A Guide to Antique Lighting

If you have a modern or contemporary style of décor in your home, antique or vintage lighting offers the perfect opportunity to mix the old with the new, and there is such a wide range of styles to choose from. Here is a brief description of some of the antique lighting styles that might be the perfect illumination for your interior.

  • Antique Candlesticks – These gorgeous items look stunning on any dining table, and with styles that encompass both the 18th and 19th centuries, you have many designs to choose from. Matched with some 18th century wine goblets, a pair of candlesticks provide the perfect task lighting for dining, and there are online antique dealers who have a collection of candlesticks, and they can easily be found with an online search. Brass and silver were commonly used to make candlesticks, which is combined with glass trays to hold the candles and also to catch the wax.
  • Antique Chandeliers – Early 17th century chandeliers were designed solely to catch the wax dripping from candles, while from the 18th century onwards, glass and crystal were more commonly used to create these elaborate and very eloquent items that are ideal for any dining table placement. Finding attractive antique chandeliers in Sydney is never an issue if you search online, and with sizes ranging from petite to grand scale, there’s something to suit every budget. Of course, the larger the chandelier, the more expensive it is, and if you take a tour around many of the stately mansions found in England and Europe, you would find some stunning examples of large chandeliers. Smaller pieces provide the perfect lighting for kitchens and hallways, and to view a wide selection of chandeliers, search online for an established antique dealer, who is bound to have some in their catalogue.
  • Antique Wall Lights – Any study would benefit from a pair of antique wall lights, and with the Art Deco period being very much in demand, you can find stunning pieces with coloured stain glass. Pre-18th century wall lights are very valuable, if you can find them, and they look stunning in any setting, while later periods incorporate the use of electricity, with stunning examples made from stained glass.
  • Antique Floor Lamps – Crafted from silver and brass, antique floor lamps with heavy bases were very popular in the mid-19th century, and as electricity arrived, the bulb type lamps were soon emerging on the scene. Heavy rosewood bases with ornately carved stems make for an ideal addition to a modern setting, and if you are lucky enough to stumble on any 17th century floor lamps, they are very valuable indeed.

When looking to add a few antique items to a contemporary room setting, the lighting offers an opportunity to integrate antique and vintage items with more modern furniture. On the other hand, you could search through the various online antique dealers’ websites, which would certainly yield results, and once you have found what you are looking for, a secure online payment will see the pieces packaged and shipped to your home address.