Antique statement lighting has always had its charm, but right now, it’s having a moment. As I mentioned in my recent interview, this style is currently trending, and we can thank Edison bulbs for its reemergence. Beyond Edison bulbs, there are so many wonderful antique and vintage options to choose from.
Adding antique statement lighting to your home can add character to your space in an unexpected way. You can find one-of-a-kind pieces that will truly make your space unique. Pieces that have rare and interesting details not common in modern pieces today. This can include features like cast iron, amber glass, globe shades, beveled glass, and other beautiful vintage details.
Travel back in time with me to discover the styles of past decades that are popular once again. We will journey from the Victorian era to the mid-twentieth century. No matter what style you are going for in your home, there is likely to be a vintage or antique statement lighting fixture to match it.
Antique & Vintage Inspired Lighting
The Victorian style originated during the mid to late 1800s. Its opulence reflected the culture at the time, and one of its signature characteristics is an abundance of large patterns, most of which were nature-themed. Other variations of this style are Eastlake, Aesthetic, Rococo, and Empire. Some characteristics of this style are ornamentation and detail.
This Victorian chandelier would look great above the dining table, and you can buy it here.
The Classical Revival style was popular from the 1800s to the 1930s. Like the Victorian style, the Classic Revival style is known for its details. It often includes motifs like the acanthus leaf, Greek key, and ogee and wave patterns. This style was often found in public buildings and formal homes. It serves as a great focal point in homes today.
Exposed bulbs, as pictured above, are a common feature of many antiques. I love the warm glow that these bulbs bring to a room. You can buy this Classical Revival piece here.
The Romance Revival style was prevalent between the 1920s and 1930s. It originated during the birth of Hollywood. Its design is elaborate and ornate. Common design elements include crystal drops, shields, cast medallions, and stamped-metal botanical patterns. This brass number below is perfect for an old soul.
For a more minimal look, Mid-century Modern and Art Deco pieces are great options to make a statement. They are amongst some of the most popular styles today.
The Art Deco style originated in the 1920s. Art Deco lighting is great for a minimal space since this style offers a “streamlined” look. It’s distinguished by simple and clean shapes. As noted in Britannica, the original intention behind Art Deco was to create a sleek and anti-traditional elegance that symbolized wealth and sophistication.
I love how elegant and graceful this Art Deco style pendant is. You can buy it here.
In the mid-twentieth century, the Mid-Century Modern style emerged. Advancements in mass production and new materials spearheaded this style. Designers became more experimental with shape, function, and color. This lead to many iconic designs that are still treasured today. Mid-Century Modern designers incorporated intense colors, organic silhouettes, seductive curves, and bold geometric shapes. A Mid-Century Modern statement light can add a nice retro feel to your space.
The popular Sputnik style was born in this era inspired by the first satellite to orbit the earth in 1957. Below is a great example of Sputnik style chandelier.
I also love the alternative Mid-Century modern piece below. It comes in various colors and is a funky and fresh way to add a retro vibe to a modern space.
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Light Up Your Home
As you can see, there are many great antique and vintage options aside from the very trendy Edison bulbs. I hope this post inspires you to try out an antique statement lighting fixture in your home.