2.13.2012

HOW TO DO A LAMP RIGHT--FINIALS 101

If you've read this blog for any amount of time you know that I not only love vintage furniture and accessories, but I LOVE lamps, especially vintage ones. And after finding a pair of can'tlivewithout'em lamps, I love nothing more than to turn my attention to  lampshades and finials. And understand this--there are only 2 ways to do a lamp right. The first way is to pick out the right scale and shape lampshade and the other is to select the perfect final, which is the equivalent of earrings for your lamp. Think of your lampshade as the hair, and the final as the earrings. 

Opaque Glass Lamps, $2650, Pieces

Choosing a finial for your lamp is a visual process. There isn't a specific formula to selecting the right finial, but visual balance is key. And the whole process is pretty easy. If the lamp has a ton of detail, you don't want to select a scene-stealing finial.

Dana Gibson Gothic Brown Ginger Jar Lamp, $250





 However if you have a lamp with a simple, sleek design and pattern, feel free to take it up a notch on top.

V&M, $1850/pr.



One of my favorite go-to finials is a cylindrical lucite number, but I also keep a few super simple brass, nickel and chrome versions on hand for when I need the bare minimum. And then there's these, featured in the March 2012 House Beautiful.


These handwoven finials are made in Africa and sold via Chic Shop LA. And even though they're a splurge at $55 each, they're also a scene-stealer. 



Agate finials are not new to the finial market, but they're still super fab. All the way live.



And I might be a little on the late show since I haven't seen this wood finial before, but it's truly the bizness (both via Chic Shop LA).  

So how do you dress your lamps? Do you pay special attention to the finials or just use whatever's handy? Or do you (gasp) use the lampshades that don't even require finials?? Do tell!

4 comments:

Cris Angsten said...

I LOVE finials. I've gotten some from Van Dyke's Restorers before. Sadly, my current bedroom lampshades are the terrible kind without finials - and it BOTHERS ME!

Janelle said...

I'm new to vintage finds, but I can tackle a great DIY project better than most... I love following you on Pinterest and reading your posts because you share your expert wisdom and knowledge with those of us looking to make our spaces "pop"! Thank you. I too live in Atlanta. Where do I take a great vintage lamp that needs a bit of electrical repair? How can I creatively use fabric to cover the outside frame from my (old stinky)vintage shade for a new prutty' one? What do I use to hide the details inside? help!! It's a wreck now... but I see so much potential!

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Holly said...

What a great, original post. I'm guilty of not investing in my lamps, so none of ours have finials. I think two of the lamps in our living room are from Lowe's and another in our master is from Home Goods. This is really a great point to bring up though that the finials are jewelry for lamps and not to be forgotten.

Renae Moore said...

I love cool finials! I have changed many on lamps, after changing a lampshade, why not spiffy up some more with a fun finial!


I did some purple in my LR! Is purple hot right now? hehe

xx Renae

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