Being the editor that I am, I meticulously mood-boarded how I envisioned each room to be before moving into my new apartment. From bright, colorful Scandi style and the neutral Japandi aesthetic to futurist mid-century modern, I'm a fan of it all. Throughout my intense Pinterest and interior design catalog binge, the importance of distinctive light fixtures in setting up my space wasn't lost on me. Cool lamps were definitely a defining feature that I noticed among my favorite go-to IG accounts for home décor inspiration.
A stylish light fixture helps to add flair and set the aesthetic tone for a room in a way that a bulky piece of furniture can't. Think of it as another layer to make your décor dreams come to life.
Like anything when it comes to design, a few lamp styles stand out amid the rest as big trends we can expect to see more of this season. By now, you're probably already familiar with a few of the ones floating on social media, counting mushroom glass lamps and futuristic, space-age lights among them. There are a few other surprising picks here, too, so get cozy and keep reading to see them all.
No surprise here, but mushroom lamps are still in the spotlight. A few years ago, this shape started to gain major momentum on none other than Instagram, with vintage Italian Murano lamps selling out in a matter of seconds among various vintage dealers. Sourcing an authentic vintage mushroom lamp isn't easy and is expensive, which also adds to its enigmatic charm, but you can thank retailers like Urban Outfitters for making the trend more accessible with their collections of glass lamps. Although they won't hold the same resale value, they're equally as captivating.
Bent Out of Shape
One of the coolest design trends to emerge recently is cobra-like bent lamps. They're a little different than the mid-century arched floor lamps we've seen before, in that these feature an S shape that creates a curvy silhouette. Danish Caprani lamps are probably the most known style of the bunch, and they definitely don't come cheap—expect to pay over a grand for one that's in good vintage condition. On the flip side, Ferm Living's Arum lamp is a cheaper alternative.
For years, I swore off paper lantern lamps. I thought they were too boring and cheap looking, but dare I say that my mind has been forever changed after discovering Isamu Noguchi's light sculptures. (I know—I'm late.) The designer totally transformed mulberry bark paper and bamboo into coveted works of art with light fixtures in various whimsical shapes and patterns. Even decades after his passing, Noguchi's influence has ushered in a new wave of paper lamps that are dominating the design scene.
Of course, we had to sprinkle in a little bit of mid-century modern. As it's still a dominant genre of interior decorating, retro-futuristic lamps from this period are hot commodities. Sure, you could buy a Gae Aulenti–designed lamp for a small fortune, but a more affordable way to interpret this trend at home is to check out Etsy. It's a great place to find space-age lamps for much less than what you'll find at a design studio, and there's a great selection. Meanwhile, you can find reproductions of Giancarlo Mattioli's famed Nesso lamp (also a fashion-girl favorite) across a number of online retailers.
Fashion creators like to shake things up, so it's completely expected when an eccentric lamp trend like this one shoots up out of nowhere. If you're looking for something completely unconventional and memorable, these spiral lamps really deliver when it comes to making your space stand out. One of my favorites is artist Oscar Piccolo's squiggly lamp. Since it debuted a few years ago, it has quickly gained cult status and is almost always sold out.
Here's a bubbling trend I predict will only get bigger from now: funky, hand-sculpted ceramic lamps. This aesthetic welcomes the imperfect forms of handworked materials and feels earthy yet sophisticated. Think objects with unusual shapes or unique curves and dents that look organic. If you're into Japandi-style or rustic-looking interiors, this is the lamp trend for you.