Good lighting can entirely make-or-break a room - so a good lamp is always going to be in fashion. Moreover, as we look at iconic lamps going back through the decades, one that stands out is the mushroom lamp. Popularized in the '70s, this subtle statement lamp with an unforgettable domed silhouette is coming back now - trust us, you're about to see it everywhere.
Why? These types of lamps seem unassuming, but their shape gives them several attractive qualities. For example, the fact that they cast their light downwards simply makes rooms feel cozier - and the very fact that they're shaped like mushrooms gives any room they're in a little bit of a whimsical glow.
Are you looking for mushroom lamps with which to decorate your house? These type of lamps are easy to spot because they do in fact resemble the fungi for which they're named: They usually have a simple, straight base with a domed, cap-like shade. The shade - as opposed to many other lamp designs - typically is made from a hard material, such as ceramic, instead of a semi-transparent fabric.
It's this detail - one that makes it unique among lamps - that makes this type of lamp very attractive to mod designers, both in the '60s and '70s as well as today. These type of fungi-inspired lamps have additional perks: Because they're usually quite simply styled, they fit naturally with a large range of styles and aesthetics.
What does this mean for you? It's simple: Mushroom-inspired lamps are an excellent investment. As they're formed of a hard shell and a simple base, they tend to last for a very long time - and because their style is so versatile, you'll be able to use them no matter how often your personal style changes.
When you're looking for one of these lamps, consider whether you'll want to use it for the floor or the table; whether you'll want the lamp to provide enough light for reading, or just enough for atmospheric, moody ambiance. For the former, you'll likely want a lamp with a taller base or the potential for a slightly more powerful bulb.
Mushroom designer lamps are practical, affordable, and long-lasting. To help inspire you to use them in your home, we've selected ten particularly beautiful variants. Which do you like best?