If you have never considered investing in brass light fixtures before, now is the perfect time to try something new. These beautiful ‘old world’ lanterns and table lamps are stylish, timeless, and make the perfect addition to any family home. While brass is a less popular choice for interior fixtures than glass and ceramic, this is usually due to misconceptions about how easy it is to maintain and clean.
With brass lanterns, you can create a super traditional vibe, with an old fashioned flair. Or, you can mix and match brass pieces with more modern fixtures, in order to create an eclectic and esoteric interior space. Either way, you need to pick your brass lanterns carefully. Check out this extraordinary Greenwich Hall Lantern, from the Limehouse Lamp Company. It is finely crafted, made out of solid brass, and looks outstanding in a hallway or reception room.
These handy tips and tricks for decorating with interior brass lanterns will help you to get inspired and start using light as a design tool.
Modern Vs Traditional
It is not true that brass lanterns only suit other traditional styles and furnishings. It is perfectly possible, with the right eye for interior design, to pair old fashioned light fixtures with more modern features like contemporary furniture and minimalistic floorplans. The key to making this work is balance and consistency.
For example, take a look at this Wheelhouse Wall Lamp, from the Limehouse Lamp Company. It is sleek and stylish, but it would only fit well in a more modern space if there were other similar highlights dotted about the room. So, you could add a pair of brass picture frames, as a way bring the two styles (modern and traditional) together.
Or, if you are a big fan of the classic look, you can always commit fully to traditional features, fixtures, and accessories. Solid brass is a very warm material and it looks beautiful in studies, home offices, hallways, reception rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms. The brass lantern is a fixture that never goes out of style. It is easy to install and maintain, as well as being a bold and rewarding design choice.
Keeping Brass Lanterns Clean
The good news is that caring for brass fixtures is relatively straightforward. The only things to avoid, at all costs, are scrubbing too hard, cleaning with a very tough or abrasive material, and handling the brass too directly. While it will not always be possible to clean light fixtures without touching them, keep contact to a minimum as the oils in skin can tarnish brass.
You need to start with a mild soap and water solution. Use a soft microfiber cloth to gently rub the surface of the brass and remove grime and dirt. If there are awkward crevices, dip an old toothbrush into the water and use it to reach tricky spots. Though it might sound strange, a clever trick for stubborn stains is to treat them with tomato ketchup.
Yes, this really does work. If you have a grimy brass lantern or table lamp that needs cleaning, coat the dirty areas with a thin layer of tomato sauce. Leave to rest for an hour and then rinse with warm, soapy water. You will be amazed at the results; and all with nothing more than the supplies in your kitchen cupboard. See, there is nothing scary about brass. It is timeless, classic, wonderfully stylish, and an all-round great choice for your home.
To shop for high quality brass lanterns and browse collections from the Limehouse Lamp Company, click here to visit Abbeygate Lighting today. Or, call 01394 288 240 for directions to your nearest showroom or store.