Vintage kitchen lighting can come from authentic pieces or commercial reproduction. The purpose of both is to contribute a ‘classic feel’ to the overall design of a kitchen and provide the charm of a previous era while still providing illumination.
We mention ‘vintage’ as a way to describe an outdated look but excellent and appealing; old yet classic. As most old timers would say, ‘nothing beats the classics’ and it’s true. Outdated as it may seem, it never goes out of trend as more designers slip it into the interior design of bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens while still managing to make it work. It’s like an old friend making its way to our modern lives.
The effect of this type of lighting can be very dramatic. This type of lighting can completely alter a very modern room and tone it down to make the interior seem grounded, well-lived in and warm. It’s a great addition to a room but most appreciated if found in a kitchen where activities require less lighting. Also, if installed and placed in a strategic location, it can be the focal point of the kitchen.
When to buy authentic vintage kitchen lighting
Owning authentic pieces would be great as their value in the market is very high. Authenticity is highly sought out by collectors and artists. However, when buying vintage lighting, a person must only go for authentic pieces:
If you have the money. If you can spend a little bit more for the lighting, going for authentic pieces would be the best option. Restored vintage pieces will cost thousands of dollars due to the work done to restore it to its prime state.
If you want to be unique. Most authentic pieces are unique and difficult to replicate due to intricate patterns or designs. This is what makes these pieces very attractive to collectors.
If you only need at least two pieces. Authentic vintage lighting fixtures rarely come in pairs and when they do, they’re very expensive. Despite full restoration, some pairs may even look different from one another. So if you’re aiming for a uniform look, buying authentic ones may not work for your purpose.
When to buy replica vintage kitchen lighting
As most things that have gone past our time, replicas are manufactured to provide the comforts of long lost items. When it comes to vintage lighting fixtures however, replicas are made for different reasons. One must buy a replica:
If you are limited with a budget. Reproductions or replicas are cheaper than authentic pieces; the simpler the design, the cheaper. Although you can still find replicas that have intricate pattern and designs, the price increases as the design becomes more elaborate.
If you need uniformed lighting. As mentioned earlier, authentic pieces rarely come in pairs. So, if you need to get the classic-look and require a number of lighting fixtures, buying replicas is the only solution to get a uniformed look for your vintage kitchen lighting.