Black is the New Black for Stylish Lighting | Family Living – California News

Black is the New Black for Stylish Lighting | Family Living – California News

(NewsUSA) – Black is the new black when it comes to lighting.

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), many of the latest and most versatile light fixtures are trending towards black finishes, often mixed with other colors and metals. The right light enhances any home, and light fixtures that are black can add a new element of sophistication and function, which is why many homeowners are opting for black when choosing interior as well as exterior fixtures.

“Throughout history, the color black has played an important role in architecture and interior design,” says Joe Rey-Barreau, AIA, IESNA, associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Interior Design.

The neutral nature of black “has been a consistent design element that can blend and merge easily with traditional, transitional and modern styles,” says Rey-Barreau, who also serves as education consultant to the ALA.

“Used as the primary color in interior or exterior lighting fixtures, black brings a sophistication that provides a timeless quality and transcends any specific style,” he adds.

Replacing all existing light fixtures is not always feasible, but selecting several outdated fixtures to change and upgrade gives any room an instant lift.

Using black fixtures is an easy way to ensure that old and new lighting elements meld together without creating a disjointed appearance. Consider the elements of your existing fixtures, and add a new one that is black or partly black in color, and that reflects elements of the current lighting scheme.

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