The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to refresh your home or business with new lighting. With the right light fixture or system, your space can look brand-new and feel brighter, more modern or even more cozy.
The lighting industry is always changing, and there are several trends that are currently in style. These hottest lighting trends of 2023 will be great to incorporate into your next remodel or design project.
Lighting made from natural materials has been popular for a while but it’s continuing to grow in popularity. We’re seeing more light fixtures that incorporate natural materials like bamboo, jute, twine, wood beads and seagrass. In addition, there’s more nature-inspired shapes like leaves and branches in pendants and chandeliers. For example, the Soren Globe from Pinch is constructed of repurposed banana skins and is finished with bronze.
Whether you’re a purist or want to add a whimsical touch, this trend is for you. Light fixtures that are designed to be works of art are appearing at all lighting retailers. The sconces at CB2 are an example of this with their organic shapes and sculptural designs. You’ll also see this in other artisanal lights, such as the brass Rony picture light from Pottery Barn, which is reminiscent of an old-world or traditional silhouette.
Another top lighting trend is the return of wall sconces, which are taking the place of floor lamps in many homes. They’re a stylish way to add task lighting and free up table or desk space. Plus, they’re perfect for highlighting artwork or books on shelves. This sconce from Joss & Main is a sleek take on this classic style with its slender base and rotund cap.
Outdoor lighting is a major trend this year and bollard lights are a hot item. These small fixtures are great for illuminating pathways and driveways, and they’re available in a variety of styles and finishes to match your home’s exterior. In addition, bollard lights are often equipped with smart technology so they can be controlled via a smartphone app or voice commands using virtual assistants.
A Longing for the Past
We’ve seen a resurgence of interest in vintage and antique-inspired styles, including lighting. The combination of warm blacks with heritage or vintage brass has become a winning formula and will continue to be a big seller. We’re also seeing midcentury modern styles evolve to have softer lines. In particular, the sputnik shapes that were so popular are fading out in favor of a more organic or geometric silhouette.