6 Architectural Lighting Trends To Look Out For In 2020

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Architectural lighting is the exemplar of illumination when it comes to enhancing a building or space in the most efficient and prepossessing manner.


Combining architectural lighting with inspired interior design is invaluable for interior designers, contractors and architects who value creations brimming with dynamic and evocative features.


Every year, new lighting designs brighten up the market with their innovative shapes, shades and turn the spotlight onto what makes lighting so impactive in the commercial sector.


In 2019, gold and bronze lighting features grew in popularity as their distinguished colours provided buildings with a touch of glamour and a flash of industrial decor. Gold is equally dramatic and sophisticated and every hue can dramatically change the ambience of a room.


These colours, amongst others, were layered alongside expressive shapes and profiles used to add height and statement pieces to spaces. 2020 shows no sign of stopping the development of active and effectual lighting trends. Find out a few of the trends you can expect to see as we enter a new decade below!



Organic and conscious lighting 

2020 vows to be the year that puts the natural world at the top of its agenda. Architectural lighting has already made steps toward joining this movement with its incorporation of upcycling.


This process of transforming by-products, waste materials and raw organic products is a fantastic way to inject flashes of organic and natural substances into the workplace.


Using raw wood pieces or upcycling metals give new purpose to materials that would otherwise have been discarded and can be transformed into stunning decorative luminaires.


However, the natural lighting trend isn’t just about using organic and recycled materials, it’s also about changing the ambience of a workplace. While many offices feel enclosed and far from natural, these lighting features can add a touch of the world beyond the office walls. This is directly linked to improving the mental health and productivity of employees.


The past few years have seen biophilic lighting grow increasingly well within the lighting market and this will only continue to bloom in 2020. Smooth LED-powered lamps that double as homes for mini hanging gardens can completely revamp the mindset of workers while delivering a unique aesthetic.



Totally tubular 

The developing trend of tubular lighting brings an unconventional and up-to-date design to your interior scheme and can blend seamlessly with a multitude of decor styles. Whether it’s fluid inclusion or juxtapositional layering you’re looking to achieve, tubular lighting can take your design to new heights.


LED tubular lights are not only the perfect inclusion for a new build interior but can bring big changes as a retrofit solution. LED lighting has a longer life, is more energy-friendly and the light emissions and aesthetic qualities are superior.


From surface mounted tubular luminaires to surface or suspended tubular lighting features, tubular downlights are predicted to grow even more in popularity as the year goes on.



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Canta in a black powder-coated aluminium body


Attention to accentuation

So many beautiful interiors and statement pieces are let down by the use of poor, badly placed lighting. Whether it’s a stunning bespoke installation, decadent art piece or the freshest art decor furniture, lighting should accentuate the features of your design.


With impact and statement pieces now being pivotal to businesses distinguishing themselves in overly saturated markets, office design and residential interiors can contribute hugely to how clients and employees respond.


As this trend develops as a result of businesses requiring new ways to set themselves apart from the competition, architectural lighting used as accent lighting, backlighting and direct lighting can play a big part in improving reputation.


By focusing attention on architectural lighting that accentuates specific features, clients can achieve revitalised impact and meaning to their office spaces and design.



Geometric and essential shapes

The bold, polished angles and curves of geometric lighting make them a constant trend in the lighting world. Geometric lighting looks fantastic from any angle and as a centre lighting piece whether recessed or suspended, these innovative forms double as ambient lighting and architectural.


These designs of lighting, often bespoke, are bold and suitable for the traditional and contemporary environment where dynamism is key.



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M-Line – Bespoke shapes and custom lengths


The Smart option

Technology. Intelligence. Illumination. The introduction of Smart lighting technology into the world of lighting is multifaceted. The Smart lighting revolution began with the introduction of LED fixtures that greatly improved lighting energy efficiency (a movement that’s dominant in many luminaires now).


However, the new meaning of Smart lighting is lighting that you can control from a smart device such as a phone or tablet. An application on one of these devices will allow users to have complete control over the temperature, colour and dim of their luminaires across all rooms…down to the individual lamp.


This is hugely significant for rooms where lux levels need to be adjusted depending on the tasks inside them. It can also be a huge part of creating ambient lighting and moods for rooms with the use of colour.


Architectural lighting with Smart control can give users complete power over the lighting in their building to test out new moods while keeping the lighting installations themselves part of the feature.



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Viney Street, Taunton – Suspended Black Linear Lighting


Black and Gold are here to stay

Remember the black and gold lighting trend we mentioned was big in 2019? Well, that’s probably not going anywhere in the new year. This style of finish is ideal for a wide variety of applications and the bold but lustrous colourations lend themselves to almost all interior design hues and shades.


A luminaire with black trim or a gold bezel will not only stand out as an original solution created from such a simple but impactful shade but the luminous reflections of the golden finish can add warmth and harmony for all styles from modern through to vintage.


Whether it’s a touch of black or a flourish of gold on the lamp, these colours separately or ingeniously combined can create timeless feature lighting that any artist or architect would be proud of.



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Fleet Street, London – Surface-mounted Halo Luminaires


Does your 2020 project need architectural lighting? 

Architectural lighting is a key part of the design and aesthetic of a building or space. Multidimensional and high-quality architectural lighting not only boosts the ambient lighting of an environment but explores the depth and design of executively planned interiors.


2020 is going to be a big year for the lighting market and knowing where to source architectural lighting for your next project can set you up for making the most of your interiors.


Mount Lighting is dedicated to using the best and most creative designs for architectural lighting. We work side by side with our clients to fully realise their vision and provide impeccable service from concept through to delivery and beyond.


To find out more about our stunning M-Line range or beautiful bespoke solutions, contact Mount Lighting today on 01582 369005 or email [email protected]