Trends - The Latest in Lighting

Bloomingdales blog Trends - The Latest in Lighting

Following the inspirational Spring High Point Market, and spending time with leading American Interior Designer Erinn Valencich (see interview below) – we’ve crystallised the following interior design trends.


Hand-forged, brushed, beaten, rubbed, rough and weathered surfaces present a bold new design style. Raw and textured and with deliberate imperfections - adds individuality and an artisanal finish. We see this in metals, natural materials like chunky quartz and marble, and even glass.

Mixing metals

The mixed metal trend combines two or more types of metals and finishes, with fusions like bronze and brass, brass or shiny nickel with black metal, timbers and metals and even a mix of silver and gold foil. Extending the Brutalised trend, metal work can be beaten or stippled, burnished or polished, with rich and varied tones producing glowing combinations. We’re seeing metal shades in abundance.


Attention to detail is easy to see amongst leading designers and brands.

Our favourites include:

Aerin Lauder pendant lights in blown glass, with myriads of delicate tiny bubbles. Kelly Wearstler - Precision pendants with finely perforated metals that diffuse and reflect light. Martyn Bullard’s sensational chandeliers, pendants, and sconces featuring a variety of metals like bronze, copper and brass, along with rattan, Venetian glass, and acacia wood. Hammerton American Crafted Lighting’s brilliantly conceived and executed glass and metal pendants. Theodore Alexander’s sublime detailing across the range. This applies to both lighting as well as the furniture collection. Fine Art Lamps dazzling nature-inspired gold leafed pendants, with modern branches adorned with bold, hand-cut faceted crystal leaves.

Lighting as art & sculpture - the vase that is a lamp.

Bold forms, strong shapes and the use of negative space continues to push the boundaries of this trend. The Visual Comfort range is absolutely stand out, as is Fine Arts Lamps’ grand, contemporary creations in silver, gold and crystal, which make a stunning impact.

Natural materials

Rattan, seagrass and hand-woven techniques produce beautiful natural textures in pendants, table and floor lamps. Martyn Bullard’s rattan and stainless-steel pendants are on-trend, infusing industrial shapes with flavours of the tropics.

Return to Beverly Hills

It’s old Hollywood, glamorous but not gauche. Bel Air brass palms and trumpets are back and swaying with style.

Playful and winsome

From games tables and drinks trolleys, to weird and wonderful lampshade designs – there’s something for everyone. Hard work becomes fun, especially with morning martinis and afternoon tea doughnuts.