Farewell, Sputnik Chandeliers—These Are 2018's Hottest Lighting Trends

Lighting Trends 2018
Courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts

A few years ago, we obsessed over sputnik chandeliers. Then, we were inspired by French lighting designers, from Serge Mouille to Jean Prouvé. And let's not forget the brass globes that graced every interior in recent years. Lighting trends may come and go, but they always return—remember when Edison bulbs and industrial lighting were in? These were also a hot commodity around the turn of the last century.

We like to think of lighting the same way we see handbags: We secretly all want the Mark Cross original, but sometimes, our wallet will only allow a Zara box bag while we save up for the real deal. But the splurge is always a sound investment that will keep its value for decades. So whether you're looking to splurge on high-end lighting or just want to update your home with a few budget finds, we mapped out the hottest lighting trends for 2018. Trust us—you're about to see these everywhere.

White Domes

Atollo Glass Table Lamp
Atollo Glass Table Lamp $990

From Vico Magistretti's Atollo lamp to Todd Bracher's Dome lamp, these retro white beauties are popping up on desk corners everywhere.

Metal Dome Table Lamp
Sagebrook Home Metal Dome Table Lamp $157

This version of a white dome lamp is at a price we simply cannot say no to.

Cylinder Pendants

pendant light
Allied Maker Well Pendant $2,200

Forget globes because 2018 is all about the cylinder pendant. Just look at collections by avant-garde studios like Allied Maker and Apparatus.

Striae Ribbed Glass Pendant Light
CB2 Striae Ribbed Glass Pendant Light $149 $126

We're picturing a pair of these ribbed glass cylinder pendants from CB2 flanking a bed in lieu of bedside table lamps. Their art deco look is inspired by antique perfume bottles.

Paper Lanterns

Formakami JH4 Pendant Light
&Tradition Formakami JH4 Pendant Light $289

From oversize Noguchi lanterns to these Formakami pendants, the paper lantern craze we lived through in the '90s is definitely back.

Paper Ceiling Pendant
Room Essentials Paper Ceiling Pendant $17

This more affordable version from Target is quite the throwback.

Alabaster Shades

wall lamp
Allied Maker Ada Alabaster Sconce $1,100

Alabaster produces the most beautiful soft light, and designers and makers are catching on. We love this simple disc alabaster sconce by Allied Maker.

Raw Edge Alabaster Wall Sconce
CB2 Raw Edge Alabaster Wall Sconce $100 $85

CB2 released its own version of alabaster lighting with this raw-edge sconce we think would look fantastic in a bathroom. It takes inspiration from the '70s.

Plaster Pendants

plaster pendant
Alexandre Logé Nuage Hanging Fixture $9,500

Giacometti-esque white plaster lights are in high demand these days, with designers from Alexandre Logé to Boheme Atelier creating them. Expect to see much more of them, like this cloud-shaped option, soon.

plaster pendant
Feiss Annie Plaster White Chandelier $324

Get the look without the price tag with this white plaster traditional chandelier. Its white color gives a new look to a classic shape.

Primitive Shapes

Kalmar Werkstätten Keule 1 Pendant $1,220

This geometric, bell-shaped pendant proves that primitive shapes are back. Its frosted opal glass offers a warm glow.

Grid Black and White Polka Dot Table Lamp
CB2 Grid Black and White Polka Dot Table Lamp $119

This simple earthenware table lamp from CB2 gives us similar primitive vibes. We love its unique square polka dots.

Backlit Discs

disk lamp
Dunn Equinox Sconce $890

Backlit disc sconces provide a soft and beautiful light and lighting designers are loving it. We're seeing a ton of these around.

Eclipse Round LED Wall Sconce
James Bassant Eclipse Round LED Wall Sconce $236 $201

This more affordable version is meant to mimic the solar eclipse. It's minimalistic enough to fit in many spaces.

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