The Fab 5: Top interior design trends, predicted

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting, Lighting Trends, lighting designs.

If we had to choose a certain word that involves all of the top interior design trends of 2015, we might settle on the word “simplify.” Today, individuals are looking for ways to de-clutter and de-stress, to unwind and remove themselves from the daily “wear and tear” of their fast-paced lives.

With this in mind, it makes sense why folks are remodeling rather than moving, opting for softer colors and tending towards uncomplicated styles. Read on to learn the top five interior design trends. Thanks to Neil Kelly Company for the expert insight featured in this month’s issue of enLIGHTenment magazine.

Soft, cool hues: Light blues and greens are popular design colors for the new year.

The master bath is an especially prevalent space to see soft colors as homeowners seek to use this space as a place of retreat.

Upcycled design: Many materials – such as old wood and metals – are being reborn in the home design world, and popping up as “new” products with a sustainable element.

The Rush outdoor wall sconce is comprised of recycled bamboo wood.

Remodeling over moving: More folks are opting to remodel their existing homes than move into a new one. Updating your light fixtures is one way to transform the environment and perceived value of your home.

New light fixtures over a kitchen island can revitalize the look and feel of the entire room.

Heavy on the metal: From copper lighting finishes to brass sinks, metal is making an appearance in the new year. Shades and tones of copper are hot on the design scale.

The Progress Lighting Brookside pendant is available in a solid Copper finish and can be applied to both interior and exterior settings.

Clean, contemporary design: Simplified designs are on the rise for 2015 as more and more homeowners move towards a more minimalist modern approach.

A single Modera pendant creates a sweet and simple focal point in this bathroom.

A single Modera pendant creates a sweet and simple focal point in this bathroom.

Which trend would you incorporate into your home design?

Source: enLIGHTenment Magazine, The Great 8, January 2015 issue

Progress Lighting: A Year in Review

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Lighting, Progress Lighting, awards.

As another year comes to a close, we look forward to bright opportunities ahead. But before we embrace the excitement of the new year, we thought it would be fitting to take a moment to reflect on the successes of 2014. We invite you to join us as we celebrate noteworthy accomplishments from this past year.

Happy New Year from Progress Lighting

Progress Lighting introduces the first dual purpose surface and recessed LED luminaire on the market – the P8022

The P8022

The P8022

The introduction of the P8022 Series was an industry first. The P8022 maximizes versatility with its clean, sleek design that unites performance, cost and safety benefits for residential and commercial applications. Classified for wet locations, the P8022 features a 120V alternating current source. Its state-of-the-art design eliminates the need for a traditional LED driver.

Progress Lighting receives Home Builder Executive’s Gold Innovation Award

We were honored to take home the top award for innovation in decorative lighting from Home Builder Executive Magazine. We are proud of our committed team that helps us ensure the highest standards of quality and innovation in decorative lighting.

Progress Lighting launches digital newsroom

After years of building our social media channels to engage with a variety of audiences, this year we further evolved our web presence by unveiling a digital newsroom, The newsroom provides new ways for consumers, prospects and partners to learn about Progress Lighting. Visitors now have access to items – including image galleries, video libraries and company news – that are easy to share with others. We hope you’ll check it out!

Progress Lighting unveils a digital newsroom to serve as a resource for media and partners.

Progress Lighting unveils a digital newsroom to serve as a resource for media and partners.

Progress Lighting gains more than 20,000 fans on Facebook

We were humbled by the ever-growing support of our fan base on our social channels. Thank you to all of our loyal customers, fans and supporters who follow and interact with us online – and helped us to reach and surpass the exciting milestone of more than 20,000 fans on Facebook. We hope you’ll connect with us!

Asset by Progress Lighting

Asset by Progress Lighting

Asset named to Professional Remodeler’s 100 Best New Products of 2014

Introduced in 2014, the Asset collection – a classic, modern family of pendants, chandeliers and sconces – was selected for the 100 Best New Products list from Professional Remodeler Magazine.

Thanks to all of our partners for your continued support of Progress Lighting. We look forward to new opportunities in 2015. Happy New Year!

Can lighting really affect your overall happiness?

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lifestyle palettes, Lighting.

Have you ever considered the effect lighting has on our mood and psychological well being? Studies show that prolonged exposure to darkness actually has the power to affect our overall happiness. Luckily, the right interior mood lighting, used during times of the year where our exposure to the sun is limited, can bring summer into the home all year round.

Fortune pendants by Progress Lighting

While natural light is the most effective, in certain areas of the country this can be considered a luxury in the winter months. This is where mood enhancing lights come into play. These lights imitate the sun’s bright rays.

According to FreshHome, “on bright summer days, the sun’s brightness can measure at nearly 100,000 lux. However, indoor lights – which most of us are subjected to during long winters – only clock in around at about 100 lux.” Mood lights can provide you with an intense 10,000 lux boost.

So, what are the benefits of these sun-imitating fixtures? Here are just a few to consider:

  • They counteract seasonal depression
  • They help control intense (and unhealthy) food cravings
  • They aid in productive sleep habits
  • They promote feelings of happiness

If you are interested in learning more about the positive effects mood lighting can have on your life, check out this article on FreshHome.

Designer Series with Possibilities for Design – part 3 of 3

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bedroom Lighting, Interior Design, Lighting Trends.

As our Designer Series featuring highlights from an interview with Possibilities for Design comes to a close, we thought it only fit to ask about inspiration.

And we were excited to learn that the Possibilities for Design team like to stay current with hospitality design trends.

As hotels are challenged with offering a “home away from home” atmosphere, many hospitality design publications share forward-thinking ideas for applications that can be mirrored in residential settings.

Progress Lighting Brookside wall sconces

Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

What trends are you seeing in home design? Where do you draw from for inspiration? Is it the runway? Cultural experiences? Or perhaps even hospitality design projects?

We’d love to hear from you. And we thank Doris Pearlman from Possibilties for Design for participating in this installment of Progress Lighting’s Designer Series.

Designer Series with Possibilities for Design – part 2 of 3

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bedroom Lighting, Interior Design, Lighting, lighting designs.

Yesterday we were pleased to share insight from our conversation with Doris Pearlman, president of interior design company Possibilities for Design.

As her team works to create a vision that fits with the buyer concept profile, they like to explore how to incorporate fixtures in unexpected, non-traditional ways.

We love how mini-pendants from Progress Lighting’s Dance collection are separately placed over each bed in this guest room from a recent Possibilities for Design project with Toll Brothers.

Progress Lighting's Dance pendants

Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

Doris also likes to group smaller pieces together to offer a unique lighting profile that complements the space.

Traditionally used over kitchen islands – or in covered outdoor areas – Doris selected our Bay Court pendants for a stunning family room application in the same Toll Brothers home as above. We think it’s spectacular.

Progress Lighting Bay Court pendants

Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

Designer Series with Possibilities for Design – part 1 of 3

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bathroom Lighting, Homebuilders, Interior Design, Lighting, Lighting Trends.

Ever since we caught a glimpse of how Possibilities for Design incorporated Progress Lighting into their residential applications, we knew we wanted to interview them as part of our Designer Series – to tap into and learn from their expertise.

For more than three decades, Possibilities for Design has specialized in creative interior design and interior merchandising solutions for homebuilders in need of compelling – yet inviting – model homes.

They have incorporated our fixtures in so many refreshing and unexpected ways, and we encourage you to read more about their thoughts on how lighting complements current home décor trends.

According to Doris Pearlman, president of Possibilities for Design, lighting has become hugely important to the homebuilder.

“Lighting can change or add to the overall design in the house. Because of the functional and decorative elements lighting fixtures bring, they immediately impact the look of a room.”

A Progress Lighting pendant provides task lighting, while also enhancing the look and feel of this home office in a Toll Brothers model home. Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

In a recent interview, Doris also mentioned that individuals are gravitating towards sleek designs that are straightforward and have strong lines. An example can be seen below with Progress Lighting’s bath and vanity fixtures contributing to a space with minimalist undertones (also in a Toll Brothers application).

Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

Style guide: How to light your contemporary home

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, lighting lifestyles, renovations.

Homes that are designed with a contemporary style often feature softened and rounded lines, neutral elements and bold color. Additionally, this design style tends to focus on the basics of line, shape and form.

At Progress Lighting, we continually strive to create innovative products that appeal to a wide range of design tastes, and accommodate a variety of lifestyles. Today, we hope to inspire you with lighting ideas for your contemporary home. Browse contemporary lighting styles by room, with expert tips from our designers, below:


Pendants are a great way to show off your unique personality in your decorating style. This Kolter Homes kitchen features our Bingo pendants, which have subtle circular details that add playful visual accents to the space.

Progress Lighting Bingo pendantsProgress Lighting Bingo pendants. Image courtesy of Kolter Homes.


A traditional home would typically limit chandeliers to your more traditional spaces, such as a dining room. Homes with a contemporary flair can bring in a luxurious element with a chandelier in an unexpected setting, such as above a tub in the bathroom.

Progress Lighting Nissé chandelier

Bathroom design completed by Mary DeWalt Design Group, featuring the Progress Lighting Nissé chandelier.


Lighting fixtures with a strong emphasis on shape tend to fall in the more contemporary category. Progress Lighting’s Equinox collection features alternating spherical rings with bold visual appeal. Now available in a larger sizes, this fixture can create a stunning focal point in a bedroom setting.

Progress Lighting Equinox chandelier

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Equinox chandelier

Dining Room

A chandelier with clean lines and graphic details can add to the overall look and feel of your dining room. Shy away from fixtures with ornate detailing to keep with your contemporary theme.

Progress Lighting Compass chandelier

Image courtesy of Kolter Homes, featuring Progress Lighting's Compass chandelier

4 ideas that will light up your kitchen island

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Kitchen Lighting, Lighting, Lighting Trends.

Kitchen islands are a top trend among homebuyers. Islands provide a natural place for guests to gather, while facilitating a natural flow in kitchen areas. With islands being a “must-have” for today’s homeowners, this brings up the issue – how do you properly light this area? We were pleased to hear our friends at Modernize had some home design wisdom to share. We hope you will enjoy their guest post on kitchen island lighting ideas. Which is your favorite?


We like to think of the lights over a kitchen island as if they’re the fabulous jewelry that make an outfit come alive. An otherwise lovely kitchen can be taken to the next level of style with the right lighting. It’s important to remember that lighting must be as functional as it is gorgeous to get the most out of your kitchen space. We’ve gathered four of our favorite ideas to serve as inspiration for your kitchen island lighting search:

1. We love lantern style lighting, such as Progress Lighting’s Crestwood lantern, because of the amount of light it provides while also maintaining the open feel of a room — plus, it’s unique.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Crestwood lantern

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Crestwood lantern

2. Pendants provide direct lighting to the kitchen island. With this option, you may need other types of lighting (such as under cabinet lights) to ensure there is enough light throughout the kitchen area. This is a wonderful option if you plan to use your island for tasks such as preparing meals or doing homework.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Brookside pendants

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Brookside pendants

3. A classic lighting fixture, such as an ornate chandelier, will bring you back to an older time period. This style offers a gorgeous way to light your kitchen island if you’re going for a more traditional look.

4. Recessed fixtures light up your entire kitchen, not just the island, which is great for achieving even lighting throughout the space. Use recessed for ambient lighting, and pair with decorative fixtures to show off your personality.

Glass Pendants by Progress Lighting

Glass Pendants by Progress Lighting

This post was contributed by Jane Blanchard – a blogger, home design geek, graphic designer and writer for Modernize.

Home trend report: Color! | Q+A with Kolter Homes Interior Designer Alissa Bennett

Posted by kbanks & filed under Homebuilders, Interior Design, remodeling, renovations.

Keeping up with the latest home trends can help you make selections that will enhance the perceived value of your home. Today on the blog, our special guest and Kolter Homes Interior Designer Alissa Bennett shares her insight on the top home color trends (and how she keeps up with design trends herself!).


COLOR – and lots of it!  There are two factors that have always affected design, specifically color trends: (1) the economy, and (2) fashion.  As the economy improves it’s likely we will see the use of very rich and vibrant hues.  According to leading designers, we will see a strong influx of red in various shades as well as maintain a presence of cobalt blue, lapis, robin’s egg, navy and indigo.  Pantone® has also released their Fall 2014 Color Report representing the most prominent hues for this season.  Although it refers to fashion, the home building industry will see these colors translate into products which will strongly influence interior finishes and furnishings for the home.  Sangria, aurora red, radiant orchid, royal blue, and bright cobalt are just a few of the colors Pantone® is predicting.


As a Florida-licensed interior designer, it’s my obligation to stay ahead of the curve in terms of trends and products.  I’m a professional, providing consultation regarding each home’s aesthetics and function. But, most importantly, I ensure that the selections accommodate the health, safety and welfare of the homebuyer.

How do I stay informed?  In addition to attending Continuing Education Courses, I attend trade-only markets/shows such as Coverings and International High Point Furniture Market in High Point, N.C.  These events allow me to see new and innovative designs and products showcased all over the country and internationally.  I also utilize websites and publications from (American Society of Interior Designers) and enjoy the guilty pleasures of reading Veranda, Home & Garden, Garden Design and House Beautiful – I can’t resist a beautiful magazine cover!

Alissa Bennett, a Florida-licensed interior designer, is a Kolter Homes Design Consultant.  Alissa has a bachelor’s degree in interior design, and is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.

How to create a successful lighting design | Q+A with Kolter Homes Interior Designer Alissa Bennett

Posted by kbanks & filed under Homebuilders, Interior Design, Lighting, Lighting Trends, remodeling, renovations.

Whether purchasing a new home or renovating your existing one, lighting is a crucial part of the design process. Lighting not only impacts the functionality of a space, but also helps further the overall style and personality of your home. It’s important when selecting your fixtures that you carefully examine both your functional and fashionable desires for the room.

Archie in Kolter Homes

Kolter Homes | Featuring Progress Lighting Archie pendants

We love hearing fresh perspectives and the latest tips, tricks and trends in home lighting from our partners and experts in design. Recently, we had the pleasure of sitting down with interior designer and Kolter Homes Design Consultant Alissa Bennett. Kolter Homes strives to offer each customer special attention throughout the entire home-building experience. Much of this is accomplished through the Kolter Homes Design Gallery, which offers customers personalized and professional service structured to appeal to each buyer’s unique tastes and desires.

Read on to learn how Alissa uses her expertise to counsel and help buys build their dream home.

Ashbury in Kolter Homes

Kolter Homes | Featuring Progress lighting Ashbury collection


Upon welcoming buyers to the Kolter Homes Design Gallery, I spend time getting to know them in terms of lifestyle as well as establishing a budget for selections and learning of any special accommodations required.  It’s extremely important to assess the buyers’ needs and wants, desired color palette, and gain an understanding of how they will use their home before starting the actual selection process.


Residential lighting is extremely important and often overlooked when it comes to design.  Effective residential lighting addresses task, ambient, accent and decorative lighting.  During a homebuyer’s design gallery appointment we determine how each space will be used so that the proper task lighting and ambient lighting is selected and installed during the construction process.  Once they have moved into their new home, additional ambient lighting, accent and decorative lighting may be added by the homebuyer in the form of table lamps, floor lamps, candle light, etc.

Clayton in Kolter Homes

Kolter Homes | Featuring Progress Lighting Clayton collection


Many may not think of lighting as a focal point; however, successful design is derived from basic elements and principles of design that can be achieved with the use of light.  Color, texture and harmony through the use of repetition, balance, hierarchy and emphasis are a few examples where lighting plays a key role in creating focal points. For example, placing the proper light source near a wall where a texture is present creates a “wall wash” allowing the texture to be emphasized in the room.


Let’s put a positive spin on “challenges,” shall we?  It’s been my experience that although we may run into challenges, those challenges often evoke the most raw and sometime superior creative solutions.  With that said, we always have to consider budget and time frame.  In the case of remodels we also must consider existing conditions and electrical capacity.  As I mentioned before, lighting is a critical component.  It requires the correct type, scale and aesthetic and it can make or break the interior of a home.

Stay tuned as we hear from Alissa on the latest lighting trends – later this week!


Alissa Bennett, a Florida-licensed interior designer, is a Kolter Homes Design Consultant.  Alissa has a bachelor’s degree in interior design, and is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.