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Residential Lighting Trends of 2023: Interview with Ferguson

January 4th, 2024

By Sofia Alonso

5 min read

In a recent visit to the Ferguson Chantilly showroom, Francisca Alonso, CEO and Co-Founder of AV Architects and Builders, met with Taylor Viands, a lighting designer at Ferguson Kitchen and Bath Showroom. Their conversation provided a deep dive into the latest lighting trends of 2023, offering valuable insights for homeowners and designers. This exchange is particularly relevant for those looking to update or remodel their homes, providing a glimpse into the future of lighting design.

Ferguson is a leading distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies, as well as HVAC equipment, offering a wide range of products to professionals and homeowners alike. With a strong emphasis on customer service, Ferguson offers expert advice and support to its clients, helping them navigate through their vast inventory to find the perfect solutions for their needs. Ferguson operates a robust online platform,, which allows customers to browse and purchase products conveniently, alongside their numerous physical showrooms and service centers across the United States. 

At AV Architects + Builders, with our rich 23-year history in designing and building custom homes in Northern Virginia, we are dedicated to staying at the forefront of the latest trends and innovations in home design. This article aims to serve as an essential guide for those undertaking home building or renovation projects, providing insights into the latest appliance trends and styles to elevate your living space.

Both Francisca and Taylor bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, making their insights invaluable for understanding current trends. Their conversation highlights the dynamic nature of home design and the importance of staying updated with the latest in lighting innovations.



Top Residential Lighting Trends of 2023

#1 Clean and Open Designs

A key trend in 2023 is the preference for open and clean lighting designs. Cage pendant lights, which combine openness with a hint of structure, have become particularly popular. Manufacturers have expanded on this concept by introducing various finishes and mixing metals, adding an extra layer of sophistication to spaces like dining rooms and entrance foyers. This trend reflects a desire for lighting that is minimalistic yet textured, providing a balance between simplicity and decorative appeal. The popularity of these designs indicates a shift towards more airy and less obtrusive lighting fixtures in modern homes.

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Ferguson, Millenium Lighting, Ritner 5-Light 40in. Wide Chandelier, Matte Black


Residential Lighting Innovations of 2023

#1 Smart Lighting

The lighting industry in 2023 has seen significant innovation, particularly in terms of functionality. One notable feature is the ability to change color temperatures using a simple remote control. This innovation adds convenience and flexibility, allowing homeowners to adjust lighting to suit different moods and occasions. The integration of such features indicates a shift towards more user-friendly and adaptable lighting solutions. This trend is particularly appealing to those seeking to create dynamic and versatile living spaces.

#2 LED Strip Lighting

LED strip lighting has become increasingly versatile in 2023. Initially popular around mirrors and vanities, LED strips are now being used under cabinets, in floating cabinets, and even in dropped ceilings. These strips offer the ability to change colors and can be controlled remotely, including syncing with music. Their ease of installation and the dramatic effect they create have made LED strips a favorite for adding accent lighting in various spaces. This trend demonstrates the growing desire for customizable and interactive lighting solutions in modern homes.

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Best Sellers in Residential Lighting of 2023

#1 Bar Lights over Vanities

In 2023, bar lights over vanities have made a surprising comeback. These are not just simple bar lights anymore; they now incorporate color and design elements, adding a touch of elegance to bathrooms. This resurgence reflects a broader trend of incorporating more decorative and statement pieces in bathroom design, moving away from the purely functional approach of the past. The modern bar lights are seen as a blend of both functionality and style, enhancing the overall aesthetic of the bathroom.


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Consumer Lighting Preferences of 2023

#1. Mixing Metals with Natural Elements

Mixing metals has become a significant trend in lighting design. Consumers are also drawn to fixtures that incorporate natural wood elements, creating a unique and organic look. For instance, pendants with a worn wood look and gold interiors exemplify this trend. These lighting choices are not just about illumination; they are about making a statement and complementing other design elements in the space. The trend towards natural elements in lighting reflects a broader movement towards more organic and earthy themes in interior design.

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#2. Open and Airy Designs

There is a growing preference for lighting fixtures that are open and airy. This trend caters to the modern desire for unobtrusive designs that do not dominate the space but rather enhance it subtly. Such designs are particularly popular in areas used for entertaining, where the focus is on creating a welcoming and uncluttered atmosphere. The open and airy designs in lighting fixtures contribute to a sense of spaciousness and lightness, making them ideal for contemporary living spaces.

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Taylor’s Personal Favorite Lighting Trend of 2023

#1. Two-Tone Fixtures

Taylor's personal favorite in 2023 is two-tone fixtures. This preference for mixing finishes reflects a shift in interior design norms, where mixing and matching different metals is now seen as stylish and sophisticated. The two-tone fixtures offer a unique visual appeal, breaking the monotony of single-colored fixtures and adding depth to the lighting design.

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Ferguson, Signature Hardware, Korbel 60W 4-Light Medium E-26 Pendant, Matte Black



Residential Lighting Trends of 2023 with AV Architects + Builders and ferguson

The insightful discussion between Francisca Alonso and Taylor Viands at Ferguson Enterprises sheds light on the transformative trends in residential lighting for 2023. This conversation is a treasure trove of information for homeowners, designers, and anyone interested in the latest developments in lighting design. Their combined expertise offers a unique perspective on how lighting is evolving to meet the changing needs and tastes of modern homeowners.

The year 2023 marks a significant shift towards open and clean lighting designs, with cage pendant lights leading the trend. This preference for minimalistic yet textured designs reflects a broader movement in interior design towards simplicity blended with decorative appeal. The popularity of these airy and unobtrusive fixtures indicates a growing desire for lighting that complements rather than dominates living spaces.

Innovation in lighting technology is also a key highlight of 2023, with smart lighting features like adjustable color temperatures becoming increasingly popular. These advancements add a new dimension of convenience and flexibility, allowing homeowners to tailor their lighting to various moods and occasions. The integration of LED strip lighting in diverse areas of the home further underscores the industry's focus on versatile and dynamic lighting solutions.

Bar lights over vanities have emerged as a surprising bestseller in 2023, evolving from simple functional fixtures to elegant design elements. This resurgence is part of a larger trend towards incorporating more decorative and statement pieces in bathroom lighting, moving away from a purely utilitarian approach.

Consumer trends in 2023 show a strong inclination towards mixing metals and incorporating natural elements in lighting fixtures. The combination of different finishes and materials, such as wood, creates unique and organic designs that are both visually appealing and statement-making. The preference for open and airy lighting fixtures aligns with the modern desire for uncluttered and inviting spaces, particularly in areas meant for entertaining.

Taylor's personal favorite, the two-tone fixtures, exemplifies the innovative spirit of 2023's lighting trends. These fixtures, which blend different metals, offer a sophisticated and stylish approach to lighting design, breaking away from traditional norms and adding depth to the overall aesthetic.

The insights from Francisca Alonso and Taylor provide a comprehensive overview of the lighting trends in 2023. From open designs and innovative features to the resurgence of bar lights and the popularity of LED strips, these trends reflect a shift towards more personalized, functional, and aesthetically pleasing lighting solutions in homes. The conversation not only highlights the latest trends but also reflects the industry's commitment to innovation, sustainability, and customer satisfaction.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Taylor, contact Ferguson Showroom at 703-375-5870 or


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