adjustable fixtures, color, miniature recessed cans, and highly personalized pieces that can double as art, among others.

Like everything else, lighting preferences ebb and flow with the time. Once, Tiffany lights were the epitome of a forward-thinking aesthete, but they fell out of favor a while back—at least for most home buyers and consumers. Old-style fluorescent tubes that were once ubiquitous in many American houses are hardly ever found in the average suburban home, partly because of their harsh cast and noisy, flickering performance.

Today, incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs are still available, but more and more they are being phased out in favor of LED, which is highly efficient. As a result, the technology dominates the industry.

Lighting trends are much more democratic and harder to pin down. Gone are the days when a handful of trends dominated the conversation. Instead, the lighting sector is seeing interests in a broad range of styles, colors, periods, architectural influence, materials, sizes, and more.

For Progress Lighting, the top trend among its customers is designs that are cozy and warm, incorporating “luxurious textiles, inviting color palettes, and geometric patterns found across all interior design styles.”

Jennifer Kis, director of marketing for the Greenville, S.C.-based company, says Progress designers are incorporating a wide variety of influences into product development for 2020 and beyond.

“A new favorite trend combines Coastal and Modern Farmhouse elements for a casual, relaxed vibe that plays vintage elements of wood and lighting distressed finishes against a clean, light, and airy palette,” Kis explains. “Soft beachy hues in paint, accessories, and textiles contrast beautifully with black matte lighting and furniture made of distressed wood and metal.”

Kis says soft modern is another emerging trend. “The straight lines and neutral color palette of the Modern look are mixed with organic textures such as wood, greenery and colorful abstract art to soften the edge, creating a more approachable style,” she says.