From chic colorful pendants to soft and romantic lighting, these are the biggest 2021 lighting trends, according to design experts and lighting designers.
Sure, beautiful furniture and a well-decorated space are important to create a functional and stylish home. However, if you want to set the mood of your home, you should also pay attention to the lighting since it has the power to make or break your space. Additionally, it’s not just about how you light your home or where to place it, but you should also consider the purpose and style, such as will it go well with the rest of your home’s décor?
Design experts and lighting designers share the biggest 2021 lighting trends that will make your home chic, functional, and well-lit.
Make It Colorful
Missy Hulsey, senior director of marketing for The Urban Electric Co., predicts that color will play a big role in the 2021 lighting trends. She shares in an interview with MyDomaine, “We think we’ll continue to see painted finishes as a big trend in the coming year, so much so that we recently teamed up with renowned color expert Eve Ashcraft to create our own palette of ten signature colors, which will be launching early 2021. They range from the perfect, intense blue to a bold shade of curry. We’ve always had a strong perspective on color and look forward to building on that trend with our design clients.“
One of the examples would be their classic Thao collection that delivers the perfect juxtaposition of forms and profiles. It’s perfect to use in a hallway or over a kitchen island.
Mimic Natural Light
Interior designer Sasha Bikoff that lighting that can mimic natural light will be popular in the upcoming year. She added that people are looking for ways to bring the outdoors in, and light is one of the best vehicles to help homeowners feel more connected and more in-tune with nature and wind down as the day comes to a close.
Mix and Match
Robin Baron, principal of Robin Baron Design, mentioned that 2021 lighting trends will include a unique mix of materials, finishes, and styles, like this modern concrete and brass table lamp by Graham & Green from Homes and Gardens. It’s made of manmade materials, such as concrete for a more contemporary effect, combined with warmer tones of brushed and polished brass. Baron adds that 2021 is all about breaking away from what we usually expect in lighting and expanding our point of view.
Natural and Organic
Peter Bowles, Founder and Managing Director, Original BTC, shares in an interview with MyDomaine, “People are also taking more interest in lights crafted from natural materials with longevity rather than cheaper, mass-produced lighting made of plastic. As we transition to a new normal, we should treat ourselves to beautiful pieces that improve our home environment, lift our spirits, and make every day enjoyable. Try to build up layers of illumination by integrating table lights, wall lights, pendants, and target lighting, and add maximum flexibility with dimmers for setting the mood.”
Additionally, with more of us working from home this 2020, we give more thought to how we light our home offices and workspaces, and one of the 2021 lighting trends will be traditional workmanship and styles, such as the Abercrombie table lamp by Jim Lawrence.
Will Law, Partner & Home Design Stylist at John Lewis, advises that if you are working from your living space, use different types of lamps to create the right environment. He adds in an interview with Home and Gardens, “In the day, opt for LED task lighting, which is bright and white – and you could even supplement this with a SAD lamp on darker days. In the evening, turn these off and transition to diffused lighting – either shaded lamps or designs that have warm, frosted bulbs, as these will give a cozy glow to the room.”
Sustainable and Stylish
Robert Sonneman, founder and chief creative officer of SONNEMAN, shares that lighting accounts for nearly six percent of global CO2 emissions. A global switch to energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) technology could save over 1,400 million tons of CO2. He added that 2021 lighting trends will no longer be just about style so much as it is about functional design achieving utility, application, and performance.
A perfect example would be Schoolhouse’s Spitfire 60″ LED Ceiling Fan from Fanimation that offers a sleek, aeronautical profile with innovative engineering to match.
Unique or Vintage Lamps
Kevin Dumais and Charlie Dumais, co-founders of Dumais Made, are both expecting that 2021 lighting trends will be more familiar and nostalgic. “Pieces that are warm, cozy, and intimate. We have all been spending more time in our homes and are looking for simple ways to address those dark spots or make previously underutilized spaces functional. Decorative plug-in lamps are the perfect solution, especially ones that are unique or vintage. We like small table lamps that slip onto a bookshelf or plug-in sconces that can be added over a crowded desk or work surface without taking up valuable space,” they added in an interview with MyDomaine.
Matthew Williamson who has collaborated with Pooky says in an interview with Home and Gardens, “When it comes to lighting your home, choosing lamps should be like selecting accessories to complement an outfit. Setting the mood rests entirely on the lighting you choose. Forget about using one main lighting source in favor of illuminating a few lamps around the room for a more interesting, flattering lighting scheme.“
Kevin Dumais and Charlie Dumais, co-founders of Dumais Made, predicts that sources of light are remaining to move more towards LED. However, we will be seeing a lot more ‘warm dim’ or ‘warm glow’ bulbs in 2021 because of two reasons. First is they imitate the color temperature curve of an incandescent bulb when dimmed. Second is they help to transition the mood of space from bright and ambient to soft and romantic. Dumais advised choosing a floor or table lamp with a dimmer switch.
Whatever you choose to light up your home, it’s no doubt that these 2021 lighting trends are guaranteed to shine! Learn more interior design tips and ideas on Omysa’s Design blog. Happy decorating!