Lighting Trends We’re Seeing In Luxury Homes In 2021

Lighting is an essential design element of any home. Lighting can not only be decorative; in some cases, it also must be practical. After all, extra light is a must if your home lacks sources of natural light like windows or sky lighting. Fixtures can also be decorative and enhance the architectural stylings of a home.

Are you looking for lighting design inspiration? Here are some of the lighting trends we’re seeing in some of the top luxury homes on the market.

Luxurious Living with Skyline Marina View in Dubai

Arched fixtures draw the eyes upward at this Marina-view residence at Le Pont in Dubai. (Driven Properties)

Lighting Fixtures That Make A Statement

Statement lighting fixtures are here to stay because no matter what kind of space you have, it can always be enhanced by a bold statement fixture. Not only do they provide light, but they also win points for being a major decorative element.

There are so many different types of statement lighting fixtures available. The arch-shaped fixture in the dining area of the eat-in kitchen at this stunning property in Dubai is a perfect example of how these types of fixtures elevate a space. With a clean, modern look, the upside-down u-shaped pieces are anything but boring. Yet, they don’t detract from the multi-million dollar view.

one palm jumeirah luxury penthouse in dubai

The living room of this Dubai penthouse, designed by New York-based architectural firm SOMA Architects and avant-garde Japanese interior designer Super Potato, is enhanced by a sculptural light fixture. (Driven Properties)

A living room is also an ideal spot to install a statement lighting fixture. Designed by New York-based architectural firm SOMA Architects and avant-garde Japanese interior designer Super Potato, the lighting fixture in the living room at this One Palm Jumeirah property features a jaw-dropping flower and branch inspired fixture. It gives this sitting area a unique, contemporary look.

recessed lighting in the living room of a beverly hills luxury home

Recessed lighting pairs with vaulted ceilings in this $8.95-million Beverly Hills home. (Hilton & Hyland)

Go Subtle With Recessed Lighting

Sometimes known as high-hat lighting, recessed lights are the complete opposite of a statement fixture. This type of lighting is more subtle than decorative. In other words, it gets the job done. Still, it has its advantages. It’s particularly useful in rooms where you need a little extra light or smaller spaces where larger fixtures would look overly intrusive.

This residence on Lago Vista Drive in Beverly Hills uses recessed lighting in many of the rooms. Because this property has beautiful, vaulted ceilings, a different type of lighting might detract from the overall aesthetic of this architectural feature. 

modern sconces in a william hefner designed beverly hills home

Modern sconces add a luxurious touch to this William Hefner-designed home in the Trousdale section of Beverly Hills. (Hilton & Hyland)

Sconce Convenience

Sconces are seemingly everywhere lately, and it’s for a good reason. This type of lighting is convenient, attractive, and works just about everywhere. The various sconces throughout this William Hefner-designed home in the Trousdale section of Beverly Hills add a stylish modern touch. The hallway sconces, in particular, enhance the mirrored hallway. 

On the other hand, sconces in the bedroom provide convenience for anyone reading in bed or someone who simply wants a lower level of lighting during the evening hours.

outdoor sconces light a patio at a luxury home in la jolla

Outdoor sconces blend beautifully with the Spanish design of this La Jolla home. (Willis Allen Real Estate)

Take Sconces Outdoors

Scones aren’t just for the indoors. Sconces can also provide a stylish touch to any outdoor space, whether it’s a balcony of a condo or a larger home like this Spanish-style villa in La Jolla. The neutral sconces enhance the outdoor dining space in the lush backyard as well as make it easier to see at night. 

modern farmhouse kitchen inside 127 N Bowling Green Way

Pendant lighting can be used to make a statement, much like it does in the kitchen of this Cape Cod-inspired Brentwood home. (Hilton & Hyland)

Pendant Lighting To Enhance The Kitchen

If you are looking for decorative lighting that’s also functional, it’s impossible to go wrong with pendant lighting, especially in the kitchen. This Cape Cod traditional home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles features three matching pendants over the island. This type of lighting helps facilitate easier meal preparation and adds a pop of texture in this space specifically. Better yet, it compliments the window treatments.  

flush mount lighting in a dubai villa for sale

This four-bedroom villa at Balqis Residences at Palm Jumeirah has metal flush mounts in the living room. (Driven Properties)

Flush Mount Light Fixtures

Flush mount lighting is simple and almost minimalist, but it’s hard to go wrong with these types of fixtures when done right. This four-bedroom villa at Balqis Residences at Palm Jumeirah has metal flush mounts in the living room. These fixtures truly attract the eye to the trayed ceiling without detracting from the elegant simplicity and views of the property. 

classic chandelier in a lyon, france, apartment

Chandeliers are a classic, elegant choice that never go out of style. This crystal chandelier is the perfect complement to the high ceilings and millwork at this Lyon, France, apartment.

Go Classic With Chandeliers

Chandeliers are a classic choice that won’t be out of style any time soon. They’re the perfect way to add style to most rooms, from living rooms to dining rooms, bedrooms, and even powder rooms. The crystal chandelier at this magnificent apartment in Lyon, France, is the perfect example of this. It adds a dose of bright lighting to the living room and enhances the sophisticated architectural details of the property, including the moldings and fireplace.

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I am a writer, design expert, host of the podcast Bougie Adjacent, and comedic performer. I am absolutely fascinated by all aspects of décor and design. It once took me six months to choose a soap dispenser and I can’t even remember what it looked like. I like bright prints, southern exposure and any location you can call a “village or town.” There are currently over 100 episodes of House Hunters on my DVR.