One thing is certain in these uncertain times: many of us are spending more time at home. Even if your home is now partly your office, using lighting to keep your space tranquil is a great idea. The right lighting fixtures can have a huge impact on your mood.
With that in mind, here are some home lighting trends for 2021, shaped by an unusual year.
1. Modern mood lighting
LED smart bulbs were a game changer when they first illuminated the market a few years ago. Furthermore, they’ve only become smarter since then. LED fixtures and smart bulbs are becoming increasingly popular because they let you set the ambience (aka the bulbs’ warmth and brightness) in your home, transforming a daytime home office to a cozy evening sanctuary. Customizing the lighting in your space can also help you save on energy bills!
Smart LED bulbs and strips are also affordable and widely available. This year, a big trend for home offices is integrated strip lighting. It mimics natural light and takes up hardly any space, freeing up precious desk real estate!
2. Lights that evoke nature
Deemed the new hygge, “friluftsliv” is the Nordic concept of reconnecting with the outdoors, and was popular in 2020 for obvious reasons! What does this mean for lighting trends in the home, though? It means 2021 is all about bringing the outdoors indoors, wherever possible. Nature was the saviour of our mental health in 2020, so it’s no surprise that we want to embrace it in our homes.
Light fixtures made from natural fibres like rattan, wood and bamboo offer ways to add textures from nature to any room. Fixtures made from these materials are often upcycled or recycled, meaning they’re an eco-friendly option, too!
3. Spherical lighting
Spherical lights are all about simplicity, and are a classic shape that’s pleasing to the eye. According to My Décor Trends, the key to this 2021 trend is the unique materials fixtures can be made from. Metals like brass and copper are popular options, while different coloured glass can also add visual interest.
Simple, minimalist spherical lights can really make an accent wall pop, making them great for hallways or reception areas. We love the example above, painted in 2021’s Pantone Colour of the Year, “Illuminating”, which emulates the bright sunlight we’re all craving right now.
4. Sculptural floor lights
Maximizing our space at home is more important than ever. Ceiling and wall lights may be a more obvious choice to save space. But big floor lights—which are predicted to be big in 2021—can look as interesting turned on as they do turned off!
Vintage options, like the tripod light shown above, make for an art piece and light fixture all in one. Choose fixtures that speak to your personality, or complement other features of your room.
Remember to donate or recycle old or broken lighting fixtures (if you live in BC), using our recycling locator. If you have burnt out light bulbs and live in Manitoba, Quebec or PEI, don’t forget to recycle them too! Click your province to see the full list of what’s accepted for recycling there.