Using Stained Glass Lampshades For Home Decoration

Using stained glass in a home decoration never seems to go out of style. There are very many ways to integrate it into your home design. One of the most simple but at the same time elegant ways is to purchase stained glass lampshades. These lampshades are both beautiful and functional, and provide soft charming light being placed in any room.

Stained glass is made by fusing colored enamels to pieces of glass and firing them at temperature of up to 1100 degrees Fahrenheit. There are many colors used in this kind of art. The most important quality of good glass is that the colors are transparent enough for the light to shine through and it is also wonderful that the colors never fade.

Stained glass has been around for a long time. People began to use it in church windows, many of them can be seen nowadays. Rich people also desired to enjoy the beauty that stained glass added to home decor, so they began to use in homes and office buildings. Several artists became very well known for their stained glass creations. The most famous is Louis Comfort Tiffany, who often created art works that were inspired by nature. His dragonfly and cherry blossom motifs are still very popular today. The other famous artist was Frank Lloyd Wright, who tended to create his art works in the mission style. While original lamps by these artists are very hard to find and are very expensive for the average customer, good quality reproduction lamps are available at a lower cost. This means that everyone can afford a Tiffany lampshade if they really want it.

Stained glass lamps provide an old world charm, warm and calm feeling. Air of your house will be kaleidoscopically colorful, when sun will glance at your place. When turned on at any time, the colors will play across the wall, floor and ceiling and attract attention to your room. Lampshades can be purchased with table or floor length bases, which are usually made of sturdy metal such as brass so the lamp is not likely to tip over and break the glass. You can find a lamp to complement nearly any room. Lampshades can have floral, geometric, animal or other designs. These lampshades are no longer limited to traditional choices. Prices for them can differ very much, anywhere from 50 dollars for cheap one to several thousand for a museum quality Tiffany reproduction lamp. So you can always find a good quality lamp.

Another good place to find stained glass lamps is to seek out artists in your local area. The art of stained glass is enjoying great popularity these days, so many of them are using this beautiful technique. If you are a creative person, you can take a class on creating stained glass, and create your own lampshade. It takes time and patience to learn, but a personally created lampshade may be just the thing to complete that room that has been lacking something beautiful.