by Karen Bates
(last updated July 25, 2014)
Decorating your home can become a very involved process. After all, there are so many potential decorating styles, furnishings, fabrics, and accessories that odds are good that you'll feel overwhelmed with decorating at one time or another.
Having at least some kind of inspiration for your decorating can help spark great ideas. A color, an emotion, a theme, or even an object can help you begin to decide on how to furnish an area.
There are a few truly classic ways of decorating, and one of these ways is using antiques or antique-inspired pieces. Items that are old but kept in good condition can really add a unique and beautiful look to any room, and you will love to see these items in your home.
One of the most beautifully intricate antique pieces you can find is the Victorian lamp. These lamps, if genuine antiques, may use oil to light them and come with very detailed and fragile designs. Of course, you don't have to use an antique oil lamp to enjoy the Victorian look. You can find a huge variety of electric lamps that are designed in the Victorian style.
Most Victorian lamps have some common features that will help you distinguish them from other lamps. Many feature glass with painted designs, or even stained glass. Other characteristics include intricate trim on fabric lampshades and fringe, beads, or other decorations. The lamp stand is often as decorative as the shade itself, and these lamps often look like a work of art on their own.
You can find Victorian lamps in many places. For genuine Victorian lamps, visit an antique store or search online for these pieces. Online auctions are a good place to look, or there are also websites dedicated to the sale of these old lamps. If you simply want the Victorian look in your home and you don't care if you have a genuine lamp, you can find lamps styled after the originals almost anywhere. You can find ceiling lamps, table lamps, floor lamps, or whatever else you might want at many stores.
If you end up with an old Victorian lamp, you will want to be sure it is properly cared for and cleaned. You may need to get it restored if it is damaged, and in this case it is a good idea to have a professional take a look at it.
Victorian lamps can look beautiful in your home, and they certainly add a very unique charm to a room.
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