When designing and building a new home, lighting is a crucial element. Not only should it be considered in terms of functionality, comfort, and safety, but also in terms of how it may enrich and elevate the home’s style and design.

While the sky is the limit in terms of lighting options, here in Florida, common trends reflect our relaxed and informal lifestyle, and the desire to create spaces that are both stylish and comfortable.

When planning the lighting scheme for your new LifeStyle home, here are some technology and design trends to consider.

1.Sustainability. LED lighting and smart lighting systems that conserve energy and reduce carbon footprint are in high demand. That’s why LED lighting is included in all LifeStyle homes as part of our SunSmart energy-saving building envelope.

2.Statement Lighting. Statement lighting pieces can double as works of art and add an aesthetic element to a space. When designing your home, think about where you’ll want to showcase bold statement lights.

3.Ambient Lighting. As you consider how you’ll interact with each room in your home, think through how the use of lighting can create a specific atmosphere and enhance the overall mood of a space.

4.Personalized Lighting. Along the same lines, you’ll want to consider the ability to control and customize lighting in real-time to match your family’s different moods, activities, and preferences.

5.Smart-Home Lighting. This is accomplished through the integration of lighting with smart-home technology such as voice control, mobile apps, and automated systems. All LifeStyle homes include four “smart switches” that allow you to customize and personalize your home’s lighting, as well as control it from anywhere in the world.

6.Natural Light. On the opposite end of the spectrum, natural light remains a big consideration when designing a new home in sunny Florida. To maximize natural light, consider your home’s orientation, as well as window sizes and placement. It will make a big difference in the overall feel and comfort of your home.

7.Coastal Inspired. When it comes to fixtures, those with a coastal or beachy feel made of natural materials like rope, driftwood, and shells tend to make their way into Florida homes.

8.Modern Chic/Mid-Century Modern. Depending on your personal style though, you may opt for popular sleek and contemporary lighting fixtures, often featuring clean lines and minimalistic design. Or, you may consider the contemporized versions of lighting styles from 1945 to 1975. Mid-century modern lights tend to feature brass, bronze or chrome; glass globes; and unique geometric designs.

9.Modern Farmhouse/Rustic. Other fixture styles are also in demand in Florida homes, such as those with a rustic or modern farmhouse feel typically made of metal, wood, and glass.

10.Outdoor Lighting. Last but not least, when designing your new home’s lighting scheme, don’t overlook functional and decorative lights for outdoor spaces, including patios, porches, and pools.

With these ideas in mind, let’s get started on your new LifeStyle home! Give us a call at (321) 727-8188.