Antiques are sought after for their mature beauty and the elegance they bring to a room. The ancient trend that exists in the world of home design has even influenced floor lamps. Manufacturers create designs to mimic the sometimes flowery or ornate styles of antique furniture to provide accessories to match various types of antique home decor.

Many of these so-called antique lamps have a gold base and embellished fabric or colored glass shades. Sometimes the word "antique" is used simply to describe a tone in the finish. Antique brass is a popular finish on floor lamps. In truth, these are simply reproduction lamps. True vintage floor lamps are much more difficult to find and are substantially more expensive, depending on their history and design. In fact, some old French lamps are sold at auctions for thousands of dollars.

A popular technique of restoring antique floor lamps is to replace electrical operation with contemporary parts to make these lamps safer and more functional. Converting a vintage floor lamp into a halogen lamp or a compressed fluorescent floor lamp combines the benefits of modern lighting technology with the beauty of vintage design.

Antique floor lamps are seldom chosen for their light - they really are more aesthetic than functional. A vintage floor lamp pleases the eye and accentuates much of the furniture around it. The brass ornaments at the base of a floor lamp can draw attention to the brass handles on a nearby chest. The carved wood of a maple floor lamp adds to the warm tones of a room and blends in with the rest of the dark wood furniture.

Furniture can be used effectively in design, and floor lamps are no different. Selecting an antique floor lamp or a reproduction has the potential to bring style together in a room. Choose these lamps if you have lots of brass accents or a consistent theme of dark wood and warm fabric tones in your furniture.

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A table lamp can be considered an important decoration in a home.