Felt Light Fixtures Take the Spotlight

3 Reasons Why We’re Loving This Trend

By Megan Johansson

Felt isn’t just for kid-friendly art projects anymore. This material is popping up everywhere on light fixtures, and we’ve got to say, we’re big fans.

The soft texture adds a sense of warmth to any space, and that paired with its sleek form and clean lines makes this style an instant winner. If you’re looking to add a fixture that’s unique but still adheres to a modern and contemporary style, this is definitely the type of light for you. Why stick to the same old fixtures everyone has been using for years when you can jump at the chance to add some unexpected texture instead?

 These felt lamps have magnetic shades, making them versatile for different spots in the house or office /  Source

These felt lamps have magnetic shades, making them versatile for different spots in the house or office / Source

Here’s why we love felt fixtures:

1. They absorb and dampen sound.

Ideal for spaces where noise can sometimes be an issue (think restaurants, dining rooms, offices, or conference rooms), these fixtures help to soften the acoustics in a natural and understated way. Adding a felt fixture intentionally to certain areas can make the ambience feel calm and relaxed (and of course, styled).

  Red stitching on this BuzziShade felt fixture adds a color pop and helps to connect to the bold dining table /  Source

Red stitching on this BuzziShade felt fixture adds a color pop and helps to connect to the bold dining table / Source

2. They bring an aesthetic warmth to a room.

Remember how when you were a kid, felt was such an interesting alternative to construction paper? It always added a certain element of plushness to any project. The same goes for felt light fixtures – they immediately soften the space and their texture is pretty inviting.

  This Bola Felt shade is flexible to allow for light focus shifts /  Source

This Bola Felt shade is flexible to allow for light focus shifts / Source

3. They are sleek in design.

Using felt on a light fixture is a statement in and of itself, which is why these lights tend to stick to simple colors, shapes, and forms, letting the material take the spotlight. Even when they’re in different shapes than the typical rectangle or cone, they keep to geometric principles, emphasizing clean and clear edges and purposeful angles. Felt fixtures somehow manage to be both the focus of the room, yet simultaneously blend in with the other elements. How amazing is that?!

  The simple grey and yellow colors of these felt fixtures make them ideal room additions either solo or as a mix-and-match combo /  Source

The simple grey and yellow colors of these felt fixtures make them ideal room additions either solo or as a mix-and-match combo / Source

These light fixtures work best when the rest of the room is cohesive and adheres to minimal and modern style. You probably don’t want to plunk down one of these in a traditional space with antiques and classical art lining the walls. But if your space is contemporary and you’re dying to add a fixture with a pop of personality, then you’ll definitely want to check these out.