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Antique and Vintage Lamps – Light to Live By

Antique and vintage lamps can provide a beautiful finishing touch to your interior designs. There is something timeless about these wonderful lighting options that ensure they bring a touch of class to any room. It doesn’t matter if your style is ultra-modern or comfortable farmhouse chic, there will be a stunning antique lamp out there for you.

What are the Difference between Antique and Vintage Lamps?

There are many different types of antique lamps and these can be from a wide range of style periods. Technically the lamp needs to be over around 100 years old for it to be classed as antique. However you will find a number of lamps that are referred to as ‘antique’ in style but may not have actually achieved the right age.

Vintage is a word that is used a lot in interior design. Technically for a lamp to be vintage it does need to be between 40 to 100 years old, anything newer than this will still be in ‘used’ or ‘second hand’ condition. Anything older will be antique. However it is difficult to truly pinpoint when a lamp becomes vintage or antique. This means you will see some crossover pieces that do not fall easily into either category.

The age of lamps can have a direct influence on the price tag so it is important that you have done your research and know what to look for. When in doubt seek further help from an expert and only use reputable suppliers when shopping for antiques of any kind.

Choosing the Right Lighting

A key part of any interior design project is the lighting. Without the right type of lighting all the effort you have taken to select the right fabrics and furnishings will be wasted. It is the lighting the sets off your interior design and creates the final decorative finish.

Therefore when you are choosing antique or vintage lamps you must not only consider how they look but also how they will light the room. Decorative lighting is a type of art and you will need a good eye for detail when you are out shopping. If bright intense light is required then antique lamps will probably not be suitable. These tend to be used for softer, more ambient lighting. Here are three key things to consider when choosing the right lamp light for your room:

1. Location – You will need the right space to display antique lamps properly so that they look good and provide effective illumination. For example if you are looking at table top designs you will need to make sure there is a suitable table or bureau to place the lamp on. You will also need to know where the plugs are in your room. This will help you to place the lamps carefully so that there are no unsightly wires spoiling your design.

2. Height – the height at which you display lamps can influence the light in the room. Generally the lower the lamp the more discreet and subtle the lighting. This is ideal when you want to create soft, ambient atmospheres. The higher the lamp then the brighter the lighting. You need to combine your antique lamps with ceiling and other lighting options to create the best overall effects for your design.

3. Shades – antique and vintage lamps will have different shades. These will affect the tone and brightness of the light they produce. Make sure you consider which shade options will be best for the overall decorative effect.

Choosing the Right Styles

Another very important aspect of choosing vintage and antique lamps is of course how they look. The modern interior design preference is very much for an eclectic taste which involves mixing and matching styles from different periods. However there is always an underlying theme which will tie all the different looks together and create a harmonious finish.

When you are choosing vintage or antique lamps for your room you do need to keep in mind your main theme. For example you may have chosen a very modern, minimalist look for your room. There are several important design periods that can help you to keep true to your theme but also create a much more stylish and unique look such as:

Atomic Age – vintage lamps from the 1950’s and 60’s are a great choice for an ultra-modern look. Designers from this age were just starting to experiment with the sleek lines that could be achieve from new manufacturing methods using glass, chrome and metal. This combined with the futuristic geometric designs creates a very chic modern touch to any room.

Art Deco – this is one of the most distinctive and well-loved design periods of the 20th century. Lamps from this era are just beginning the transition from vintage into antique as the Art Deco period began as early as the 1920’s. These excellent vintage lamps provide classic flowing lines and minimalist design features that will compliment any modern style room.

There are a number of distinctive and highly decorative options available that can compliment different types of rooms. Make sure when you are choosing antique or vintage lamps you consider how the look will compliment your interior design theme. This will help you to achieve a more harmonious and stylish finish.

Antique and vintage lamps can bring a classic element to your interior designs. Choosing the right lamp is about combining looks and functionality. It is important that when you are dealing with antique lamps you get as much expert help as possible. This will ensure you get the best lamp for your needs at the right price.

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What makes contemporary art interesting?

 The most passionate love, a successful career, an intimate friendship, delicious food and money – all these, however wonderful, can sometimes seem insufficient for art-lovers who do not make art a part of their lives. Art can bring enormous added value and pleasure to our lives, through the work and ideas of the artist, in which we can share. In this sense we are dependant on artists; we want somebody to show us films, write music for us, decorate our homes with attractive paintings, shock us with amoral exhibitions and actions. We want people to help make art a natural part of our lives. “Art shouldn’t be something that you go quietly into an art gallery and dip your forelock and say ‘I have to be very quiet, I’m in here amongst the art.’ It’s here, art’s everywhere. It’s how you use your eyes. It’s about the enjoyment of visual things.” – Ken Done, well-known Australian artist and designer of “Done Design” brand.

Art has existed right from the beginning. Art was invented earlier than civilization as we usually define it. And interest in art never fails. Artists always suffer the throes of creation, galleries hunt down new talents, auction houses earn money, youth stands in queues for new exhibitions and connoisseurs of art continue to spend their money. And there are no signs that this process will ever stop. The major reason for this is that art is an integral part of ourselves. All over the world, children take pencils in their hands and start to draw, and no one tells them what and how to draw. They just start doing it.

And perhaps no one can express the other aspect of our continued interest better than the words of prominent American realist painter and printmaker Edward Hopper – “If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Art is a method of communication, to which we turn when we can`t find words but we understand something and have to communicate it, or share it in some way. Art comes to our aid when we are disturbed, worrying or happy, when we are full of emotions, when we feel that we can change the world.

Art is part of our history and a part of how we know our history. It shows the problems, beliefs, values and views of a particular culture at a particular period of time. Art keeps records of our own lives and experiences that will represent our age in the future – our own version of the primitive drawings that prehistoric man created in caves to mark mammoth hunts and other aspects of life at the time.

And of course we love art because it opens a new world for us: incomprehensible and alluring. Sometimes art helps us to escape from day to day routine and problems, and allows us just to sit and relax; sometimes it forces us to think and to change something; sometimes for no particular reason that we are conscious of it makes us smile and dance. And of course, finally, art is a way we dream; a great example is Henri Rousseau who is famous for his fascinating jungle scenes, even though he never saw a jungle. What all of this means, is that art is part of what it means to be human.

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