15 Creative Lamp Bases
Unexpected Shapes and Sizes Light Up the Room
Becky Harris August 10, 2011
Houzz Contributor. Hi there! I live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe as "collected." I got into design via Landscape Architecture, which I studied at the University of Virginia. I've been writing about design online for quite a few years over at Hatch: The Design Public Blog.
Houzz Contributor. Hi there! I live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe... More
Lighting is one of the most important elements of design, but sometimes we get so wrapped up in our wattage needs we put style on the sidelines. Table lamps are not only wonderful sources of light for reading and general glow, but their bases are also a big design opportunity. Many everyday objects can be converted into lamp bases, so take a new look at buckets, demijohns, trophies, logs, umbrella stands and whatever else looks about the right size for a lamp.
Old wooden buckets are a perfect fit for a quirky cottage.
Driftwood lamps, once kitschy retro pieces, have become a favorite of high-end designers, especially when topped with a crisp white paper or linen shade.
I don't know what the story on this lamp is, but I've noticed this particular designer using it in a few different spaces, and it always packs a big "Wow!" It's very Palm Springs Rat Pack era, yet very contemporary.
These clever lamp bases resemble cairns, which are typically used to mark trails above the treeline.
A wire Eiffel tower adds a tribute to French engineering in this bedroom.
I'll admit, I don't have a clue what this lamp base resembles, or what it might have been in a past life. Please share in the comments section if you know, or even if you have a guess!
This base cleverly took a lantern form, modernized it, and turned it into a table lamp base.
What would you call this lamp base? To me, it's Space Needle meets New Years Eve Ball Drop.
Where does the mirrored nightstand end and the lamp begin? I can't be sure, but the combination gives this bedroom contemporary art deco flair.
A birch log lamp base is a great rustic accent in a cabin-style office.
My own mom found this bottle for $25 at an antiques store and had it converted into a lamp. I'm my mother's daughter; I took a ceramic faux bamboo umbrella stand I scored for $11 and had it turned into a fabulous and oversized table lamp. (If you're around Atlanta, lampmaker Lee of Victory Vintage at Kudzu in Decatur is the lady to know).
Gold nautilus shells go from campy to sophisticated in this elegant entryway.
Is it a primitive skinny silhouette of a man, or just a delicate design? Either way, it works with the subdued glamor of this bedroom.