8 Mushroom Lamps to Brighten Up Your Home in Retro Style
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.
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.
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.