Lighting has become a more prominent feature in rooms for interior design these days, with many showing interest in lamps, classical and innovative. I always remember my beautiful floor lamp with its large pleated shade that was inherited from a family member and was fantastic to read under. Unlike ceiling lights, many lamps are a lot dimmer and help to emphasize light to a particular area of a room or help to add dimension to a space. As its popularity grows, some innovative lamps could almost be seen as pieces of art or even multipurpose objects.
Sustainability has been the word on every one’s lips today, with people looking for ways to make the home beautiful without being a burden on the environment. DIY and recycling has been a big trend lately and can be seen from innovative lamps made from pre-loved bits and bobs, thankful to be given a new life. Tripod lamps are an example of this. Designers have taken a wooden tripod once used for surveying and added a light bulb on top to transform it into a somewhat post-modern creation. The legs and pieces from the frame make it a rather industrial looking piece but it is that aspect that will bring character and life to a room.
Carrying on from DIY, making use of household items, can mean coming up with crazy creations. For special occasions where you want to use something a little bit more exciting than candles, it is as simple as filling an old jar with water, cutting a glow stick and pouring the contents into it, (be careful that the skin does not come into contact with the illuminated liquid). It may not be so sustainable as the liquid is quite toxic, but is definitely a creative way of illuminating a room. Staying on the simple sustainable track, other ways of making unique and creative lamps is as easy as putting thin fairy lights into old wine bottles.
Arc lamps have also been popular over the year with their great swooping arc changing the shape of standard linear floor lights. They are probably best for living rooms with the bulb arching over a chair or sofa, as the lamps have the tendency to be quite large. Other similar designs are also available such as adjustable swooping lamps with linear rods attaching the light to the fixated rod connected to the floor.
Designers have also had fun with the house ware item combining practicality to the standard bedside table lamp by making them additional book rests. No need for book marks now, as you can place your bedtime book on top of the lamp, keeping the page intact, whilst transforming the light into a small house. Very cute.
I could go on forever with all the unique designs on the market specifying in indoor lamps. It is a piece of furniture that a lot of designers are playing around with, from matching it with other objects to give it a post-modern feel, or playing around with the idea of what the purpose of a lamp is, such as the book rest lamp. They are now slowly turning into a piece of furniture that not only serves a practical purpose of illuminating a room but also is turning into the main centerpiece.