Best Ikea Floor Lamps. The era of the sixties and seventies will not go down in history as the era of good taste. But among all the crazy trends of those decades is one that I still hold a fond remembrance for: the lava lamp. If you are too young to remember lava lamps. I’ll describe one. Picture a wiggly glass tube. filled with slimy liquids that are in the most incredible colors of purple. neon green. hot pink. etc. Lumps of some blobby material floated through this mass of color as it undulated in the tube. Sounds lovely. no? Yet. whenever I was around a lava lamp. I would be mesmerized by the slowly swirling colors and the floating blobs. I found it very relaxing and would further enhance this experience with the aroma of joss sticks and the sound of sitar music. I felt that lava lamps were a harmless way to relax and chill out.
Lava lamps are still available today. and I imagine they are being purchased by children of the sixties to recreate that era or by young people of today who enjoy a retro look. Despite their inherent ugliness. I still find them relaxing and oddly comforting. Maybe I equate them with an age when I was still young. optimistic and had dreams. I have even considered buying one. knowing full well that it would clash with everything in my home. I don’t know how I would explain it to my cool. Ikea-decorated friends. The appeal of contrast? An ironic comment? In thinking about it. I realize it would not be such a good idea. Back in those days. I could afford to sit around in a dreamlike state; today. I have way too much to do. The modern version of the lava lamp is the Plasma Lamp. They do not have the appeal of lava lamps to me. They seem like something out of a science lab or clinical experiment. Lava lamps have a personal appeal. almost with a soul of their own. The best ones were the purple ones. especially if viewed while listening to Jimi Hendrix’ Purple Haze. I believe you can make a valid character judgement about someone based on their preferred lava lamp color. Some psychologist should conduct a study on it.
The lava lamp was invented by Craven Walker. and it is rumored that. like most great inventions. like vulcanization and post-it notes. it came about by accident. He was certainly not aware that he invented the symbol of a culture and an era. Even though lava lamps are intended to be fun. make sure you read any of the warning labels on a lava lamp. One impatient (and stupid) man failed to do this. with dire consequences. In 2004. this young gentleman bought a lava lamp and wanted it to start its bubbling twists and turns right away. Instead of waiting for it to warm up normally. he put it on a stove burner. and the glass exploded and a shard of it pierced his heart. There are even those who try to make their own lava lamps. and they are really looking for trouble.
I can never get tired of looking at a lamp which is why I have a certain piece in every room in my home. If people collect cars, clothes, shoes, plates, table cloths and the likes, I collect lampshades. I just love how it looks and frankly, it is a beautiful accessory to any room. It brightens up an area. It illuminates and revitalizes the whole space. If there is something I cannot live without, it is definitely a lamp.
I believe that light eliminates any bad spells or vibrations. No wonder I feel good every time my lamp is lit. My sisters tell me that I over accessorize with lamp stuff but I beg to differ. It is just my style. Some people love Italian furniture. Some want retro styling. Others are into wood and rustic. But for me, it is my lighting effect at home. That is just me.
A lampshade for my bedroom…
Some people believe that the best lampshades for their bedrooms are the Tiffany lamps. For me, I want those with the CONTEMPORARY flair. I own a California King sized bed. Oh yes, it is gigantic. My husband and I just like the space. We love rolling on it, literally. And so, with this modern-type bed, comes with modern-like vibe in our room – contemporary lamp shade.
I have an all-white bedroom. Everything is in pure white from bed sheets to walls, window curtains, tables, chairs, rug, phone, desk and of course, my contemporary table lights. I bought it for $49.99 each at Ikea and it is called Torsbo. It is so relaxing since it gives off a soft light; a delight really. I am such a fan of it because I can sleep soundly at night.
A lampshade for my bathroom…
While it is common for a bathroom to have wall or ceiling lights, I have a table lamp in mine. My bathroom is not just a regular bathing area. It is a dual function room for it also is my walk in closet room. I needed the perfect lighting so that I can clearly see my outfits, my make-up and you know, just for the pleasure of it, my favorite home accessory, table lampshade.
The transitional lampshade I placed in my bathroom is a Faux Rattan piece from a local store. I think I bought it for more than $100. The design for my walk in closet slash bathroom is nature overload. So I have wooden floors, drawers, cabinets, dresser, and a garden fountain beside my bathtub. The Faux Rattan lamp fits perfectly – it has a floor and table piece. This room got the compliments from everyone.
A lampshade for my kitchen…
Oh yes! I have a kitchen table lampshade. I have this nook in my kitchen called the AMORE. It is a 2-seater dining set in wood. You can say it is a simple and small round wood table but that is our date table. I have a mini Tiffany lamp. I saw how lovely it was when we ate at a restaurant in Milan. They had dim lights all over the place and a Tiffany lamp on each table. That is how I got my inspiration.
My lampshade for the date table is about 11 inches tall (so tiny) and it has a glass shade. Yellow and chestnut bronze, that is and it is called Z-lite which I purchase together with my bathroom lighting. It has scalloped glass shade and the light exudes an amber tone. Divine.
So there you have it. I have spilled everything that I have and everything that I hold dear. I have opened my home and my heart to you. I just wanted to share that even the most unusual place; you can put almost anything in and on it. A lamp in every room is just celestial.
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