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Lighting Arts and Crafts Style, Nostalgic Hand Crafted Lights

Lights would have been made during the Arts and Crafts period in natural metals such as copper, brass or pewter. These metal light fittings often had a natural hammered finish or were riveted, both of which gave the lights a rustic feel. The Arts and Crafts ceiling lights and wall lights would have had simple warm coloured glass shades in amber or cream. Arts and Crafts lights are rustic but simple and stylish and work really well today for lighting country homes, farmhouses and cottages. To achieve the look use simple metal chandeliers in brass or forged wrought iron with glass shades and avoid superficial ornamentation. Plain wall sconces in geometric shapes with horizontal lines in the metalwork are very much in keeping with the lighting of the Arts and Crafts period. Simple candle style lanterns in copper or cast iron with a hammered or riveted finish would be ideal for using in hallways. Additional lighting can be provided by copper and brass table lamps or replica oil lamps with warm glass shades.

The Arts and Crafts style of lighting is simple and honest, a sort of Medieval folksy look with the use of Celtic motifs and patterns inspired by British flora and fauna. Romantic nostalgic lighting to compliment the fabrics and furnishings of the likes of William Morris and Liberty & Co. which are still popular today. Arts and Crafts influenced lighting would have originally been made using traditional techniques. Light fittings would have been simple, balanced and often in geometric square or rectangular designs. Arts and Crafts lighting was painstakingly produced and handcrafted. There was little decorative detailing although simple Celtic motifs, Art Nouveau flowers and leaf and vine motifs were sometime used on Arts and Crafts light fittings. In North America the Mission and Prairie styles of lighting were developed as adaptations of the European Arts and Crafts style lights.. The Mission style lights had a Spanish cultural flavour whilst the Prairie style had a more relaxed feel that was in harmony with nature and used the autumnal colours of the prairies.

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