This IKEA lighting staple is making a comeback – but with a new, bespoke twist

We can't get enough of it

Bespoke hand-painted paper lanterns hung up in Rixo flagship store
(Image credit: Megan Taylor)

Trend experts at Etsy reveal the most sought-after trends that shoppers are embracing – and there's a particular lighting trend coming back that's famously made the rounds in many homes, but in a new and reimagined form that we can't get enough of.

Paper lighting trend

'Shoppers have long been embracing paper lighting of all shapes and sizes – a time-honoured style that dates back to ancient China – thanks to their unique ability to diffuse light, providing a soft and warm glow that creates an inviting atmosphere,' says Dayna Isom Johnson, trend expert at Etsy.

There has been an 85% increase in searches on Etsy for hanging paper lanterns, a 61% increase for rice paper lighting, and a 24% increase for paper floor lamps.

'These playful yet sophisticated pieces can create a magical ambience whether used as a statement piece or clustered together to create a larger display.'

IKEA REGOLIT pendant lampshade hung in neutral living room

(Image credit: IKEA)

When it comes to configuring a quick yet cosy living room lighting idea, there's a go-to solution available at our favourite flat-pack staple retailer – IKEA's REGOLIT pendant lamp shade, otherwise known as the fan-favourite paper lampshade that many homes know all too well.

Not to mention its frequency within student flats (believe me, I had this lampshade in two out of three of the flats I lived in while I was at university). However, I suppose that's a testament to its timelessness and accessibility as a bedroom lighting idea. At £2 a piece, how can you say no?

IKEA REGOLIT pendant lamp shade in neutral bedroom

(Image credit: IKEA)

However, we've recently come across a new way to reimagine the classic paper lampshade to give it a bespoke twist and a touch of personality – and we think it's a great budget decorating idea to give your home a mood-boosting makeover this Spring.

Hermione and Ellie Gee, founders of Hum London, create hand-painted lampshades, and one of their most recent projects was creating bespoke paper lanterns for vintage clothing store RIXO's new flagship store, as seen on an Instagram post.

Bespoke hand-painted paper lanterns hung up in Rixo flagship store

(Image credit: Megan Taylor)

'Recently we were commissioned to paint some Matisse-inspired lanterns by Cúpla Studio, for RIXO's new flagship store,' says Hermione.

'I normally paint cotton or card lampshades, so I really enjoyed the larger scale of the lanterns, and the fact that they can provide a focal point in the room. I also love how the rice paper glows from the inside, adding another dimension to the lanterns when the light is on.'

Bespoke hand-painted rice paper lampshade by Hum London

(Image credit: Hum London / Hermione Gee)

This little DIY painting project is a refreshing take on this classic lampshade silhouette. We have to admit that we're pretty tempted to try it ourselves to give our homes a pop of colour for the warmer season.

Jullia Joson
Junior Writer

Jullia Joson is Ideal Home’s Junior Writer. She’s always loved all things homes and interiors, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Nottingham in 2022. Previously, she was an Intern Editor for ArchDaily. Now focused on news stories, Jullia can be found down the TikTok and Pinterest rabbit hole scrolling through any new and upcoming trends, hacks, and home inspiration.