The introduction of the Tiffany lamp in the late 1870’s is one of the most significant contributions to home lighting decor since man discovered fire. Even today more than 100 years after its conception, the style can be seen not only in reproductions of Louis Comfort Tiffanys original ideas, but in many variations and combinations with other styles. His use of opalescent glass in a variety of colors and textures created a unique style of stained glass that when combined with brass hand crafted bases became artistic masterpieces.
He trademarked Favrile( French for handmade) in 1894 and used this word to apply to his many glass, enamel and pottery creations. Tiffany’s first commercially produced lamps were introduced around 1895 and continued to be produced until 1920. Much of his company’s production was in making stained glass windows and Tiffany lamps, but his company designed a complete range of interior decorations. After Tiffany’s death in 1933,the popularity of his creations faded until the late 1950’s, after which the style was rediscovered and has continued to flourish and delight.
When looking for the perfect addition to home lighting décor look no further than a Tiffany lamp. Any room will benefit from the inclusion of one of these fantastic reproductions. When selecting an appropriate lamp for your home the first thing to look for is the color scheme and how it matches with the décor of the room. The same principle applies to the lamp bases and styling as well. The names Wisteria, Dragonfly lamps and Rose style all suggest the base or theme on which the lamp is designed. Find the lamp that best suits the overall feel of the room.
Another factor in choosing the correct Tiffany lamp is the scale of the lamp and the size of its shade. A table lamp should be short and the shade effectively covering the bulb and directing the glow downwards. Also the circumference of the shade should not protrude too far from the base. In the case of ceiling fixtures and floor lamps also consider its fitting and height respectively. The wattage of the bulbs for Tiffany lamps must be based on its function and use. For accent lamps and general illumination almost any wattage will suffice. Desk lamps and anything used for reading will require a 100 watt bulb. The same is the case with floor lamps, certain wall fixtures, chandeliers and pool table lighting.
With hundreds of designs and variations on the Tiffany style, finding the perfect home lighting accent is possible for everyone.