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Going Natural: Lighting Inspired by Nature

There is one design trend that has become nearly ubiquitous and it actually involves taking inspiration from the world around us. Seen all over the Dallas International Lighting Market and High Point Market, lighting with natural inspirations is intriguing because it can be interpreted in so many different ways.

Whether through making a chandelier with wood or using seashells as an integral part of design, the natural trend can take many intriguing and unique forms since there is so much natural inspiration out there to use! Plus, natural parts are sometimes paired with heavy industrial elements like iron or metals for a best-of-both-worlds look that is sure to please and is sometimes referred to as the New Naturals.

Look around you and you may just find the basis for your new favorite piece of functional art. Here’s a closer look at some of the most popular natural elements used in lighting, including in fixtures available for purchase here!


So versatile and available in so many styles, wood can be dressed down, glossed up, used as subtle parts of the fixture’s design or turned into the main element. The Feiss Adan (pictured) combines wood with another natural trend, beads, and pairs those with iron for a slick natural-industrial feel, while their Blaire variety is crafted with lighter medium-aged wood. Cyan Design implements wood in many of their fixtures, including the dramatic Florine.Feiss Adan 2-Light Sconce: Lights Online


Bamboo can be presented as the main component of a fixture, as seen in the Fredrick Ramond Zen collection, which is made from sustainable bamboo and uses LEDs for the light source. Or, bamboo can be used to create some unique textures and illumination patterns, like in the Quoizel Aruba mini pendant, which marries bamboo strands with bronze for a new natural flair. Then sometimes it’s presented in a purer form, such as in the Feiss Denmark pendants and sconces.


Though more commonly associated with chairs and other furniture, rattan can be easily adapted for use in lighting like its cousin bamboo. Rattan is twisted into intricate swirling patterns on the shades of the Uttermost Naturals Knotted Rattan pendants, then glazed gray to complete the look. In Quoizel's Zen collection, rattan is woven tightly like tatami mats in Japan. Corbett Lighting utilizes rattan in its Makati Handmade line (pictured), named for the financial capital of the Philippines.

Corbett Lighting Makati Handmade Sconce: Lights Online


The humble rope can transform into something more when dressed up with chains, jewels and other adornments. The ropes on the Fredrick Ramond Hamlet collection are wrapped in tiny bronze chains and paired with amber crystals to put a new twist on a traditional chandelier design style. The wire of the Landmark Natural Rope mini pendant is intertwined with the rope that forms its main element, giving it an even more unique look. For a more subtle use of rope, try the Uttermost Galeana collection, featuring a small rope detail and dazzling seeded glass.


You know that girl who sold seashells by the seashore? It seemed kind of weird to sell seashells right where you can pick them up for free, right? Well, maybe she was on to something. Using shells as part of lighting fixtures creates a gorgeous, unique shimmer you can’t find anywhere else.

A commonly-used shell for lighting is the capiz shell, also known as the windowpane oyster. Found in the seas of the Southern Hemisphere, and especially abundant in the waters near the Philippines (where there is a province called Capiz), the oyster shells are very transparent. In fact, in Asia they’re often used instead of glass for windowpanes, hence the name windowpane oyster.

This one little shell can be used in so many different ways. The high-end Corbett Lighting Regatta features stained silver leaf and capiz for a showstopping, stunning look, while Corbett’s Dolce line turns capiz shells into the adornment of chandeliers. In the Landmark Capiza collection (pictured), the shells are rounded and dyed to highlight their uniqueness.Landmark Capiza 3-Light Pendant: Lights Online


Beads that aren’t made of crystal are finding use in lighting fixtures as an interesting adornment. The minimalistic Feiss Wattson collection consists of a bare bulb dressed in a coat of beads in red, amber or white. Amber beads also play a huge part in the Corbett Lighting Karma collection of fixtures in many sizes and applications. The beads are like a curtain and light shines through it.


Mica may also go by the name of fool’s gold, but you won’t be a fool if you implement it in your lighting design—it will make your room feel cozy and warm. Quoizel’s Laguna collection, which includes pendants, flush mounts and lamps, is resplendent with mica and copper. Quoizel also has the Mica collection of fixtures, pairing intricate metal patterns with the natural element, and Feiss’ Taylor line also mixes the natural and industrial.

The world around us provides so many different design inspirations, so you’re bound to find exactly what will fit your space perfectly with the natural lighting fixtures from Lights Online.


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Emma Harger - Lights Online

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