6 Mushroom Lamps to Brighten Up Your Home in Retro Style

This '70s lighting trend is making a huge comeback.

Much like the fungi for which they're named, mushroom lamps are currently spreading like crazy. Their striking shape, which reminds of a capped mushroom, sets these trendy fixtures apart from traditional table lamps. With a wide, domed shade and clean silhouette, the iconic lighting often features modern metallic finishes or glossy colors. Although mushroom lamps often have a space-age feel, these futuristic light fixtures are nothing new. We're now seeing the style pop up at retailers like Target and West Elm, but the mushroom lamp trend has roots in the '60s and '70s.

vintage brown and orange bedroom image from may 1972 issue
Image from the Better Homes & Gardens May 1972 issue. Blaine Moats

In fact, we covered the trend in the May 1972 issue of Better Homes & Gardens. With its distinctive shape and high-shine finish, the chrome lamp in this retro bedroom is a focal point, even next to a bold coverlet and matching painted mural.

Nearly 50 years later, mushroom lamps are back in the spotlight. According to Etsy's 2021 report on home decor trends, searches for mushroom lamps have ballooned 371% in the past three months, compared to the same time last year. You can now find tabletop options and full-size floor lamps in a wide variety of shiny metallic, matte, and colorful finishes.

black and white wall behind bed
Brie Williams

Like the originals, today's mushroom lamps offer two benefits in one: Their silhouettes add a sculptural element to a room, and their domed shades cast light downward to create warm ambiance wherever you put them. Try the trend in your space with these modern versions of the mid-century favorite.

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Matte Brass Mushroom Lamp

brass mushroom lamp
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This mushroom lamp lends vintage style to your bedside table. Easy-reach pull chains control two separate bulbs, so you can adjust the ambiance or direct light to one side. The 21-inch-tall brushed metal lamp is available in matte brass, blackened steel, and rose gold.

Buy It: Globe Electric Haydel Table Lamp ($55, Amazon)

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Retro Mushroom Lamp

blue mushroom table lamp
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Bring an eclectic, retro look to your bedroom or living space with this mushroom lamp. Made of iron, the domed light fixture (which measures 13 inches tall) is available in cobalt blue or a warm clay color. A matte finish adds just the right amount of shine.

Buy It: Joy Indigo Table Lamp ($129, Crate & Barrel)

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Mercury Glass Mushroom Lamp

mushroom lamp with mercury glass shade on table
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An organic shape gives this table lamp an even stronger resemblance to fungi. Sitting atop a stout satin brass stem, the mercury glass shade gives off a warm, filtered glow. The solid marble base features rubber tracking underneath to prevent slipping or damage to furniture. The lamp measures 14 inches tall.

Buy It: Mercer 41 Gerlak Gold Table Lamp ($160, Wayfair)

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Pink Mushroom Lamp

pink glass mushroom lamp
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Inspired by authentic Murano glass designs, this adorable mushroom lamp is handcrafted from semi-transparent glass. The bulbous shape is especially fun in a bubble gum pink hue. The 10-inch-tall lamp is available for pre-order now and expected to ship in June.

Buy It: Pink Glass Mushroom Table Lamp ($70, Etsy)

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Mushroom Floor Lamp

gold floor lamp
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Mushroom lamps aren't just for tables. Measuring about 5 feet tall, this floor lamp features a distinctive curved base and an oversized shade in a glossy brass finish. The top is adjustable, making this an ideal reading light for a living room or den.

Buy It: Valencia Floor Lamp ($60, Target)

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Double-Dome Table Lamp

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This mushroom lamp's unusual silhouette and marble details grab extra attention. The textured matte black shades are crafted from iron, while the base is natural black Marquina marble. Perfect for nightstands or desks, the lamp measures 22 inches tall.

Buy It: Domes Black Marble Table Lamp ($249, CB2)

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