Trends: Natural Materials in Lighting

2019 has brought us a new natural trend in lighting. We discuss how to get the look for every room of your home and for almost every budget.

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Natural materials are making a huge comeback. Rattan of the 1960’s and 70’s is back in new, modern shapes and new materials like cork and bamboo are popping up in modern light fixtures. This look can be found in sleek, modern styles as well as those that are warm and inviting. Find a piece that is just right for your space.

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Wicker

The Wicker look is back in a big way. Woven patterns in lighting is one of the most common ways you will see the natural look finding its way into modern design.

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These pendants give a modern twist to the standard weave. The top gives a more intricate artistic shape while the bottom option gives you a similar look at a more budget friendly price. They would both make great statement pieces in a living room or over a dining room table.

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These pendants have a more classic shape, but will still draw the eye and provide texture and warmth to your space. The top option uses shape instead of weave to keep it modern while the bottom option is woven, but has a more mid century modern feel to its shape.

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These fixtures would look perfect in a small nook or grouped over a kitchen bar top. The top option provides a great mix between the Rattan and the metal to keep it modern, while the bottom option simplifies the lines with a classic wicker weave.



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Wood

While wood has been a mainstay for furniture, it is creeping into our light fixtures as well. With the invent of modern laser cutting techniques, it is now found in many new shapes and is more affordable than ever. This is a fun way to bring art to your space.

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These are sure to be showstoppers. The top brings modern design and some asymmetry to the mix while the bottom uses a more natural pine cone shape to draw the eye.

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The top example here has the cutout design that is very popular, but still has the classic shape so it’s not too over the top. We love the bottom light, though, for its mix of metal and wood that keeps things fresh. It is also available in a mini pendant here.

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These pendants showcase wood in two different ways. The first is quite literal with an Asian inspired design, while the second adds wood accents to a more industrial looking piece. The first is also available in a single head style here.


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Bamboo

Bamboo has been found in home accessories for awhile, but it is now coming into lighting. It can be used similar to wood or as a more organic feel like wood veneer or paper.

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Here, bamboo goes beyond the bulky look of wood and allows for thinner, more organic styles. The first pendant shows that it can still be used in geometric styles, while the second shows the bamboos flexibility and how you can achieve better flow in your fixture by using this grass.

Large Pendant

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When used in larger fixtures, the warmth and distinctive bamboo pattern emerges. The first pendant uses bamboo to give warmth to a retro shape, while the second has a little fun.

Small Pendant

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These mini pendants show how bamboo can be used both in a more traditional setting as well as more modern. We love how the second pairs the cool Satin Nickel with the warmth of the bamboo making it very versatile. The manufacturer of these have a number of bamboo options and carvings available here.


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Rope

Rope was once relegated to a more rustic space. The prevalence of industrial and farmhouse styles recently have moved this look to the mainstream. You can find this look in a distinctive rope look, or added in more subtle ways to bring in the texture without being over-the-top.

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The first is an example of a modern, sculptural take on this look, while the second can easily be incorporated in a more traditional space. This is a clear example of the different ways this look can be used.

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Either of these fixtures can bring the texture of rope to a modern farmhouse style. While the exposed bulbs are clearly the focal point, the rope keeps them from becoming too industrial.

Small Pendant

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We are seeing more of just knotted rope fixtures today. Especially in the more industrial looking spaces. The second fixture is available in a double light variation here. The first fixture would be perfect in an industrial or more traditional space.


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Other Materials

Cork

Cork is also finding it’s way into our interiors with this trend. This collection also has a pendant light and table lamp available. We love the sleek mid-century shape mixed with the warmth of the cork.

Burlap

Burlap is another way to bring natural fibers into your space. This fixture has the sleek, traditional look, but with burlap for texture. This brand has a whole collection of burlap pieces available here.

Paper

The origami folds of this fixture look very modern and is also a relatively inexpensive way to bring a natural product into your home. This one has a wood print, but it is also available in different colors and textures.


Light fixtures are an easy way to bring a trend into your home. The best part is that they are fairly easy to switch out as tastes change. This allows you to bring a modern update to an existing space or plan for obsolescence when designing a new space. With this, you shouldn’t be afraid to be a little trendy.

Find out more about trends here:

Trends: Statement Tile

Trends: Cabinet Hardware


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