Louis Comfort Tiffany made the legendary lamps on an artistic whim. His love for art and an eye for eclectic colors drove him on a path to forge Tiffany Studios, a company that not only manufactured lamps, but also produced various kinds of glasses to make the lamps. The intricate patterns of these lamps which exploit myriad colors are truly hypnotic. Coveted by one and all, these antique lamps are enigmatic to the eye. Even after a hundred years, there have been several imitations of Tiffany lamps. With such popular demand, it is obvious that Tiffany lampshades are still used for indoor and outdoor decoration.
Using Antique Tiffany Style Lamps
Tiffany lamps were initially designed to decorate the interiors of homes, hotels and other corporate buildings. Their colorful patterns is what makes them the perfect interior decor item, which can be used to illuminate certain parts of the house. While using antique style Tiffany lamps, you need to consider three types of indoor lighting, which are general lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting. Each of these lighting styles makes a difference to the whole setting and changes the look of the room dramatically. Additionally, all of these lighting styles use different kinds of lighting fixtures, such as chandeliers, pendants, track, recessed, wall sconces, ceiling mounted fixtures, portable lamps, and floor lamps. The opalescent sheen of Tiffany's lamps make the light effect mellow. However, if you pick a Tiffany stained glass lampshade with brighter shades such as yellow, white, teal or shades of pearl, then the light effect can be bright. Since most of the Tiffany lamps use warmer shades such as red, deeper shades of blue and subdued yellows, it is advisable to use these lamps for accent lighting. This kind of lighting focuses on accentuating a specific art decor item such as a statue, painting, or a just a wall or a corner. The emphasized lighting brings out the item that needs to be showcased and the light effect too, which draws the eyes to the source of the light. Recessed or track lampshades are best suited for this kind of lighting. Portable lamps can also be used, if you wish to bring attention to a particular corner only.
Lighting your outdoors with Tiffany lamps is the perfect way to add a little touch of vintage romance to the modern walls. The fractured light that passes through the multicolored glass will give your walls the much-needed break from the monotony. You can either opt for the quintessential wall sconces to adorn your walls or go in for a little modern design such as ceiling mounted fixtures. If you are making an outdoor usage of these lamps, you need to be generous with them as they emit dim light. As these lamps have an uneven surface, they are quick prey to layers of dust. Thus, you will have to regularly clean them to keep the light effect as bright as possible. Also, before you go and buy them, be sure of the amount of light you would want to have in your garden.
Antique Tiffany style lamps are found in various patterns. Some of them are imitations of the original dragonfly shades, floral patterns, or ones that resemble a well branched out tree. As these lamps quickly gather dust and dirt, it is important to clean them frequently. While cleaning it, remove it from the electricity point, wipe the shape with a damp cloth, and then wipe it dry with a soft cloth. Today, these lamps are a pieces of art and rare to find. So, if you can lay your hands on one, look after them well, for they will be considered a fortune in the years to come.