Paper lighting is my new favorite way to add a soft glow to any room – here are 9 best picks

Paper lighting is a Japanese-inspired design trend that’s taking over. Here are my favorite pieces that’ll let you incorporate it into your home

A selection of paper lighting
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While I’m all for bold lighting and contemporary designs that make a statement, most recently, I’ve been invested in the trend of paper lights. I’ve recently started seeing these design pieces everywhere, from restaurants to lobby bars, and I can completely understand why they’re so popular. Not only do they bring a sense of serenity to the space, but this is a lighting trend that makes a statement without being too dramatic.

‘Paper lighting represents minimalism and simplicity, both trending concepts in design,’ elaborates New York-based interior designer Brad Ford. ‘Originating from Japanese culture, paper lighting truly brings a natural illumination to a room without being the full focus of the design. The ability to play with the geometric shapes of paper lighting allows for more diversity when it comes to lighting, and due to the different designs, shapes, and sizes, it has become a popular trend because of the ease with which you can incorporate it everywhere.’

So with their versatility in mind, I’ve found options for all kinds of styles, and these choices come in all sorts of various price points and colors too. 

Paper lighting lifestyle image

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Paper lighting offers a simple, yet artistic way to add a soft glow to your space, especially if you’re looking for a more minimal look. The textures and intricate shapes in the design stand out even more against the neutral materials, and they truly are huge statement pieces despite not being maximalist in style. For a wabi sabi-like trend, definitely consider adding paper lighting to your home.

Nikhita Mahtani
Style Editor

Nikhita is the Style Editor for Homes & Gardens, making sure our home-savvy readers are always aware of the latest trends and deepening their knowledge of classic design. Nikhita graduated with her Master of Arts in Magazine Journalism from New York University, and has spent a decade in interior design and shopping roles at shelter publications ELLE DECOR and Domino Magazine.