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

 A selection of paper lighting.
A selection of paper lighting.

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.

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Noguchi Style Lamp
Noguchi Style Lamp

Noguchi Style Lamp

Was $89.99, now $84.99 at Amazon

This lamp has a sleek exterior and clean lines that give a Japandi aesthetic to any room. It provides soothing white light for a zen-like environment.

Large Paper Lantern Pendant Light
Large Paper Lantern Pendant Light

Large Paper Lantern Pendant Light

$69 at Urban Outfitters

This style by Urban Outfitters offers a pendant look with colored paper for a warm glow. This design would look wonderful in a living room or bedroom to really soften the space.

Pleated Paper Table Lamp
Pleated Paper Table Lamp

Pleated Paper Table Lamp

Was $56.99, now $28.99 at H&M Home

The Pleated Paper Table Lamp from H&M has an origami-style look to it, and is available in a bunch of hues to fit your design scheme.

Open Weave Pendant
Open Weave Pendant

Open Weave Pendant

Was $299, now $239.20 at West Elm

The peek-a-boo shades on this paper (inspired) lantern allow for light to diffuse effortlessly. However, the light is actually made of metal so far more durable.

Lugar One-Light White LED Single Pendant
Lugar One-Light White LED Single Pendant

Lugar One-Light White LED Single Pendant

Was $393.25, now $263.99 at Wayfair

With a built-in LED light and weight of 15 pounds, this lamp is the simplest, most versatile way to bring the paper lighting trend into your home. It comes fully assembled, too.

Jeanne Fluted White Porcelain Dome Pendant Light
Jeanne Fluted White Porcelain Dome Pendant Light

Jeanne Fluted White Porcelain Dome Pendant Light

$299 at CB2

Another paper-esque lamp that actually not made of paper... This delicate lamp is made of paper-thin porcelain, which makes it a little fragile while assembling, but the end result is well worth it. The almost translucent exterior is an elegant fixture in any home.

Arturesthome Japanese Simple Wabi-Sabi Ball Chandelier Inspired Paper Hanging Lamp
Arturesthome Japanese Simple Wabi-Sabi Ball Chandelier Inspired Paper Hanging Lamp

Arturesthome Japanese Simple Wabi-Sabi Ball Chandelier Inspired Paper Hanging Lamp

$89.99 at Walmart

A dome chandelier is always a good idea, and this one, available in five sizes and with a simple hand-woven exterior, would look stunning in an all-white bedroom.

Large Ceiling Lamp
Large Ceiling Lamp

Large Ceiling Lamp

$129 at Zara Home

This unique lamp uses a crumpled paper design in order to create a leaf-like exterior that allows the light to subtly shine underneath.

Lia Pendant Light With Shade
Lia Pendant Light With Shade

Lia Pendant Light With Shade

$369 at Crate & Barrel

Layers of ivory faux silk shades allow for a butterfly wing flutter shape, while many slender folds suspended in mid-air give the light a dynamic look.


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.