Illuminating innovation in lighting has got the interior design and homewares worlds very excited - trends for the coming year all appear to begin with the lampshade.

Seen at the Parisian Maison & Objet fair - the biggest such trade show of the year - were several quirky lighting options, reports. These included sustainable chandeliers made from vegetables; eco-lamps made from bamboo powder, peanut shells and recycled materials and animal-shaped models.

While not everyone wants a dog-shaped lamp in their lounge, the emphasis is certainly on the unusual, urging people to make a statement with their lighting.

At the recent Home Show, large lampshades stood out and particularly impressed Theo Williams, design head at John Lewis. Deciding to stock a range of large, simple but statement lamps across the chain, homeowners will be able to create the same look in their own home.

Williams told "Designs like this surpass seasonal trends and remain long term." 

Those who prefer the 'shabby chic' look might want to try their hand at making handmade lamps, that is, constructing their own lampshade around an existing frame. Interior design journalist, Bridget A. Otto described via how she transformed a plain, ugly lampshade into something on trend and eye-catching. Otto used a length of jute ribbon and wrapped it around the old shade, giving it an almost threadbare feel, one that fit perfectly with her Bohemian decor. It simply took ribbon, glue and patience to create the ideal lampshade.