Hurricane lamps generally consist of a base that holds a candle and a glass shade. Beyond that, the category includes a large variety of designs, making hurricane lamps versatile items for many styles of decor. The only items needed to make your own hurricane lamp are a candle holder and a freestanding hurricane shade.
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Outdoor Entertaining Feature
The glass shade surrounding the candle in a hurricane lamp protects the flame from wind, making it a suitable way to use candlelight outdoors. Romantic, moody lighting warms up an outdoor seating or dining area. Choosing multiple lamps and coloured glass projects an eclectic garden look.
Encrusted Lamp Base
An encrusted lamp base helps to create a theme in a room or a glamorous piece of art to punctuate it. If you can't find an encrusted hurricane lamp in stores or don't want to pay designer prices, you can make your own by covering the lamp base with silk flowers, seashells, faux craft jewels, decorative pebbles, beads or other small items. A mosaic base with broken tile, china or glass and grout is another way to make an artistic hurricane lamp.
Placing your hurricane lamp on a plate, tray or mirror and surrounding it with seasonal decorations or a wreath of foliage makes a luminous seasonal centrepiece. Moss and budding twigs, pine cones, evergreen foliage, fruit, fall leaves or fake snow are all possibilities for materials. Anything flammable should remain outside the lamp shade, away from the candle.
Hurricane lamps are typically found in other areas of the house, but using them in a bathroom is an unexpected surprise that takes the room from functional to spalike and serene. Candlelight creates a luxurious bathroom retreat for long, relaxing soaks in the tub.
During the winter holiday season, a hurricane lamp without the candle works as holiday decor. Filled with shiny ornaments, it can be displayed with other glass bowls and vases filled the same way. For variety, one container filled with water and cranberries, or a silver vase with red flowers or winter greenery, compliments a hurricane lamp decoration.
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