Cool Girls Everywhere Are Losing It Over This Iconic Décor Trend—It's $5 at IKEA

Updated 09/11/19
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Alexandra Ribar ; DESIGN: Leanne Ford

We never thought we'd say it, but after a seriously steaming hot summer, the MyDomaine team is desperate for a cool change. The thought of warm wooly throws and cozy candlelit nights has us all falling for the new season ahead. And to help cast a warm glow on a moodier season, there's one iconic décor trend all the cool girls are buying up: the paper lantern. It's part of the NYC décor capsule.

The original creator of these handmade paper light sculptures was Isamu Noguchi in 1951, and they've been revered (and copied) ever since. Our home décor editor signaled a resurgence in her fall/winter 2018 trend report, but we've been tracking its rise for a while now. Interior designer and HGTV star Leanne Ford has featured the classic lighting in several homes, including in the dining room of this midcentury modern oasis and as an art installation for the indoor pool of this Pittsburgh home.

But we're now seeing new fabric iterations of the trend in lovely pastel colors and oval shapes. Get ready for more. Besides, after exposed bulbs exploded in popularity with the industrial design boom (sorry, Edison, you're out), we're more than ready for a change. So take your pick from some of our favorites below, including a $5 bargain from IKEA.

IKEA Regolit Pendant Lamp Shade $5
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This has all the texture and design you'd want for just $5. The price and quality can't be beat.

IKEA Solvinden Solar-Powered Pendant Lamp $10
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If you want a pendant lamp with a little more flare, this classic beauty will take you there.

IKEA IKEA Regolit Floor Lamp $13
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For those who are renting and can't install a pendant lamp or just want to light up a dark corner with a soft glow, then this floor lamp will do the trick. It's also powered by LED, so it's energy efficient too.

IKEA Regolit Floor Lamp With LED bulb $60
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This combination of the iconic arc shape with the paper lantern pendant is too pretty for words.

IKEA Solleftea Pendant Lamp Shade $6
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The shape is slightly more squashed and the paper has small holes that really play with the light when it's switched on. It's just as pretty on as it is off.

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IKEA Solleftea Floor Lamp With LED Bulb $25
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Noguchi Akari Lamp $1325
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The original and the best.

Nelson™ Saucer Pendant Lamp
George Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp $395
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George Nelson is another famous designer who created a paper-like fabric for his sculptural lantern lights. According to Design Within Reach, his first Bubble Lamp in 1952 was created by "spinning a skeleton of steel wires on a turntable and shooting it with translucent plastic until it was covered in a smooth, washable film." 

Suki Floor Lantern $83
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Who can resist the soft glow of this pretty floor lantern?

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Nelson™ Cigar Pendant Lamp
George Nelson Cigar Pendant Lamp $395 $295
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If you're not a fan of the round shape, opt for a cigar-shaped pendant like this. They look good when hung in pairs or triplets.

Noguchi Table Lamp $105
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If you're after something out of the ordinary, the original Akari light sculptures are pretty accents on a side table or console.

Lite Source Deion Brushed Nickel Arc Floor Lamp $145
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We love the pretty arched shape of this minimal floor lamp style.

Shigeru Uchida Paper Moon Saucer Table Lamp $120
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We can't resist a light that doubles as an art installation.

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Anderssen & Voll Lantern Pendant Light $295
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If you prefer something petite in size, then Anderson & Voll has several sizes to suit your space. This one is the smallest of the collection and it's perfect for a studio apartment.

Made By Hand Knit-Wit Round Pendant $751
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If you're looking to brighten up your space, then opt for a mauve hue.

&Tradition Formakami Pendant Collection $329
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For a modern twist, opt for these stunning designs by Jaime Hayon with a stained oak trim.

Anderssen & Voll Lantern Table Lamp $400
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For a simplistic take on the paper lantern, opt for this sleek table lamp.

Made By Hand Knit-Wit High Oval Pendant 1186 $1186

We saved the best to last. This soft pink lantern is seriously dreamy.

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