Top 10 Lighting Trends for 2021

Lighting is a key element of any interior design scheme; whatever kind of lighting option you choose can work to bring both functionality and character to a space.

As with every year, 2021 is seeing the rise of various stunning light trends that can be harnessed to fit a range of styles and design aesthetics. Whether you favour industrial loft vibes or prefer a farmhouse chic look, there’s plenty of ways that the right lighting can elevate your interiors even further.

We’ve picked some of the top lighting trends to inspire you to embrace something new and help breathe fresh life into your home!

Retro Vintage Glass Pendants

Here at Industville, we know just how effective statement ceiling lights can be, and this year they’re continuing to make their mark!

Industrial ceiling lights can bring grandeur to any room, drawing in the eye and adding effortless character. There are so many avenues to take within the realm of statement ceiling pendants, depending on your design preference.

Your focal point can be loud and bold, or you can make an equally stylish statement with fittings that exude class and elegance.

glass pendants in a kitchen

Brooklyn Glass Dome Pendant - 12 Inch, £109, by Industville (Image supplied by @charliepea_interior)

Statement Lights

Within the category of statement lights, we are also seeing a rising interest in giant pendants.

Giant pendants can become the focus of any room, functioning as a piece of impressive hanging art that elevates your space. Larger pendants are all about creating an impact, whether you’re looking to make a statement in your hallways, lounges or over kitchen islands!

Giant hanging pendants can help make your room feel more intentionally styled, giving your interiors a richer, more luxurious feel. 

large pendants in an office
Brooklyn Giant Dome Pendant - 24 Inch - Pewter, £139, by Industville (Image supplied by ThirdWay Interiors)

Geometric Shapes

Lights with a geometric shape and design are also becoming more popular. This is a brilliant trend to tap into for those that favour symmetry and prefer their space to have a certain rhythm.

The clean, bold lines that make up geometric lighting designs give a structured look that works especially well for minimalist spaces.
Many lights with an exposed geometric influence also offer an excellent opportunity to show off feature light bulbs.

a geometric light in a kitchen
Handcrafted Wire Cage Pendant - 9 Inch - Cone, £39, by Industville (Image supplied by Fresh Start Living)

Blended Metal Lighting

It is by no means new information that various metals make beautiful light fixtures, but a blend of metals on one piece is starting to become more desirable.

Blending different tones and finishes helps to create lux pieces with a stunning contrast. One popular combination is to have a matte pewter body contrasting against an underside of vibrant copper or brass.

The trend can be utilised in countless ways, with unique variations to suit your space.

We’re also seeing a rising interest in chrome light fixtures - something you can expect to see more of from us in the near future! Chrome is a brilliant choice when choosing statement lights and will complement other metals beautifully! 

three pendants over a kitchen island
Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 13 Inch - Pewter & Copper, £99, by Industville (Image supplied by Bradbury Joinery and Building Service)

Natural Materials

As environmental concerns continue to become more relevant, many of us are making a conscious effort to integrate more sustainable pieces into our homes.

A trend towards natural materials exemplifies the shift away from cheaper plastic pieces that have a short life. Instead, there is a rising preference for natural-look lights that utilise raw metals, bamboo canning or other natural materials.

Many are seeing the benefits of investing in quality, sustainable pieces that will last for years to come!

Large Bulbs

The light bulb is, of course, integral to the functionality of a light, but it can also become an essential part of the design itself.

Large, exposed filament bulbs add further interest and intricacy to an already stunning piece, helping to take your lighting setup to the next level.

The warm glow cast by these kinds of feature light bulbs can effortlessly transform a space, creating the perfect mood.

three large handing light bulbs

Incorporating Colour and Pattern

As general interior design trends this year are leaning towards maximalism and the grandmillennial aesthetic, there is a corresponding trend towards lights that incorporate eclectic colours and patterns. 

Lights and lampshades that embrace this increasingly popular idea that more is better can elevate your home, bringing in new elements of personality that complement other colours and patterns in your space.

Retro Bathroom Lighting

Retro lights have been trendy for years, but we are now starting to see the style making waves in more refined ways.

Retro lights that create a more rustic look are perfect for spaces that are geared towards increasingly popular trends like cottagecore and farmhouse chic. People are looking for style but also comfort, something that warmly-glowing retro lights provide brilliantly.

The retro light trend for 2021 is more focused on a wider variety of rustic-look industrial or retro lights rather than the typical loft aesthetic we have seen in previous years.

vintage lights in a modern bathroom
Brooklyn Outdoor & Bathroom Globe Pendant - Brass, £75, by Industville (Image supplied by @thefamilyfarmhouse_)

Smart Lighting

Smart technology is making its way into all aspects of our homes, and lighting is no different. With smart lighting that’s integrated into your home, there are many new possibilities. This trend allows people to control their home’s lights through a central system and use voice commands.

As smart home technology becomes more accessible, this trend will likely become even more popular, especially combined with modern lighting fixtures to create the perfect contemporary interior

Creative Home Office Lighting

Creating a home office, whether it’s temporary or permanent, is all about making a highly-functional space that also embodies the right kind of atmosphere and working environment.

Good lighting can be instrumental in this endeavour. Whether your home office space is better suited to well-placed wall sconces, desk lamps or hanging pendants, there are plenty of ways to get creative, reflecting personality and style in your lights while they remain incredibly functional.

A well-lit home office
Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 13 Inch - Pewter & Copper, £99 and Brooklyn Dome Wall Light - 8 Inch - Pewter & Copper, £89, by Industville (Image supplied by Sharon O'Pray)


Hopefully, we’ve provided plenty of inspiration here to help you stay on top of the trends in 2021!
We’re always embracing new trends and working on new pieces to elevate your spaces. Make sure to keep an eye out for our new chrome range, designed to help you create stunning, trendy interiors!
For more lighting and interior design ideas, you can head over to our Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages for stunning daily pictures.

Header image credit: Fresh Start Living
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