Do you want a modern/vintage look in your home or apartment? Lighting can be one of the easiest ways to transform the look of your space without an expensive renovation. If you like the look of vintage light fixtures but you want something with a modern twist, this post is for you.
The number of choices when you shop online is so vast that it’s overwhelming. Once you find a store that does one thing right, you can save time by only shopping in those one or two stores.
First I should say, this is not a sponsored post. My go-to stores for vintage lighting fixtures on a budget are Rejuvenation.com, Schoolhouse.com, and Ballard Design. Each one has a category of lighting that they do best, at a reasonable price.
You might wonder “Is Rejuvenation part of Pottery Barn?” Rejuvenation is one store under the Williams Sonoma umbrella, and so is Pottery barn.
Vintage Chandeliers and Pendant Lamps
Pendants and chandelier lights are most frequently used in kitchens and dining rooms. This may make you think you can only use these if you own a home, but that’s not the case. The good news is there are plug-in pendants that don’t require any wiring. You simply plug them into the wall and hang them from the ceiling with a hook.
Most of the fixtures below come in different finishes, brushed satin, and polished nickel. In some cases, they come in different colors, too.
- Satellite 3 Chandelier – This one comes in satin nickel, polished nickel and black too.
- Scout Chandelier – This is the one I eyed for a few months waiting for a sale. It comes in multiple finishes with shade color options to fit your personal style.
- Haleigh Dome Pendant – This light comes in multiple finishes.
- Butte Dome Pendant – This dome comes in white, bronze, blue and red.
- Carson Plug in Pendant – This is a great solution if you live in a place you rent. You can still get overhead lighting without installing it.
- Apartment Plug n Pendant – The name of this product really drives home the point that you can put it anywhere
Table or Desk Lighting
Lamps are one type of lighting you can buy just about everywhere. Even Target and Walmart have a large selection.
These table lamps have more flare and add a bit more style than what you will find in the average retail store. Desk lamps and side table lamps add a ton of character, and they can easily move with you to your new home, so it can be worth spending a little more than you would at Target or Walmart.
- Donna Table lamp – This lamp has an oak wood base that comes in different finishes and the shade comes in different colors.
- Stand Drum Table Lamp – This lamp also comes in a polished aluminum finish as well as a floor lamp size
- Sullivan Table Lamp – Base colors come in red, black, green, white and grey.
- Palo Alto Table Lamp – Comes in brass and black.
- Studio Desk Lamp – Comes in black, white, and yellow and is also available in a floor lamp size.
- Crystal Cut Lamp – Comes in two sizes, this is the smaller one which would be perfect on a mantle or on a night stand.
I like to find one or two stores that do something well and limit my shopping to those options. I have different stores for floor lamps because I have found prices at Schoolhouse to be out of sight. Check out Ballard Design for some affordable floor lamps that make a statement.
Floor lamps are the best way to get more light into a room when you can’t install any ceiling lights or mounted lights. Because they are so large they make a big impact. Almost every room could benefit from a floor lamp.
- Brittan Floor lamp – Only available in black
- Drum floor lamp – This comes in multiple wood finishes as the base and multiple shade colors.
- Ada Floor Lamp – Also comes in brass
- Cylinder Task floor lamp – Also comes in white/brass
If you are looking for authentic vintage lighting rather than a new light fixture there are several places to explore.
- An architectural salvage
- Flea markets
- An Etsy shop. Etsy is a collection of small businesses. Look for one that specializes in antique lights or has a vintage lighting collection
- Antique dealers or an antique store
- An Estate Sale
Of course, it is always important to inquire about old wiring if you are buying a genuine antique. You want to be certain the old fixture is in good working order.
Another option is to update an existing light fixture with vintage shades or original lighting parts. This might be the perfect way to get the aesthetic value of vintage fixtures at a fraction of the cost.
I’d love to hear about your favorite vintage lighting sources. Before you go, you might be interested in Shabby Chic Lighting Ideas that Deliver That Cottage Style.