Home Lighting Trends for 2024

Explore cutting-edge lighting trends dominating 2024 to enhance your NYC renovation with illuminated style.

February 29, 2024


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Home Lighting Trends for 2024

The right lighting can make or break your interior design, so our extensive guide on current lighting trends will help you choose wisely when renovating your NYC home.

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Lighting is the unsung hero of home interiors, wielding the power to shape environments, influence our moods, and enhance daily activity. Over the years, lighting design has evolved from mere functionality to an art form that harmonizes aesthetics, technology, and well-being. 

In 2024, lighting trends are transforming the way we illuminate our homes, prioritizing beauty, innovative technology, and our overall sense of comfort. Join us as we explore emerging lighting trends that redefine the way we perceive and experience our living spaces.

Globe lighting from sunken dining room extension at Brooklyn brownstone renovation in Carroll Gardens View full renovation before and after.

[#Globe]Globe Lamps: A Harmonious Glow[#Globe]

In recent years, globe lamps have taken center stage in the interior lighting conversation, gaining immense popularity for their ability to create a harmonious glow that resonates with modern interior design sensibilities.

The Allure of Globe Lamps

Globe lamps are characterized by their spherical shape, which encases the light source within a translucent or frosted globe. This design choice diffuses the light, softening its intensity and eliminating harsh shadows. This results in gentle, even and all-encompassing lighting.

Creating Peaceful Interiors

Thanks to their soft sensibility, globe lamps create a serene and harmonious environment whenever present. The diffused light they emit is perfect for spaces where comfort is desired. Whether used in bedrooms, living rooms, or even dining areas, globe lamps set the stage for peaceful interiors, inviting you to unwind and relax.

Contrasting with Wire-Framed Lamps

In contrast to wire-framed lamps popular in previous years, globe lamps offer a departure from the industrial and often geometric aesthetics. Wire-framed lamps, with their angular lines and minimalist designs, could at times create a more structured and sharp lighting effect. While they certainly have their own charm and appeal, a preference towards globe lamps signifies a desire for a more tranquil and soothing ambiance within our homes.

[#Human]Human-Centric Lighting: Tuned to Your Well-Being[#Human]

In the ever-evolving world of interior design, lighting has emerged as a crucial element that not only enhances aesthetics but also impacts our well-being. In recent years, the concept of human-centric lighting has gained immense popularity as we redefine the way we think about lighting in our homes. 

Embracing Natural Rhythms

Human-centric lighting revolves around the idea that our bodies have an innate connection with the natural cycles of light and darkness. By mimicking these patterns, our home environment can support our physical and emotional health. The science behind this concept is grounded in the understanding that exposure to varying colors and intensities of light throughout the day can regulate our circadian rhythms, the body's internal clock that influences our sleep-wake cycles, alertness, and mood.

Tunable White and Color-Changing LED Fixtures

A key feature of human-centric lighting is the use of tunable white and color-changing LED fixtures. These advanced lighting solutions allow for dynamic adjustments in the color temperature and intensity of light to replicate the natural daylight cycle. This means the lighting in your home can shift from the cool, invigorating whites of morning sunlight to the warmer, soothing hues of evening twilight, all with the touch of a button or the programming of a smart lighting system. When paired with smart home systems (more on those below), attuned lighting becomes a welcomed afterthought.

Promoting Better Sleep and Well-Being

The benefits of human-centric lighting are substantial. By aligning the lighting in your home with your daily routines, it can positively influence your sleep quality and overall well-being. The bright, cool-toned light during the day can enhance alertness and productivity, while the warmer, dimmed light in the evening helps wind down and prepare your body for restful sleep.

This trend is particularly relevant in NYC, where residents often contend with long work hours and high-stress lifestyles. Human-centric lighting offers a way to counterbalance the artificial lighting of urban life, supporting residents in maintaining a more natural and balanced daily rhythm.

Matching chandeliers from our UWS pre-war co-op renovation at 50 West 96th. View our pre-war renovation portfolio.

[#Statement]Statement Lighting: The Bolder, The Better[#Statement]

The world of interior design is currently witnessing a striking shift towards grandeur and opulence when considering lighting. Enter statement lighting, a trend that embraces the philosophy that the bolder and more conspicuous the lighting fixture, the better it complements the interior décor and becomes a true focal point of any room.

Elevating the Ambiance

Statement lighting fixtures are like works of art in their own right. They are designed to be eye-catching, awe-inspiring, and unforgettable. The sheer size and intricacy of these fixtures allow them to transform an ordinary room into an extraordinary one, elevating the overall ambiance and leaving a lasting impression.

Oversized Chandeliers

Oversized chandeliers are a prime example of statement lighting, which can be seen clearly in the living space from our Upper West Side pre-war co-op gut renovation at 50 West 96th. These majestic fixtures can be used in a wide range of settings, from grand dining rooms to chic living spaces and even luxurious bedrooms. Their intricate designs, often featuring crystals, metals, and ornate details, make them an exquisite addition to any room. 

Sculptural Pendant Lights

Sculptural pendant lights are another key player in the statement lighting trend. These fixtures are not just sources of light; they are works of art that command attention. With unique and creative designs, sculptural pendant lights can be likened to sculptures hanging from the ceiling. They come in a wide variety of shapes and materials, ranging from abstract and organic forms to industrial and minimalist designs. See how pendant lighting accentuates the kitchen in our Upper West Side condo renovation at 59 W 71st

Becoming Focal Points

One of the primary objectives of statement lighting is to become the focal point of a room. These fixtures are not just sources of illumination; they are conversation starters, pieces of art that draw the eye and create a sense of wonder. They work in harmony with other elements of the interior decor, enhancing and emphasizing the overall design concept.

[#Smart]Smart Lighting: Convenience at Your Fingertips[#Smart]

The future of home lighting is brighter and more convenient than ever, thanks to the rapid advancements in smart technology for homes. Smart lighting has taken the design and functionality of modern homes to a whole new level. It's not just about controlling your lights remotely; it's about creating a personalized and seamless lighting experience that enhances convenience, energy efficiency, and ambiance management.

A World of Possibilities

The beauty of smart lighting lies in its versatility and adaptability. With the right technology, homeowners can create lighting scenarios that suit different occasions and personal preferences, all with a few taps on their smartphones or voice commands. Imagine effortlessly transitioning from bright, energizing lighting for work or chores to soft, warm lighting for relaxation and entertainment. 

Empowering Control with Smart Hub Systems

One of the exciting innovations in the realm of smart lighting comes when part of fully-immersive smart hub systems, empowering homeowners with intuitive and customizable lighting control. Coming in various customizable configurations depending on the brand, these state of the art home enhancers easily manage your lighting fixtures, from individual lamps to entire lighting systems, allowing you to fine-tune your lighting environment to perfection via various settings such as: 

  • Scene Control: Create and save lighting scenes for various activities and atmospheres, like "Movie Night" or "Dinner Party."
  • Scheduling: Set lighting schedules to match your daily routine, ensuring that the lights are ready to welcome you at the right time.
  • Voice Control: Interact with your lighting using voice commands, offering hands-free convenience.

A Sustainable and Stylish Future

Beyond the convenience and versatility, smart lighting also contributes to sustainability. Many smart home systems offer energy-saving strategies like dimming or turning off lights when they're not needed, contributing to a greener and more cost-effective home. By optimizing energy use and reducing wastage, homeowners can decrease their carbon footprint while enjoying a stylish and modern lighting environment.

Linear lighting installation in kitchen of Sky Loft renovation at 145 Hudson Street. View our full loft renovation portfolio.

[#Arch]Architectural-Focused Lighting: Accentuating Every Room In The Home[#Arch]

Architectural-focused lighting is making waves in the world of interior design lately, as designers strategically aim to transform spaces into captivating and aesthetically enhanced environments with less materialism and more minimalist mindfulness. This trend focuses on using light as a tool to emphasize the unique features and structures of a room, creating visual elegance that highlights the inherent beauty of the space. Here are some examples of how architectural lighting can be employed to create captivating atmospheres:

Lighting For Living Rooms

  • Recessed Lighting: Recessed lighting is a versatile and space-saving option for living rooms, offering both functionality and aesthetic appeal. With various sizes and styles available, this illusive illumination complements modern interiors with its sleek and minimalist design. The adjustable brightness levels make recessed lighting suitable for different activities and moods, while its strategic positioning can highlight architectural features, adding visual interest to the space. See how we implemented recessed lighting in many of our Manhattan renovations
  • Cove Lighting: Cove lighting is a type of indirect lighting ideally installed around the perimeter of the ceiling, typically concealed within a recessed ledge or molding. This low-key linear illuminator, often used to accentuate pre-war moldings, emits a soft, diffused glow that washes the ceiling and upper walls with light, creating an ambient and inviting atmosphere. Cove lighting is particularly effective in living rooms as it enhances the overall spaciousness and elegance of the room. By illuminating the ceiling and casting a gentle light downward, it helps to visually expand the space and adds a touch of sophistication to the room's aesthetic.
  • Wall-Washing Fixtures: Wall-washing fixtures are designed to bathe vertical surfaces, such as walls or artwork, in a uniform wash of light. These fixtures are typically mounted on the ceiling or wall and directed towards the desired surface to create a smooth, even illumination. In living rooms, wall-washing fixtures can be strategically placed to highlight striking artworks or accent walls, creating a gallery-like ambiance and drawing attention to focal points within the space. This type of lighting adds depth and visual interest to the room while accentuating its architectural features and decorative elements. See how we used wall-washing fixtures to the left and right of the restored fireplace in our full gut renovation of an Upper West Side pre-war co-op at 801 West End Ave.

Lighting For Kitchens

  • Under-Cabinet Lighting: Under-cabinet lighting is installed beneath the upper cabinets in the kitchen to provide task lighting for food preparation and cooking activities. It illuminates the countertop below, making it easier to see while working and enhancing visibility for tasks such as chopping, slicing, and mixing. In addition to its functional benefits, under-cabinet lighting also serves an aesthetic purpose by highlighting the texture and color of backsplashes and countertops, adding depth and dimension to the kitchen space. View various instances of under-cabinet lighting in our kitchen renovation portfolio
  • Pendant Lights: Pendant lights are suspended from the ceiling by a rod, chain, or cord, and they come in a variety of styles, sizes, and materials. In kitchens, pendant lights are often used over islands or dining areas to provide focused task lighting and serve as decorative focal points. Adjustable pendant fixtures can be positioned to direct light exactly where it's needed, whether over a cooking surface or dining table. Beyond their practical function, pendant lights can also contribute to the overall design aesthetic of the kitchen, adding a touch of style and personality to the space.
  • Linear Lighting: As mentioned in our Interior Design Trends for 2024 blog, linear lighting is an excellent way to illuminate highly-trafficked areas like a kitchen, without absorbing too much visual space. Although bold, more complicated lighting fixtures can be charming in certain settings, more contemporary linear lighting designs deliver a more focused frame of light. See how we tactfully implemented linear lighting in our sky loft kitchen renovation at 145 Hudson St

Lighting For Bedrooms

  • Bedside Lighting Options: Bedside lighting options in bedrooms are essential for providing task lighting for activities such as reading, working, or relaxing before sleep. Bedside sconces or wall-mounted fixtures can be installed on either side of the bed to provide focused illumination without taking up valuable bedside table space. Recessed lights can also be installed above the bed to create a cozy reading nook, with adjustable fixtures allowing for customizable light levels and angles. 
  • Pre-War Accents: Strategically-placed lighting in bedrooms can be used to highlight and enhance the distinctive features of pre-war buildings, such as wood paneling, crown molding, or feature walls. By focusing light fixtures to graze or wash these surfaces, the texture, depth, and character of the architectural elements are accentuated, creating a warm and inviting ambiance in the bedroom. 

In New York City, where architectural diversity and innovation are abundant, architectural lighting serves as a tool to amplify the city's architectural gems, be it in residential lofts, historic brownstones, or cutting-edge commercial spaces.

[#Movement]Movement and Modularity In Lighting Fixtures[#Movement]

In the ever-evolving landscape of interior design, movement and modularity are becoming more prevalent when considering contemporary lighting. These trends offer an exciting fusion of customization, transformation, and functionality that aligns perfectly with modern aesthetics.

Embracing Movement

Movement is one of the defining characteristics of lighting design in 2024. Fixtures are no longer solely static, but dynamic elements that can be adjusted, rotated, or repositioned. This sense of fluidity allows homeowners to adapt the lighting to their needs and moods, creating an ever-evolving ambiance within their living spaces.

  • H4: Articulating Arms: Lighting fixtures with articulating arms provide flexibility in directing light where it's needed. Whether it's a desk lamp that can be adjusted for reading or a wall sconce that can pivot to highlight a specific artwork, these fixtures offer both functionality and style.
  • H4: Adjustable Pendants: Pendant lights with adjustable cords or stems allow for easy customization of the fixture's height, making them suitable for a variety of settings, from intimate dining rooms to spacious entryways.
  • H4: Rotating and Swiveling Features: Ceiling and wall-mounted fixtures equipped with rotating or swiveling mechanisms enable homeowners to change the direction and distribution of light, creating diverse atmospheres with a simple twist.

Weightlessness Via Modularity

Modularity is the perfect complement to movement in modern lighting. The concept of weightlessness, both visually and physically, is central to this trend. Lighting fixtures are designed to appear as though they defy gravity, and they often consist of interchangeable or modular components that allow for endless creative configurations.

  • H4: Floating Illusions: Floating or levitating fixtures create a sense of weightlessness and intrigue. These fixtures appear to be suspended in mid-air, challenging traditional notions of how lighting should be anchored.
  • H4: Sculptural Elegance: Lighting designs that resemble sculptures or art installations are becoming increasingly popular. These fixtures are not only functional but also serve as works of art in their own right, contributing to the overall design concept of a space. For instance, see the stunning matte chrome Fairfax chandelier we installed in our Upper West Side pre-war co-op gut renovation at 50 West 96th.
  • H4: Modular Systems: Lighting systems are often built with modular components that can be assembled in various combinations. Homeowners can customize the size, shape, and style of their fixtures to suit their unique tastes and spaces.
Collection of SAIC hanging pendant lights in the stairwell our townhome renovation at 529 East 87th. View full renovation.


As we wrap our illumination of home lighting trends in 2024, it’s clear lighting has moved beyond function, becoming a key part of our living experience. From elegant globe lamps to smart lighting and architectural-minded options, there's a wide range of lighting choices available to enhance your home’s interior design. With proper consideration, planning and the right renovation partner, you can leverage this modern blend of aesthetics, technology, and environmental consciousness to create a comfortable, stylish, and sustainable atmosphere you’ll be proud to call home. 

Considering an apartment renovation in New York City and looking for an enhanced lighting experience in your updated design? View our portfolio of NYC apartment renovation before and afters, learn more about Gallery, or contact us today.

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Ben Bowdon is the Marketing Director of Gallery KBNY, a full service design-build firm specializing in the design and interior renovation of apartments, townhomes, and lofts in NYC. For over a decade, Ben has navigated the ever-changing landscape of online marketing, delivering digital strategy solutions for companies of all sizes, until finding a permanent home with Gallery. As lead brand champion and curator, the proud Western Michigan Bronco strives to deliver thoughtful, industry-leading expertise to Gallery’s esteemed clientele via the most seamless omnichannel experience possible.




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