Lighting fixtures for the home and office have always been available in a variety of different styles. The traditional styles are distinguishable by ornate designs, such as scrolls, carvings, and columns. Rustic lighting includes organic themes like leaf motifs; animal-inspired materials such as antlers and horns; and simple symmetrical lines. Victorian designs feature intricate metal work, fringed shades, and globes reminiscent of oil lanterns. Contemporary styles are unmistakable with soft lines, several different textures, and a broad range of colors. These tried and true styles are still available for those whose tastes favor old world style and charm.
Lighting designers and manufacturers have added new twists to classic styles to create innovative trends in the patterns, materials, and look of fixtures. Cottage retreat and causal styles, for example, have been used as a basis for a modern bungalow style. This incorporates the light and muted patterns of beach designs with the bold colors of tropic styles. A global style is eclectic, combining themes from different parts of the world. A lamp shade with Chinese lettering on it, for example, may be in the same room with a zebra print wall sconce. Industrial modern combines a mixture of woods and metals. Customers have to see examples of these emerging trends to get an idea of they like, and what will suit the size and decor that already exists in the room. Large lighting retailers, such as Lighting Expo
, for example, are displaying the new trends in their showrooms.
The displays and examples can be seen by local customers, but does not provide exposure to customers who live out of the vicinity of the physical stores. Those in small towns, remote areas, and rural counties are left to settle for lighting options found in big box department stores, or home improvement stores. Those retailers are limited by space so they tend to carry mainstream styles that are more likely to sell quickly. Online retailers offer a solution by carrying thousands of products from hundreds of manufacturers, but typically do not display collections that illustrate emerging trends.Lighting from Lighting Expo
has combined showroom displays with online selection. Customers close to the physical stores can view the actual displays, while other customers can browse the online store to see examples of lighting, furniture, and home accessories by rooms, trends, or styles. In addition to Lighting Expo, other large retailers have also set up websites that include descriptions
and examples of traditional styles, and emerging trends. Homeowners can compare types, styles, and brands right online.