Tiffany lighting is perhaps the most iconic and enduring style of lighting on the market. Originally created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York in 1895, Tiffany lighting is part of the Art Nouveau movement. While original Tiffany pieces are now generally limited to museums and private collections, reproductions have rarely been so popular. Most Tiffany lighting producers still use traditional techniques as part of their manufacturing process, which involves handcrafting designs from hundreds of individual pieces of stained glass from the USA. The colours, vibrancy and retro designs of modern Tiffany lights make them among the most popular light fittings on the market today. This Tiffany lighting guide will give a brief outline of the history and culture behind the designs, before explaining how you can use them for the best effect in your home or office.
The history of Tiffany lights
Louis Comfort Tiffany was an American artist and designer who lived between 1848 and 1933, and was best known for his work with stained glass. In many cases, his work came to define the Art Nouveau movement in America. Tiffany was already a well known artist and painter when he set up his glassmaking firm The Tiffany Glass Company in 1885. As well as stained glass windows and other art projects, Tiffany became known for his stunning glass lamps, characterized by colourful geometric patterns and botanical styles. The botanical designs often contain animals, butterflies, dragonflies or flowers, for example, while the geometric designs are usually more subtle, with creams or whites playing an important role.
How to use Tiffany lights in your home or office
Since Tiffany lights are in the vintage / retro style, they can be used in both modern and traditional designs. Retro refers to modern designs which self-consciously reference the recent past, and Tiffany lighting designs today have a 1980s feel about them which definitely places them within this definition. But given the history of Tiffany lights, the designs also reference the more distant past, namely the turn of the 20th century when they were first created.
This makes Tiffany lighting very flexible when it comes to using them in your home. A Tiffany fitting in a state-of-the-art room will look bold, retro and chic, whereas the same fitting in a more traditional room will look classic and add character. They look just as stunning in a traditional country cottage as they do in a contemporary city apartment, and this is one of the reasons why they remain so popular. Because of their warm colours, often using yellows, oranges and reds, Tiffany lights create a warmth and homeliness that gives them added appeal. They are also flexible in the sense that you can use them in an otherwise plain, minimalist interior design to act as a colourful feature in the corner, or you can use them in a vibrant, busy interior design as an additional splash of colour.
In the Scotlight Direct online superstore you can find Tiffany floor lamps, table lamps, bedside lights, ceiling lights, wall lights, non-electric lights and Tiffany shades, meaning that there is a great selection of various Tiffany lamps for you to choose from.
How to use Tiffany floor lamps
A Tiffany floor lamp is a great way to add layers of lighting to your rooms. By layering your lights you can create different atmospheres at different times to suit your mood, the weather, the seasons, and so on. A Tiffany floor lamp can brighten up a dark corner, provide light for reading or watching the television, inject another layer of colour to your room, or be a design feature in its own right.
How to use Tiffany table lamps
Tiffany table lamps makes ideal bedside lights for reading or getting ready in the mornings, for example. They are also fantastic solutions in a home office or computer room, or in a living room or dining room.
How to use Tiffany ceiling lights
A Tiffany ceiling light is a great centrepiece in your living room, dining room or hallway. As well as Tiffany ceiling lights you can also buy non-electric shades, making it easier to spruce up your lighting if you are working with a tighter budget or don’t want to go through the trouble of hiring an electrician.
How to use Tiffany wall lights
Tiffany wall lights are another great way of adding extra layers of light and colour to your rooms. They can complement the main light in your room, or even act as the main light themselves. The attractive design of the shades means that when they are given a prominent position on your walls they act as design-features or works of art in their own right, drawing the eyes of visitors and guests alike.
Where to buy Tiffany lighting
Scotlight Direct stocks a comprehensive range of Tiffany lighting at unbeatable prices. Our Price Promise means that if you can find the same Tiffany fittings for a better price anywhere else online then we will try to match or even beat the price for you. We deliver free across most of the UK on all orders over £50 and we will quality-control all orders before they are dispatched to make sure that they are in perfect condition. Once you receive your fittings you can return them for free within 30 days if you are not entirely satisfied with them, or even if you simply change your mind.
For more ideas on how to use Tiffany lighting in your home, read more of our lighting guides, including our living room lighting guide, dining room lighting guide, home office lighting guide and bedroom lighting guide.