From glittering chandeliers to drop-dead gorgeous pendant light shades, customizable LED’s, or regal standing floor lamps, the lighting game keeps getting stronger and stronger and Home Club ME is about to throw a whole lot of shade to the ways of the old, shining a light on 2021’s brightest interior lighting trends available in the UAE with the woman in the know, Lisa Sicre – founder of Lampshades Dubai, our newest Home Club ME expert contributor.
For years, lighting has taken a backseat in the interior design of both home and office spaces. Few people take the time to weigh out the pros and cons between table lamps, floor lamps and wall sconces. But lighting can make or break your space! Creating focal points, ambience and reading nooks, knowing where and how to use light is crucial to making your house feel like a home. But what are the design trends of 2021 and how should they play into your lighting purchases?
This year it’s time to break away from the traditional lampshade shape and dive into a distinctive atmosphere of design that explores balance and form.
Soft gold and warm glows have spiked in popularity lately. The luxe soft gold colour that we’re seeing on both outer and inner lamp lighting design is achieved through a mixture of brushed gold and chrome. Its warm matte finish brings out a mature hue with the warmth of gold. Whilst pastel colours such as greys and greige (beige plus grey) are still in high demand, the balance of these soft tones with metals work well within contemporary decor.
This gentle balance between industrial and hygge can still be achieved with the ever-popular LED bulbs, but look for those that offer a warmer and dim glow. If you are worried about having the ability to still see the words in your book for your late night read, the trick is to have separate lit areas using table and floor lamps. This will allow you to switch from a bright surrounding lit room to a soft mood lighting effect.
The old that is new
Perhaps not quite what you would expect to read from an article on interior lighting trends, but wallpaper is one of the hottest new/old looks for 2021 and if you haven’t integrated prints in your home, your lampshades are an excellent way to start. Dig out your cherished grandmother’s lamp or pick up one like it from Dubizzle and transform your living space into an authentic ode to nostalgia to welcome your guests.
Give your home a designer touch with Art Deco
Where mid-century furniture design and Art Deco interiors have been a running trend for quite a few years, their lighting counterparts seemed to have lagged behind in the front-run for home design. But thankfully, 2021 ushers in a more relaxed approach to lighting politics allowing you to grab whatever you want from an era that you might have settled on for your space. Art Deco, with its strong geometric lines and playfulness, can be used to reinforce an artful interior look. Break-away from expectations and combine smooth and hammered metalwork using the bronze and soft golds of mid-century lighting. Mixing styles, materials and finishes can help to create your own masterpiece.
Bigger is Better – Brighter
Gone are the days with tiny sleek spotlights hovering over your kitchen counter. Today, it’s all about creating a “wow” factor, even in your kitchen. Using large lighting fixtures in a central area will create maximum effect and can be balanced with smaller, subtle lighting fixtures around the room. Large pendant lighting fixtures can be used over dining tables, or at the entrance and above your kitchen counter and for best results, go big, very big!
Back to nature
As we transition to a new normal and spend more time at home, our interest in bringing elements of nature from the outside – in increases. This has reflected through crafted lighting features with longevity rather than their cheaper, mass-produced counterpart lights made of plastic. Treating yourself to beautiful bespoke pieces will lift your spirits and improve your home’s atmosphere. Look toward lighting that incorporates the use of natural products such as rattan, raffia and linen fabrics in simple yet eye-catching lighting design to create an exotic yet relaxed and cosy environment throughout.
The over-arching ethos for 2021 lighting trends aims to open the doors to uniqueness in a more frivolous way, no more set-in stone rigidity; it’s all about reflecting you into your home through light. If you like minimal Japanese style with a splash of colour – go for it. If you’ve opted for a modern and minimalist style in your décor but want to ‘wow’ with a bold and signature lampshade – do it! Your home is your playground, your safe space and your sanctuary and how you shine a light on what that looks like for you, is your prerogative. It’s all about being distinctive.
We don’t know about you, but suddenly, staying home seems that much more lighter with such an easy way to completely transform your space with just one piece! Tag us @homeclubme with your lighting inspo’, we’d love to see how you’ve used lighting as a style-feature in your home.