Lampshades: For general purpose lighting, it is better to choose a lamp with a lampshade that has some degree of transparency such as a fabric, weave, or glass that is light in color. A semi-transparent lampshade gives a room a softer look. On the other hand, a lampshade that has little transparency will provide a stronger, more concentrated light pattern which can create a dramatic effect. A lampshade that has a wider brim at the bottom will spread the light out toward the bottom which is good for a reading lamp. Sculptural Qualities: In determining the lamp‘s sculptural qualities such as size, bulk, and color, the location and visual function of the lamp needs to be considered. Also, the table lamp should look good whether it is turned on or off.
Before choosing a southwestern lamp for your country home you will need to decide whether you want a more traditional style lamp like a wrought iron lamp, or if a western style lamp such as an antler lamp or pottery lamp would better suit your needs. The lamps you use in your design projects, really depend on whether you are decorating a classier southwestern home or are just trying to achieve a casual country design style. Iron lamps with rawhide lamp shades, for instance, are very chic, and are great decorative lamps when placed on office desks. If you are searching for a rustic style lamp that not only works well as an accent lamp, but also really looks great with western style design, log furniture or Indian drums, then a one of a kind antler lamp is definitely the way to go. Genuine deer antlers collected throughout the season, provide the beautiful antlers used in fashioning these fabulous lamps and add a touch of southwestern style wherever they are placed.
Tiffany desk lamps were made by hand. There was no mass-production involved in their creation. The designs were hand-drawn; all the glass was cut and soldered by hand. In fact, it‘s not even known how many Tiffany desk lamps or other types of lamps were made from each single design. Each pattern could be used an infinite number of times, but they did not keep records of how many were produced. This is part of the reason original Tiffany desk lamps and other original creations are so valuable, with one having gone for over 8 million dollars in a public sale. Today, reproduction Tiffany desk lamps can range from cheap and poor to expensive, quality reproductions that painstakingly mimic the original style and designs of Louis Tiffany. Dale Tiffany lamps is a top manufacturer of these reproductions today, and considered to be one of the most authentic desk lamps producers, with the Tiffany desk lamps and other creations true to the original artist‘s vision. Quality reproductions are not cheap, but it‘s worth the price to add such a functional and beautiful item to your home.
Decorative Native pottery is another fabulous way to create true Native American style in your home. A fantastic lighting choice for pottery enthusiasts is a lamp created out of a real clay pot, hand-coiled by the Indians of the Northern Part of Mexico. Once you have decided which kind of western lamp is right for you, whether an iron, antler or pottery lamp, you can then complement the style with more southwestern accessories. This will pull the look together and design the rustic home you have always dreamed of.
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