Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for your smart lighting

Not sure how to lay out your triangle panels? We have some suggestions

Nanoleaf design inspiration for beginners
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Setting up your Nanoleaf smart lights isn't all fun and games - and picking the best design for your room can be tough if you're new to the idea. Once it's stuck on, you don't want to have to reposition them with more sticky tabs.

You may want to follow the outline edge of your TV, fill up a thin strip of wall or make the lights the centerpiece of a room, with a design sprawling onto the ceiling using Nanoleaf's Flex Linkers. Whatever you have in mind for your triangular Nanoleaf panels, we've got design ideas and inspiration for you to explore.

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And once you have a bit of an idea of the kind of designs you can create, there's even the in-app layout assistant to experiment further. Check out the 10 we've created down below. And stay tuned for similar designs with the square Nanoleaf Canvas.

Best Nanoleaf light panel designs

The standard Nanoleaf light panels come initially as a pack of nine panels, with expansion sets coming as a pack of three panels, 15 panels or a whopping 30 panels. That gives you plenty of scope to design whatever you want, providing you're willing to make the investment. And, remember, even though you can't have designs wrap around walls in the layout assistant, using Nanoleaf's flexible linkers will allow them to bend onto ceilings and the like.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

The triangle

The Nanoleaf panels themselves are triangles, so why not extend the picture and turn your kit of nine into one big pyramid? This one is simple, but it could be just what you need if you're looking for a block of light in your room - or, you happen to be a big fan of Zelda.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

Snake

There's plenty of ways to do this, and picking a snake-like design is perhaps the easiest way to make use of the flexible linkers and spread your lighting onto the ceiling or around an edge of wall. The great thing about snaking your panels in a line is that you don't need many to get started, and adding over time is much simpler to keep coherent than with a block shape.

Amazon: Nanoleaf Flex Linkers
Amazon: Nanoleaf Flex Linkers

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

Miscellaneous #1

Hey, they can't all make sense, can they? Since many people will stick with the nine panels that come with the starter kit and still want to get creative, this is a design that spreads the light into two triangular shapes with an extra panel sticking out on the side. Simple and neat.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

TV wrap

One of the best areas to place your lights is around your TV. Since light is already coming out from the TV, the panels' light isn't as jarring to have in the background. And if you match it to the TV's rectangular shape, it can look even smarter.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

The claw

Maybe you see a claw, maybe you see a dinosaur's footprint or maybe you just want an 'M' shape on your bedroom wall - either way, it's possible with the starter kit and an extra panel. Plus, if you decide to add an extra four panels over time, you can add them to the bottom row and transform this into a mountain shape with two peaks at the top. Versatile.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

Eyes

If you pick up an extra panel to your 9-panel starter pack, you're able to combine them to create two hexagons. The result may look a bit like a pair of eyes stuck to your wall, but this is a neat way to get a clear block of light in a given room.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

Diamond

If you have a thin space of wall you want to fill, but you don't fancy a snaking design, you only need eight panels to create a diamond shape. It may not be the most adventurous design, but remember you can turn this on its side and also wrap it around a corner to make it a bit more lively.


Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

Two diamonds

If you don't mind dishing out the cash, you can create a diagonal wall of light with this 16-panel design. It's a little tricky, since this means buying two extra 3-pack expansions and then a singular panel, but the result makes for a great centerpiece.

Amazon: Nanoleaf Expansion Pack
Amazon: Nanoleaf Expansion Pack

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

The star

The natural shape of the panels allow you to quickly and easily link together a star shape, though you will need the expansion pack featuring three panels to pull this one off. If you do, just be aware that this also looks like super stars from the Mario series, or, you know, a sheriff's badge.

Best Nanoleaf designs: Ideas and inspiration for you smart lighting

Miscellaneous #2

A great design for those who just want to stick to their starter kit of nine panels, this works for thin spaces and still manages to spread the light out. Why not place this on one side of your TV and line it up with a flipped version on the other side?


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