In this millennium, vintage and retro have been all the rage in just about every corner of the market from interior design and light fixtures to clothing and jewelry. Though like every trend, eventually it will go away. This leaves many people wondering if vintage light fixture are a good investment and a classy addition to their home, or if they're a waste of money and will make their space look trashy. Here's the low down on this home lighting trend.
What is Defined as "Vintage?"
Unfortunately, the exact age and definition of vintage can vary greatly. This makes it difficult to determine specific looks, styles, colors and so forth of pendants as 'vintage.' However, a widely accepted definition tends to be that 'vintage' can refer to any item, light fixture or otherwise, that is a minimum of 20 years old. Any younger, and it's just dated, not 'vintage.' Being less than 20 years old also does not make it 'retro' either, so be wary of items being marketed as 'vintage' or 'retro' that are not quite old enough to fit the bill.
With this in mind, vintage lighting fixtures can actually vary significantly in style. You'll find that a number of different looks can be marketed as 'vintage' including, but not limited to: art deco, mission, 1950s mid century modern, 1970s styles, Tiffany style and so forth. With this in mind, different vintage items can be repurposed to create unique, one-of-a-kind vintage light fixtures. This includes items such as old mason jars, vintage bird cages and many more.
It is also worth noting that just about every ceiling light out there is likely available in a vintage version. With marketing, you may notice that some items are marketed as 'vintage' even though they're brand-new. In these instances, 'vintage' is being referred to as a style. It does not refer to the age of the item. However, 'vintage' can also refer to the fact that the item may or may not be a reproduction of a vintage style, so be sure to read any and all information on the packaging.
Vintage lights to keep an eye out for include chandeliers, wall sconces and ceiling fixtures. These are surprisingly easy to come by, though they may need a bit of work to be brought up to current electrical standards. Other light fixtures to look for include table lamps and floor lamps, which again, may need new electrical wiring in order to be safe for use in today's modern homes.
In the end, the only person who can decide if you like these pendants is you, yourself. To many people, vintage light fixtures can add a touch of rustic to their home. They can also be used to incorporate industrial, chic or even Hollywood regency style into their home. This of course, is not for everyone. However, those that do enjoy the look of vintage pendants will find that these fixtures are classy, not trashy. Again, it is entirely up to your own personal preference. Only you can decide if these are for you!