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Five Stunning Cloche Shaped Table Lamps

The word ‘cloche’ might make you think of a 1920s-inspired piece of headwear, or a useful piece of glass used to protect plants. It’s the distinctive shape we’re focussing on today, though – more specifically, how designers have used it to produce really stylish pieces of lighting. Join us as we present our five favourite cloche-shaped table lamps, each of them currently available from respected online retailers.

Blythe Mercury Cloche Table Lamp

Blythe Mercury Cloche Table Lamp – £89, M&S

We start with M&S’s cloche-shaped table light will fit in well with any style of interior decor, and is made from mercury (otherwise known as silvered) glass: that is, glass blown to form a double wall, which then has had silvering applied within the layers. In this case, the silvering has been applied in a sort of mottled or marbled pattern, which enables the light to emerge atmospherically from the gaps. The lamp sits on a whitewashed wooden base.Harper Glass Cloche Table Lamp

Harper Glass Cloche Table Lamp – £45, Matalan

The simple design of Matalan’s cloche table lamp has an almost industrial edge. Its curved shade is made from clear glass and sits atop a shiny chrome base unit to which a simple bulb-holding chrome fitting has been applied. At 23cm high and 14cm wide, this minimalistic piece of lighting packs a lot of design punch for its diminutive size and will fit in well with your home no matter what its style.

Silver Cloche Lamp with LED Fairy Lights by 5th Avenue Trend

Silver Cloche Lamp with LED Fairy Lights – £23.99, 5th Avenue Trend

5th Avenue Trend’s cloche lamp consists of a domed lid on top of a metal base, inside which you’ll find a string of white LED fairy lights. Suitable for indoor use only, this charming piece is operated by three AAA batteries and will add a lovely atmospheric feel to your room, especially as the nights draw in and winter approaches. It’s 27cm high and 11cm wide so it wont be too obtrusive as it does so!V&A and John Lewis Paxton Cloche Table Lamp

Paxton Cloche Table Lamp – £135, V&A and John Lewis

If you like your home accessories to have a bit of history and design pedigree attached to them, this Paxton cloche table lamp from John Lewis might be of interest to you. Inspired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, this stunning lamp is named after Sir Joseph Paxton, who designed the Crystal Palace in 1851 – and it draws many of its design details from that structure. Its mirrored smoked glass dome sits on top of a wooden base.

Stylish Glass Cloche 37cm Table Lamp Base by First Choice Lighting

Stylish Glass Cloche Table Lamp Base – £21.99, First Choice Lighting

Our final choice is something slightly different – the light emitting part of this cloche table lamp base is above the dome, rather than within it! What’s really special about this piece, though, is that the glass dome actually lifts from its polished chrome base, meaning you can display things within it – such as dried flowers, photo frames or even books – the choice is yours! Finish this one off with your favourite lampshade.

Best of the Vintage-style Sideboards

They fell out of vogue for quite some time, but the trend for vintage designs brought back sideboards with it and besides…they’re just so useful, aren’t they? Our five favourite vintage-style sideboards prove that this versatile piece of furniture deserves a place in your living room!Twiggy Orange and White '60s Style 4-door Sideboard

Twiggy Orange and White ’60s Style 4-door Sideboard – £250.50, Maisons du Monde

We start with an instant mood-lifter: the Twiggy white and orange four-door sideboard from Maisons du Monde. With its cubic form, relief patterns and rounded edges, it simply screams retro ’60s style and will add cheer to your everyday life with its pop art stylings and bright colour scheme. It’ll fit right into any Swinging London boutique…or indeed your living room! As functional as it is striking, it houses eight useful compartments in its 114 by 111cm frame.

West Elm Mid-Century Small Sideboard

Mid-Century Small Sideboard – £660, West Elm

With a rather more sober take on retro style, but no less deserving of attention, West Elm’s mid-century small sideboard draws its inspiration from timeless Scandinavian designs of the ’50s and ’60s. This can most clearly be seen in its silhouette, with its slim legs and bevelled edges. It may have a streamlined shape, but it has plenty of space, with three drawers and a cabinet with a single door. It’s finished with handles in an antique bronze finish.

Carraway 3-Door Sideboard

Carraway 3-Door Sideboard – £679 (was £849), M&S

This isn’t just any vintage-style sideboard…it’s an M&S art deco-style sideboard! We absolutely love the Carraway range, which includes an equally glamorous drinks cabinet. Both are in the sale, so there’s never been a better time to add them to your collection. The fold-out doors on this sideboard have been spray-lacquered in a light grey colour, then etched with an Art Deco pattern, whereas the legs are made from dark-stained timber.

Passion for Retro 2 Door Sideboard by Mia Casa

Passion for Retro Two-door Sideboard – £341.02, Mia Casa

This Passion for Retro ’60s-style two-door sideboard really doesn’t try to hide its influences – and isn’t it fabulous? Another flashback to the ’60s, with its white, turquoise and wood colour scheme, it features sliding doors and enclosed storage. Expertly crafted from wood that’s been oven-dried to reduce the risk of cracking in the joints, this is a quality piece that will add elegance and interest to your interior decor.

Monty Retro Large Sideboard

Monty Retro Large Sideboard – £159, Very.co.uk

Another piece influenced by Midcentury pieces, this large ’50s-style Monty sideboard from Very is part of a range that includes a TV unit as well as lamp and coffee tables. At just £159, it’s an affordable way to inject some vintage style into your surroundings, with its contrasting walnut-effect finish and contrasting white drawers and its distinctive tapered legs. Both cupboards contain removable and adjustable shelves for maximum flexibility.