WHY CHOOSE VINTAGE LIGHTING?
Good lighting can be a stunning design element in itself, with a wide range of styles, eras and looks to choose from. That's certainly the case when you buy contemporary, antique and vintage lamps from Delisse. But don't just take our word for it. Explore our collection of vintage style lighting today and let us light your way to interior design...
If you need help twisting your home's decor, adding vintage-style lighting to your space is a great place to start. From mid-century modern to Victorian to retro, take your pick with our tips. Follow our guide to vintage interior lighting! Vintage lamps will no longer hold any secrets for you.
VINTAGE LIGHTING: ENHANCE THE LOOK OF YOUR HOME
Lighting is a broad term that can refer to a host of different things. From table lamps to wall sconces, floor lamps to chandeliers, there's a whole world of lighting out there just waiting to be discovered and brought into your home, depending on your desires!
Go for a trendy style that makes you happy!
A good light is one that does more than just fulfill the practical role of illuminating the room around it.
It should also stand out as a beautiful artist or designer piece. This is certainly the case when you opt for vintage lighting, with so many iconic eras coming to influence the aesthetics of the forms.
There really is something for every space in your home. Surely, you will find the right lighting for your space.
How to define the vintage style?
Antique lighting predates the early 20th century and is largely characterized by its more ornate and decorative style. Think decadent, baroque chandeliers and French marble and brass floor lamps. These are definitely pieces that stand out.
They become a real eye-catcher. There are also vintage lamps. They reflect the various iconic design movements of the 20th century, including the elegant geometries of the art deco movement of the 1920s and 30s, and the subtle form-over-function approach of the mid-century modern school of design, which to this day remains popular.
More recently, the 1970s have seen an influx of earth tones, warm touches and rich woods, which can make your home more comfortable. You'll also find attractive retro lighting options that delight the eye and add a funky aesthetic to your home.
Lighting comes in many different forms. With so many styles to choose from, there is sure to be a type of vintage lighting that is perfect for your home.
- How about an art deco table lamp in your office?
- Or a set of opaline wall sconces in the bedroom?
- A 1970s tassel floor lamp can make your living room even more inviting, while an antique chandelier can bring a huge dose of luxury to your dining room.
There was a time when finding unique retro ceiling lights with a real sense of character meant scouring local markets, weekend flea markets, or second-hand stores, hoping to discover a hidden gem among a host of items.
Not only was it time consuming, but there was no guarantee that you would find what you were looking for. But thanks to Delisse, all that has changed.
How to match vintage lighting with your decor?
If your furnishings are more contemporary, adding a touch of vintage to them with a lamp that has a nice aged and distressed finish is a great idea.
Fabric is another material to work with, whose patterns and texture can evoke a vintage vibe. For example, consider incorporating colored polka dots into your window curtains for a 1950s vibe; deep velvet or satin colors, perhaps in pillows or lampshades, that recall the Victorian era; or tasteful use of fringe or tassels.
When looking to inscribe a vintage theme in your home, it's important not to go overboard with the look, which could throw off the mood of your home.
It's also essential to remember that to succeed in this specific theme, you need to create some form of consistency between the lighting, furnishings and decor. The simple addition of a contemporary glass and metal coffee table, for example, could sublimate the effect you want to give to the whole.
The different types of vintage lighting
Have you ever walked into a friend's house and thought, "This is so unique and original, where did they get all this stuff?"
Then know that there is a good chance that a few well-chosen elements of this home are vintage. In general, vintage style involves incorporating furniture, lamps, accessories or color palettes from an earlier era.
But, what's absolutely brilliant is that the vintage look is anything but old-fashioned! Defined by a nostalgic and lived-in aesthetic, the vintage trend focuses on the elements that define the character of a space and make it unique.
As you might expect, vintage can take many forms. Mixing and matching looks is the key to a successful vintage world.
So take a little inspiration from everywhere to create a perfectly imperfect space. The trick is to find the right balance! Let's see what styles you can draw from:
Go for mid-century modernity
Without a doubt, the most sought-after vintage decor is from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Mid-century modern fixtures often mix natural materials with unique shapes and futuristic styling.
One of the big advantages is that vintage is particularly easy to combine with decorative elements from other eras, given its minimalist design. This is probably what has contributed to its ever-growing popularity.
- Absence of ornamentation with a refined, yet eclectic aesthetic.
- Clean silhouettes with geometric and organic shapes.
- The materials used are often metals (especially brass), wood, fiberglass and natural materials.
The industrial style for its raw side
For those who love the 'indus' look or marvel at renovated lofts, chances are you are a fan of the industrial aesthetic. While this trend celebrates the simple, rugged and raw look of old factories, industrial lighting pairs particularly well with other modern and even rustic looks.
You can find antique and vintage stores that have industrial style lamps, but the prices are often prohibitive.
Characterized by grays, painted metals and exposed light bulbs, this look is right at home in a loft or artist studio. Heavy wood tables, leather sofas and metallic fixtures like our industrial pulley lamp are great focal points around which to build your room. Also try pairing them with our LED filament bulbs.
- The design focuses more on functionality than style.
- It is usually made of dark colored steel and raw or aged wood.
- Common features include exposed bulbs, metal shades and wire cages.
If you are a fan of the glamour of the 1920s, Art Deco lighting is for you. This style features intricate patterns and elegant materials to evoke the luxury and sophistication of this famous era.
Art Deco is reminiscent of times gone by. Art Deco is luxurious, oversized and opulent and vintage pieces in this style are easy to love.
Defined by contrasts, art deco combines different textures and shapes, making it easy to find the lamp that best suits your room.
- Geometric and symmetrical shapes.
- Intricate patterns and details throughout the fixture.
- Gold leaf and chrome are common finishes in this style.
Our collection includes vintage, antique and retro lighting, as well as contemporary pieces, so there really is something for everyone.
Vintage can revolve around a centerpiece, such as an old oil painting or ornate brass candelabra, or use more subtle elements of the style to create a modern vibe. Current trends in vintage style encourage you to adopt a more minimal look while pairing the decor with high-end antiques.
Extra style tip: don't forget that buying Edison-style bulbs to add a vintage touch to any light fixture is a big plus to add charm to them!
Give your space the style you want, the only rule with vintage is that it looks like you, so you feel good in it.
So what are you waiting for?
Find the perfect lighting for your home today by exploring ourvintage lighting collection. If you need help choosing, we're sure you'll find what you need from our collection of vintage lamps.
We have selected each light with the greatest care for you: vintage copper metal table lamp, Old Empire crystal chandelier, industrial vintage green wall lamp, etc...