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Art Deco Bathroom Lighting

Art Deco Bathroom Lighting

If you're aiming to beautify a bathroom from the era between the wars, your first stop might be Paris—the 1925 Paris Exposition, that is. That famed exposition introduced Art Deco to the world through a wealth of cutting-edge modernist designs, and it was also the source of the name. Within a few years, Deco crossed the Atlantic to become the design imprimatur for American consumer goods throughout the 1930s. Its influence can be seen in creations as disparate as storefronts and theaters, furniture and packaging, and even such basic household fixtures as bathroom sinks and lights. And if what you specifically seek are lights, you're in luck. What follows are a half-dozen authentic lighting styles appropriate for 1930s bathrooms, almost all of them available through today's reproduction lighting companies.
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Art Deco Bathroom Lighting

Art Deco was considered revolutionary because it turned its back on the vegetable and animal motifs found in traditional designs to embrace angular geometry and the machine age. The style grew out of two popular early 20th-century avant-garde movements: Cubist art and Bauhaus architecture, both of which were defined by sheer, faceted surfaces. When this ultra-modern thinking made the leap from art canvasses and buildings to furniture and industrial items, those angular lines softened to create the distinctive flowing geometric forms that became iconic of the 1930s. Deco's exuberant take on design also came to embody a sense of optimism, something desperately needed by an American public stuck in a downtrodden decade.
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Art Deco Bathroom Lighting

Art Deco Style Bold, retro, and all around fun, our art deco style lighting fixtures and decor items are the perfect accompaniment to modern as well as more traditional decor. Whether you want bright colors with swirled patterns and jewels, or more sleek and posh designs, our design team has something here for you to appreciate. Find unique chandeliers, vibrant pendant lights, and bold floor lamps. You will also find loads of decor items and accessories, like cabinet hardware, fountains, and door knockers to add an eye-catching touch anywhere you please. Have a look around and find hundreds of items to fall in love with. Mix and match, or stick with one design theme for a tailored look throughout your home.
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Art Deco Bathroom Lighting

Vintage Bathroom Lighting Brighten your bathroom with period lighting from our popular bathroom lighting collection. Bathroom light fixtures are available as pendants, wall sconces that can double as bathroom vanity lights, or as bathroom ceiling lights for those older, dimly-lit bathrooms.
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Art Deco Bathroom Lighting

Improved task lighting in bathrooms was of growing interest during the Deco era, and the prime focus was the lavatory mirror used for shaving and make-up. The recommended solution for a shadowless reflection was to mount matching fixtures at either side of the mirror. The iconic Deco-era example is the streamlined tube, which reflected the nation's growing fascination with speed fueled by the early days of commercial passenger flight and the popularity of rail travel.
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Art Deco Bathroom Lighting

Brighten your bathroom with period lighting from our popular bathroom lighting collection. Bathroom light fixtures are available as pendants, wall sconces that can double as bathroom vanity lights, or as bathroom ceiling lights for those older, dimly-lit bathrooms.
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Art Deco Bathroom Lighting

Bold, retro, and all around fun, our art deco style lighting fixtures and decor items are the perfect accompaniment to modern as well as more traditional decor. Whether you want bright colors with swirled patterns and jewels, or more sleek and posh designs, our design team has something here for you to appreciate. Find unique chandeliers, vibrant pendant lights, and bold floor lamps. You will also find loads of decor items and accessories, like cabinet hardware, fountains, and door knockers to add an eye-catching touch anywhere you please. Have a look around and find hundreds of items to fall in love with. Mix and match, or stick with one design theme for a tailored look throughout your home.
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Art Deco Bathroom Lighting

Another ceiling option was a simple globe set into an Art Deco-influenced base bearing a heavy, repeating geometric pattern full of the chevrons and sunrise themes so closely connected with the style. While the base was ornate, the light was also understated thanks to low-profile dimensions and a pairing with a simple milk glass globe. Original bases were most likely made of brass or chrome, but modern lighting companies offer these light fixtures in a range of finishes, as well as a selection of globes that feature additional geometric details, such as concentric circles ridged into the glass or repeating raised squares.
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Inspired by the grand age of ocean travel, the Tranquil Bay collection gives your bath a dashing nautical flair. Art Deco in style, these sconces feature banded glass shades, spherical accents and a brilliant chrome finish.
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The Hollister Bath Collection offers a fresh interpretation of the traditional candle sconce with shade. Inspired by Art Deco designs of the 1930s, it translates classic elements into bold geometric shapes, perfectly rendered in etched white glass and polished chrome. Tapered shades of etched opal glass create a warm and flattering light – perfect for your powder room or bath.
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The Hollister Bath Collection offers a fresh interpretation of the traditional candle sconce with shade. Inspired by Art Deco designs of the 1930s, it translates classic elements into bold geometric shapes, perfectly rendered in etched white glass and polished chrome. A tapered shade of etched opal glass creates a warm and flattering light – perfect for your powder room or bath.
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Another memorable sidelight design paid homage to the burgeoning skylines of the day with shades shaped like a building reaching for the sky. Molded of frosted glass and bearing a shade that was completely enclosed, these fixtures radiated a soft glow. The shades were usually three-tiered, often bearing vertical striations on each section—a form that mimics the famous Deco design of the Empire State Building. Original lights were mounted on porcelain brackets and sometimes color-matched to a bathroom's tile work. Porcelain was considered particularly appropriate for use in bathrooms because it was non-porous, easy to clean, and therefore sanitary. Sometimes the brackets also harbored electrical outlets for plugging in the wide array of grooming appliances that were just being marketed.
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Wall lights with horizontal “turtle” shades were a standard fixture in kitchens and baths of the 1920s and 30s. The streamline silhouette sits tight to the wall, yet provides abundant light. Based on a vintage original, our stylish sconce is made of solid brass and includes two Deco style shades.
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Streamline styling is related to Deco, but inspired by aerodynamic engineering, it stripped down ornamentation, played up fluid lines, and highlighted industrial materials such as shiny chrome accents. Sometimes polished aluminum, a material borrowed from the nascent airline industry, was used. While streamlined tubes were often enclosed to offer a diffused glow, they also could be open at the top to provide stronger ambient light. Various styles could have accents of concentric bands of chrome and sport elongated, decorative metal finials.
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Fan shades were another shape popular for sidelight designs because they exaggerated the chevron pattern so integral to the Deco movement. Often, the fans repeated themselves like ripples formed in water by a skipping stone. Because fans were open at the top and sometimes the bottom, too, they offered the benefits of indirect light via a beam that bounced off of the walls and then onto the person in front of the mirror.
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The Saint Clair series is influenced by nature and compliments Arts and Crafts as well as Art Nouveau styles. With their rose filigree and beautiful combination art glass, these decorative masterpieces won’t disappoint. Hand made in the USA of solid brass and art glass. Fixture measures 4 1/4″ tall, 18″ wide and 4″ deep.
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Rejuvenation is a classic American lighting and house parts general store for home improvement whose mission is to add real value to homes, buildings, and projects. From the front porch to the back door, we provide lighting, hardware, bath hardware and functional home goods based on the best pieces of the past, designed for today, and made to last for years to come. The majority of our hardwired lighting products are made to order at our manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon, and we pride ourselves on partnering with American craftspeople and vendors whenever possible.
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Rejuvenation Rejuvenation is a classic American lighting and house parts general store for home improvement whose mission is to add real value to homes, buildings, and projects. From the front porch to the back door, we provide lighting, hardware, bath hardware and functional home goods based on the best pieces of the past, designed for today, and made to last for years to come. The majority of our hardwired lighting products are made to order at our manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon, and we pride ourselves on partnering with American craftspeople and vendors whenever possible.
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