The 5 lighting trends that designers say will shine brightly in 2025

These designer-approved lighting trends are stylish and sparkling

Lighting trends are so chic. Here is a kitchen with a blue wallpapered wall with two gold wall sconces, dark blue cabinets with white countertops above with a cheese board and two black vases, and a marble island
(Image credit: Emily Minton Redfield)

Lighting trends for the year are worth knowing if you want your home to dazzle your guests and to be well-lit at the same time.

I've asked interior designers about the lighting trends they're using this year and why they think they're going to be big in 2025. From statement lighting with nostalgic touches to natural and organic materials, there are so many different ones to choose from.

If you've used interior design trends for the year and want to finish off your look with eye-catching decor, reaching for stylish lighting is a fabulous idea.

These lighting styles will work in many rooms in the house, so whether you're looking for small living room trends or small kitchen trends, I've got you covered.

I've also curated highly-rated picks from trusted retailers throughout, in case you want to bring them into your own home.

The prices below were correct at the time of publishing this article. 

1. Playful styles

A dining room with tall burgundy bookshelves, a dark wooden table with gold candles and a vase of flowers on it, six purple chairs around it, and a wall mural with cherry blossoms and a heron bird

(Image credit: Emily Minton Redfield)

Bringing personality into the home is one of the key small space trends for the year, with more people reaching for pieces they love for that dopamine decor effect.

“Unique pieces of lighting are at the forefront of 2024 trends,” explains Andrea Schumacher, interior designer and founder of Andrea Schumacher Interiors.

“For example, colored glass chandeliers are vibrant and eye-catching, perfect for adding a pop of color and elegance to any room,” she says.

You could also go for a cleverly-shaped chandelier, such as the Regina Andrew Coastal Living Ombré Wood Bead Chandelier from Saks.

She also suggests using disco ball-shaped lighting to bring a touch of fun and whimsy, transforming a room into a lively and vibrant space with a retro flair.

This is such a fun idea which I'm going to be replicating, so I've put the Meagoo Disco Ball from Amazon in my basket, which rotates and has 18 LED lights.

2. Natural materials

A living area with a beige couch, a wooden table with books and vases on it, and a white fireplace with vases and frames on top of it and a rattan floor lamp behind it

(Image credit: Katie Fischer GmbH)

Natural materials are everywhere at the moment, with them working for everything from coastal grandmother interiors to wooden kitchen ideas.

“Sustainability and a connection to nature are significant trends in interior design, and lighting is no exception,” says Nina Lichtenstein, principal designer and founder of Nina’s Home Design.

“Fixtures made from natural materials like rattan, wood, bamboo, and linen are becoming increasingly popular,” she says. 

These materials bring warmth and texture into the living room, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

If you want to achieve a similar look to the picture above, the Dovecove Deantrei Rattan Floor Lamp from Wayfair is dimmable and has an antique-style bronze finish.

Or, go for a stone-style floor lamp instead for a more earthy feel, such as the Giulia Floor Lamp from Banana Republic.

3. Gold wall sconces

A kitchen with a blue wallpapered wall with two gold wall sconces, dark blue cabinets with white countertops above with a cheese board and two black vases, and a marble kitchen island

(Image credit: Emily Minton Redfield)

While bold and unique lighting is in vogue, classic wall sconces with a touch of gold continue to hold their ground and are a key lighting trend to look out for. 

“Classic wall sconces remain popular because of their timeless appeal and versatility,” Andrea explains.

“They are perfect for those who prefer a more understated elegance but still want their lighting to make an impact,” she says. 

Not only this, but Andrea says sconces effortlessly blend with various design styles, from traditional to modern, making them a staple in interior design.

4. Midimalism lighting

A kitchen with two gold and glass pendant lights, white paneled cabinets, and a kitchen island with cookbooks and a chopping board on top of it

(Image credit: West Elm)

For those who prefer a sleek, modern aesthetic, midimalism lighting trend fixtures are a perfect choice. 

“Characterized by clean lines, exposed bulbs, and elegant forms, these designs add a little urban sophistication,” Nina explains. 

Make sure to choose metal finishes like black, brass, and copper in order to go for a characterful look that will blend into modern living spaces.

I'm into the Barclay Table Lamp from Pottery Barn, which has a beautiful copper base and has a white linen shade.

5. Layered lighting

A living room with black bookshelves with colorful books, a domed chandelier, a black fireplace, and two wooden desks with black chairs in front and white books on top

(Image credit: Durston Saylor)

Gone are the days of relying on a single overhead fixture — now, interior designers are choosing to bring together multiple lighting trends together at once.

Nina explains, “Layered lighting involves combining various light sources to create a dynamic and versatile living space.”

She adds this approach typically includes ambient lighting which provides overall illumination, task, lighting for activities, and accent lighting or highlighting artwork and decor (such as the Daybetter LED Lighting Strips from Amazon with over 20,000 five-star reviews).

The latest lighting trends all serve as brilliant inspiration, but it’s most important to find ones you resonate with and that match your home’s decor.

“By thoughtfully selecting and layering different types of lighting, you can create a home that’s beautifully illuminated,” Nina finishes by saying.

If your lighting focus is outdoors rather than indoors, patio lighting ideas are perfect for glowing up your backyard.

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.