For years, home builders would select outdoor lights in a bronze or flat black finish because the color was flattering on many different home styles. Just like the little black dress, outdoor lanterns in a bronze or black finish are classic, goes-with-everything choices.
But, also just like in clothing fashion, changing out our home’s look to reflect our personal style is soaring in popularity. More and more homeowners are replacing the outdoor fixtures that “came with the house,” bringing in styles and finishes that look fresh and modern.
Among the hottest looks in outdoor fixtures are the more unexpected lighter finishes such as stainless steel, satin nickel, raw zinc, and crisp white. In fact, white is especially in demand — not only can it evoke a Coastal vibe, but it blends in beautifully on homes with white trim. As a classic neutral, white also complements a multitude of home styles in the same way that black does.
Also experiencing a resurgence in popularity is another classic material: copper, in both shiny and aged finishes. Copper gutters and downspouts are premium choices for luxury properties and selecting copper lanterns can really pull the upscale look together.
Copper is renowned for turning to a burnished, green patina over time; if you do not want this look for your home, there are copper lanterns with a special lacquer that protects the copper from the patina process. Check the wording on the product description to see if it has a protective finish.
If your home has a more contemporary look, consider switching to lanterns or outdoor fixtures in lighter finishes such as steel or nickel. This will bring even more modern flair to the exterior compared to a black finish, which is more traditional.
You can find outdoor lighting in light-colored finishes at LightsOnline.com! As this trend continues to grow in popularity, so will their selection.