Saturday, January 12, 2008

Overhead Lighting: What's next in artisan-inspired home furnishings

I'm convinced that the big thing in home furnishings is (you read it here first) OVERHEAD LIGHTING.

Hipsters of the '00's agonize over their Benjamin Moore choice, spend hours on the DWR website and even source switchplates for their room makeovers, but when it comes to lighting, the s.o.p. is to grab some Target floor/table lamps and not to turn on the overhead. EVER.

Shoot, even design*sponge talks about their crappy ceiling fixture.

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of way cool lights out there, but...

1. $ - Really hip lighting is expensive (just check out this other design*sponge post)
2. Installation - Painting is easy. Electricity can scare novices.
3. $ again = Most non-designer lighting flower hell
4. DIY - Fewer people have the guts to attempt to make their own milk bottle chandelier

So, my prediction is that, starting in '08, a few boutique houses and artists will begin offering great overhead lighting for decent prices AND the figurative lightbulb will literally appear overhead for middle to high-income 20- and 30-somethings.

Here's to wishful thinking!



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