12 Minimalist Lighting Ideas That Will Make Your Space Shine

Updated 04/03/19

We’re seeing industrial lighting everywhere we go from our favorite Sunday brunch spot to our Pinterest boards and it’s heavily inspiring the way we’re illuminating our own homes. Lucky for us (and you) minimalist lighting is having a moment and there's a myriad of structural designs on the web simple enough to integrate into your living space.

There’s something effortlessly charming about this trend in interiors as they become both a functional fixture and sculptural installation. From sconces to brass detailing, and even outdoor fixings that polish your entryway—we’ve collected the 12 minimalist lighting that will give you a serious light bulb moment when it comes to your sacred space.

When searching for a light to complete your home’s ambiance, we encourage you to think outside the usual overhead fix and into options of all heights and sizes. With these lightweight options, you can create a mood without heavy fixtures that are overbearing in a room, and even strategically place a few without adding clutter. Read on to find our top picks and how we would style them.

 

IKEA JAKOBSEN Pen dant Lamp Shade
IKEA JAKOBSEN Pen dant Lamp Shade $25
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IKEA's JAKOBSEN Pendant Light is an ambient statement fixture that blends into your home seamlessly. Its amber hue warms surroundings and makes the perfect addition to a dining space or living room.

IKEA RANARP Floor Lamp with LED Bulb
IKEA RANARP Floor Lamp with LED Bulb $50
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The RANARP floor lamp adds the feel of Scandinavian vintage to your favorite reading chair. Its lightweight build allows it to tuck into a corner or nook nicely while pooling light across the room. The adjustable head makes it the ideal fit for a transitional space that can transform quickly.

Article Crane Brass Table Lamp
Article Crane Brass Table Lamp $99
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The mixture of brass and marble lends an element of elegance to this tabletop lamp. We love that it has the impact of a sculpture that can sit easily on your bedside table, desk, or even within your living room amongst other pieces of contemporary art.

Article Flashcube
Article Flashcube $99
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Speaking of minimal, this cube-shaped light is ideal for those inclined to go industrial. The Flashcube by Article may look like a pricey investment but at $99 we would style it with two mirroring each other in a living room or bedroom.

Lambert & Fils Dot Suspension Pendant
Lambert & Fils Dot Suspension Pendant $435
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This modern suspension pendant has us in awe of its simplistic influence. If your home is intentionally bare bones this is the finishing touch that will brighten the open floor plan and show off your keen eye for style.

West Elm Light Rods LED Chandelier
West Elm Light Rods LED Chandelier $599
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West Elm’s Light Rods LED Chandelier makes us reconsider everything we’ve ever thought about opulent lighting. Creating a similar effect one feels when standing beneath a Calder mobile, this fixture is more art installation with electric wiring. If your home is art focused, look no further.

West Elm Scultpural Glass Faeted Sconce - Small
West Elm Scultpural Glass Faeted Sconce - Small $79
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We envision this versatile faceted sconce on either side of your bathroom mirror to truly brighten busy mornings. The polished brass finish makes it classic yet current. At the price of $79, two is definitely better than one. 

World Market Matte Black and Brass 3 Shade Articulating Floor Lamp
World Market Matte Black and Brass 3 Shade Articulating Floor Lamp $199 $119
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Matte black is instantly chic when it comes to interior elements—when it works it really works. We love this piece that mixes metals between brushed brass and the solid black details. A mid-century modern find, if you’re mixing vintage with contemporary this is a great choice for you.

Restoration Hardware 20th C. Factory Filament Clear Glass Barn Pendant
Restoration Hardware 20th C. Factory Filament Clear Glass Barn Pendant $111
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Reproduction of 1920s’ fixtures, this glass barn pendant from Restoration Hardware instantly adds a rustic feel. Hang it above your dining room table to instantly transport guests to another time and place. The lucite canopy allows it to be a visual focus without taking up too much weight in the room.

CB2 Ceci Thomspon Warner Table Lamp
CB2 Ceci Thomspon Warner Table Lamp $159 $135
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CB2 calls this piece by Ceci Thompson “brilliant in its minimalism" and we could not agree more. The brushed bronze makes it an instant classic while the shape appears statuette on a side table or credenza.

Mermelada Estudio Plate Matte Black Wall Sconce
Mermelada Estudio Plate Matte Black Wall Sconce $59 $47
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Good lighting isn’t just for inside—it's common practice amongst Feng Shui followers to be very conscious about the lighting on the facade of your front door. It’s the first thing that welcomes visitors to your home after all. This stunning matte black wall sconce adds a sophisticated reception at your doorstep.

CB2 Largo Speckled White Ceramic Table Lamp
CB2 Largo Speckled White Ceramic Table Lamp $149
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We didn't even realize how much we needed white terra-cotta in our lives until the Largo table lamp. While within the minimalist parameters (simple, structured, clean) this textured piece adds visual intrigue to any surface. 

IKEA Regolit Paper Lamp Shade
IKEA Regolit Paper Lamp Shade $5
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If you loved a pared-back aesthetic, don't go past the classic round paper pendant. This lamp shade is chic yet understated, cool and effortless. It makes a statement without being overbearing—it's probably why all the cool girls are losing it over this style.

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