Decorative lighting fixtures come in various styles, sizes and colors and art deco lights are no exception. Table lamps are available, as are ceiling fixtures, floor lamps and, for a striking room décor, wall sconces. Art deco patterns are characterized by geometric patterns, although some may have rounded features, such as the popular mushroom lamp. A mushroom lamp has a rounded, or oblong, base and a top piece that resembles a mushroom cap.
Other popular art deco lamp designs include layered designs and cone shapes. Some have globes containing the light bulb atop a matching or contrasting base. Some even have a figurine base with a globe light on top. Leaded glass is a common element in art deco light fixtures. This is especially attractive on wall sconces made from tinted or frosted glass. Vintage pieces and reproductions may use beveled clear glass, an especially beautiful element in a formal setting that reflects the elegance of the era when this lighting was first popular. Beveled glass refracts the light from the bulb, creating lovely patterns on nearby furniture. Beveled glass was once common; every neighborhood hardware store had a glass beveller, but it is now more difficult to obtain. Choose it when you want to make a splash.
The original art deco period also is reflected in the colors used in art deco light fixtures, especially warm tones of yellow and amber. Copper and brass were the primary metals used in original art deco pieces. They were used to surround each piece of glass in the lamp’s shade. The base, too, featured these metals in a solid piece or in combination with glass. In addition to copper and brass, chrome also is popular in modern lamps. Chandeliers with chrome bases under the individual lights create an attractive, warm feel in a room. The metal used and the lamp’s design may depend on their region of origin or the artist’s preference.