The Essential Lighting Trends for 2020

Published February 26, 2020

This past January, TDN was on the ground for the largest lighting market in the U.S., The Dallas International Lighting Show, to get a firsthand look at the biggest lighting trends for 2020 (and beyond) for our series Design Buzz.

It was our first time at the Dallas lighting show, but our seasoned friends at Currey & Co. served as our tour guides, highlighting some of the biggest and boldest new looks.

Here’s a recap of some of the latest lighting styles we saw in Dallas that are sure to be popping up in homes everywhere this year, plus our favorite on-trend fixtures from Currey & Co. that embody these new and now designs.

Want to know which of these lights would work best in your space? Check out our lighting buying guide.

Lighting Trend 1: Bold Black & White.

What better way to make a statement than high-contrast black-and-white? This timeless but striking combination was applied to everything from contemporary pendant lights, to primitive table lamps, and in applications ranging from graphic color-blocking to modern brushstrokes.

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Currey & Co. Nettle Table Lamp

Lighting Trend 2: Natural Materials.

Bohemian, natural influences continue to influence every aspect of design, including lighting. Light fixtures made entirely from bamboo, rattan, and cane like the Currey & Co. fixtures below, or those with natural fiber inserts and accents are trending in a big way this year.

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Currey & Co. Kingali Sconce
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Currey & Co. Africa Oval Chandelier

Lighting Trend 3: Primitive Style.

Organic, handmade shapes that feel primitive and unrefined are having a moment in all areas of design and lighting is no exception. Lighting bases, particularly for table lamps, look like they’ve been pulled from the pottery wheel or found in a quarry. It’s a trend that’s here to stay, and one that beautifully complements minimalist, contemporary design.

Lighting Trend 4: ’80s Inspired Design.

Just like in the 1960s, the streamlined midcentury modern designs popular over the last decade have once again given way to bolder, larger forms. Eighties and Memphis-inspired light fixtures, like stacked geometric lamp bases, and inflated shapes made a splash at Dallas Market.

Lighting Trend 5: Globe-Style Fixtures.

The popularity of globe fixtures began with the Sputnik pendants of the 2010s, but the look has morphed into something more elegant, sculptural, and unique. But, it’s safe to say that even though globe pendants, sconces, and chandeliers have been trending in lighting design for a few years now, this is one look that only seems to be growing. Currey & Co. introduced a handful of new globe fixtures in their most recent line, and the look was one of the most prominent overall at the Dallas show.

Want more on the latest lighting trends from Currey &Co.? Check out Episode 2 of Design Buzz on TDN.TV.

Or, to learn more about choosing the right lighting for your home, check out our Ultimate Lighting Buying Guide.