The biggest and brightest trends for lighting in 2020 are here! Changing out a lamp, pendant or chandelier can have a dramatic effect on the look and feel of any room so we’re coveting all the beautiful new trending shapes and materials in lighting.
Just as we turn back the clocks and the days get a little shorter, I’m back with a special post dedicated to all the lighting trends Kristy and I discovered at High Point Market.
Make sure you catch my earlier posts, reporting directly from our trip to High Point Market a few weeks ago: Top 2020 Colour Trends from Fall High Point Market and The Biggest Wall Art Trends from High Point 2020
Tricia and Kristy unwinding at an end of day market party
The Empire and the Cone
I’ve mentioned the empire shade stepping back into the spotlight before. You know, the one from your grandma’s 80s living room decor. And wow, it was definitely the IT and NOW shape of market.
Along with dynamic cone shaped shades in a myriad of angles from tall horn shades to wide umbrella ones. From what we could see, coquettish angled shades are apparently conspiring for world domination.
Does this mean you need to replace all the the straight drum or the more gentle taper lamp shades in your home?
No. They are still classic shapes that aren’t going anywhere soon. However the hottest shape, the one that looks savvy and new, is the empire and the cone. And lighting is a great place to indulge in a trend. Maria recently installed cone pendants in her kitchen refresh here.
Large white and brass cone pendants at Vanguard
Also at Vanguard
And speaking of trends, there was oodles of fringe. It was incorporated into upholstery and light shades, like this dramatic and oversized cone-shaped fabric pendant above (notice too, the empire shades on the pillar lamps).
The Black Lamp Shade Trend
Nothing says glam like a black shade. You can see one on the chest in the image above. Most often paired with brass bases, we spotted the restrained glow of black shades everywhere on lamps, chandeliers and sconces.
Black and brass lamp at Vanguard
Black empire shade and geometric art at Kravet
The Opaque Brass Lamp Shade Trend
Closely related to the sultry black shade (and also trending) is the solid brass shade. It’s like a lovely piece of jewelry for your living room.
Lamp with brass shade at Chaddock
The Mushroom Lamp Trend
One more lamp trend I have been seeing everywhere lately, and that was well-represented in the showrooms, is the sleek retro mushroom lamp.
Brass Mushroom Lamp at Century
Alabaster mushroom lamps by Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort
Brass, as you can see, is still a mainstay finish for lighting. This trend isn’t going anywhere soon. But it’s not really news anymore.
The Alabaster Lighting Trend
Alabaster lamps at Highland House
Lighting is best with soft shades, or frosted bulbs and glass. I am so happy to see the bald and glaring bare bulb trend going away in favour of more flattering lighting. Alabaster makes a very pretty shade for light fixtures with its creamy translucent white and natural veining patterns.
Kelly Wearstler had an expansive line of alabaster lighting at the Visual Comfort showroom. We also saw alabaster lighting in many vignettes, including the pretty lamps on the credenza in this charming dining room above.
The Refined Details Lighting Trend
There were many chandeliers and sconces with really beautiful, delicate and whimsical details. Especially floral motifs – like this pretty filigree sconce by Miranda Kerr below.
This sparkling brass chandelier with a bird motif below is also by Miranda Kerr.
The Rattan Shade Lighting Trend
And for the SoCal and coastal lovers, there were plenty of striking rattan fixtures. Most were theatrically large in scale.
Oversized rattan pendant at Hickory Chair
A collection of large rattan pendants at Hudson Valley Lighting
The takeaway on lighting trends for 2020? Go big. Go bold.
Aside from the shapes and materials that caught our eye at market this year, we noticed that all lighting had one major feature in common. It was BIG and BOLD. Lamps and lighting took up space, a lot of space. They commanded attention. And I love that. It always feels like a missed opportunity when pendants and lamps are too small and timid.
There is a place for more delicately scaled task lamps such as pharmacy lights and mini lamps that illuminate a mantel or shelf to be sure, but over a table or island, or at the centre of the room, go big and bold.
Changing out a lamp, pendant or chandelier can have a dramatic effect on the look and feel of any room. So have fun exploring some new lighting options.
Here are a few of our favourite sources:
We would love to hear what you think. Have you been seduced by the new conical look of shades? The easiest way to update a lamp of course is to put on a new shade in a new shape.
Will you set the mood with an opaque shade in black or bass? Or does the airy sparkle of a chandelier inspired by flora and fauna appeal to you more?
Have you been noticing other new lighting trends that I didn’t cover here?
Thanks Tricia and Kristy for this fabulous lamp update!
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