Lamps in a room are not always giving the attention they should be. The fact is that the right lamp can spruce up a room and offer a range of lighting suitable for a variety of situations. The wrong lamps can distract from the room’s decor. Brass lamps are a great choice for a variety of decorative schemes. Finely polished brass can add to an elegant decor and is equally well fitted for contemporary settings.
Because brass is very popular with those who prefer a youthful look as well as those who want a formal setting, they are found in both situations. Brass lamps can have a wide range of shades and other accessories that help determine what styling they are suitable for.
Brass is a metal easily molded and this makes it a versatile material for making many different shapes and styles as the base of the lamp. With the ability to have the lamps come in so many different shapes and the ability to use many styles of lampshades, and other decorative items with this type of lamp, makes it the most versatile.
This type of light has a very long history. Before the days of electricity, the three main types of lighting were candles, fire pits, and torches. Once metal lamps constructed from brass came to be, the flames could be protected from wind and rain making them much more user-friendly. Later it was found that the fat from whales burned more cleanly and brightly and combined with these lamps made of brass, man-made light became much more utilized.
As well as a large assortment of contemporary lamps made of brass, there are many that are antique collector items. Basic lamps made of brass can be found at yard sales, flea markets and on Craigslist. If it is a genuine antique and of great value then it can be found at fine auction houses, antique shops, and collector galleries. To find one of great quality and value requires an eye for the real thing.
Often brass can become discolored. This is easily remedied with the right cleaning agent. Still, for this reason, only a trained eye is likely to know if an antique lamp made of brass has a significant value or not.
The main thing to remember is that lighting for the home has 2 important task. The first task of any lamp is to provide light. The kind of light needed is determined by the situation and activities it is used for.
If the lamp is located in a study or living area and is used for activities such as reading or sewing, then a lamp with directional lighting is required to aid in the task. If it is being used in a bedroom and it is used while relaxing or involved in setting the mood for romance, then a lamp with ambient light would be better for that situation.
In addition to lighting, lamps are used to decorate. For that reason, brass lamps are a particularly good all around choice.