By style&source, Jun 15 2016 12:26PM
Here at Style and Source we see the beauty in pieces that others have often destined for the skip! One of these is the standard lamp.
For years I have mixed varying lamp bases tall and small with a vintage and modern shades and love the quirkiness and individuality this look brings to a home. We have been seeing different variations of the standard lamp on the interior decor market over recent years and with a little imagination, I think it’s fairly straightforward to emulate a take on these with a twist and in doing so create something unique to your home.
Use a vintage lampshade - stripped down to its frame or in its original form or pick something modern to create the ultimate finish. If you are brave enough, why not create your own at shade school with Zoe Darlington shade school, a designer who creates shades using traditional methods that have been used for years http://www.zoedarlington.co.uk/shade-school
We have a constant changing stock of standard lamps from £30 (stand only and in their original form) at The Den and hope the below images inspire and encourage you to give one a go. If you would like help with upcycling it or sourcing a suitable shade to suit your home – whatever your budget – do get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call.
Spray or paint your standard lamp in a gloss finish to create a cool and quirky look
Picture credit: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/roostliving
Paint the base and add a traditional 1940s lamp shade bringing something old into the modern world
Picture credit: http://www.decorativecountryliving.com/
I am so inspired by Abigail Ahern’s design and this naked lampshade on a gloss black stand is striking and easy to create. (Get in touch with us for naked lampshade advice)
Picture credit: www.abigailahern.com
Another frame stripped down and trim added for detail and interest
Picture credit: www.vintageandrecycle.co.uk
Here’s another naked frame dressed with dress flowers. We pegged old photographs to a vintage frame in The Den (see picture below)
Picture credit: http://www.hearthandmade.co.uk/2012/01/styling-loves-marie-nichols-pastels-and.html
Or go bold with your colour for your naked frame and lamp stand
This is a lamp that the lovely Loaf retail and although this is is mango wood – the image has inspired me to think if you wanted a more paired down look you could paint your standard lamp in a soft grey/ green and combine with a linen shade for a stylish subtle earthy feel.
Picture credit: www.loaf.com
Leave your standard lamp as wood and bring it into the modern century with a funky lampshade – patterned or plain
Picture credit: www.flickr.com
I admire the design at The Olde Bell in Berkshire by Isle Crawford and it’s here that I saw standard lamps with smaller shades and I have to say I personally think it works. Recreate this with an off the shelf or bespoke made conical shade – linen would look fitting.
Picture credit: www.theoldebell.co.uk
This combination for me is perfect because not only do I love crochet squares in a blanket but I’m also all over green at the moment and love these pastel tones that are trending right now!
Picture credit: www.pinterest.com
Use a standard lamp as your bedside light to create a stunning feature in any bedroom. Go traditional or modern and if you need to reduce the height of your lamp get a handyman to help you out.
Picture credit: http://selinalake.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/golden-vintage.html
Keep your standard lamp traditional – left untouched with its original vintage shade and they still look on trend especially in a nostalgic home
Picture credit: http://www.budgetweddinghiregoldcoast.com/#!Vintage-Lamps/zoom/c1pm2/image1eq0
BHS stocked this lamp at one point. Set off your painted white standard lamp with a pretty shade like this
Picture credit: www.bhs.co.uk
Paint them any colour you like to suit your decor
Picture credit: http://www.roominaboxx.co.uk/unusual-christmas-gift-ideas/
We have had this mid century style of light in before and with a 70’s shade or style shade – this is a cool focal accessorie to any room
Picture credit: www.etsy.com
Lastly join in with Zoe Darlington’s wit and celebrate this style with your very own bespoke made quirky lamp shade and base painted in a contrasting colour
Picture credit: www.zoedarlington.com