The Difference Between Modern and Traditional Ceiling Lights


When planning the lighting for your home, whether it be a new home or a renovation, ultimately it comes down to style and functionality. Undoubtedly, the first thing you need is for the light fixtures to sufficiently light the space so you can see what you’re doing and where you’re going. That is the easy part but finding the right style of lighting for your interior is where things can get a little trickier. With such a wide range or different interior styles to choose from it can be a bit of a headache but learning the basics of the two most common lighting styles can help make designing your interior more fun. The two most common lighting styles are modern and traditional, and we have a handy little guide to help differentiate between the two so you can get your interior exactly as you have always dreamt.

traditional lighting.

Traditional lighting is the more formal and classy style and is reflective of the period of time where there were more formal cultural standards. These pieces tend to have a more elaborate, intricate, and thoughtful design. Metals are the more favourable materials for traditional lighting with classical finishes such as antique brass. Think the great Gatsby era, people wearing fancy tuxedos and sitting around sipping wine out of fancy glasses. The glitz and glam era with flamboyant chandeliers overhead, adding sophistication, warmth, elegance, and luxury to any space.

modern lighting.

Modern lighting is possibly not what you would expect, it is not the latest trend and not to be confused with contemporary. In fact, it refers to the art movement Modernism, think artists such as Picasso and Monet. Modernism was prevalent from around roughly the 1940’s to the 1970’s. This design is a complete polar opposite of traditional lighting. It favours, clean lines and simple shapes over the flashier designs. Clean horizontal lines and smooth curves meant for more functionality over design. The main materials seen here tend to be more natural, such as leather, unpainted wood, and natural fabrics. Modern interiors should favour a pallet of earthy neutral colours. Always keep in mind “functional with a clean aesthetic” when looking for modern fixtures.

where & when to use.

where & when
to use.

Whilst these two styles may sound drastically different, they do also have some similarities. So, when looking for fixtures for your home there’s no need to choose one or the other exclusively. It’s all about finding that perfect balance between the two. Ultimately, it depends on the interior you are aiming for. If you have your heart set on an exclusively industrial style interior, then traditional lighting may look a little out of place. But, finding a traditional fixture that has an antique brass finish and exposed bulbs, paired with some vintage filament bulb, could bring a splash of that glam era to your home. That is, if there isn’t one in every room or corner overwhelming the space. Minimalist homes will hugely benefit from Modern lighting, the clean lines fall right in place with this interior. Ultimately, as with all things, it comes down to personal preference and after all- rules are made to be broken, so if you find a traditional fixture that works in your modern space then go for it!

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