Some antique floor lamp styles include Tiffany, Victorian and Art Deco. Louis Comfort Tiffany was a painter long before he began designing his famous lamps. Upon developing an interest in stained glass, Tiffany experimented with different colors and techniques, eventually developing lampshades that looked like miniature mosaics. He patented his trademark Favrile glass, a method that added an iridescent quality to his work. As of 2015, Tiffany Studios' New York location restores antique lamps and makes more affordable reproductions.
The reign of Britain's Queen Victoria, which covered much of the mid-to-late 19th century, ushered in a time of opulence. House furnishings, including floor and table lamps, were covered with beads, ribbons, lace and decadent embroidery. Upper-class homes were switching from gas to electricity, which made it possible to have all those frills on lampshades without creating a fire hazard.
The Art Deco era of the early 20th century did away with the beads and lace and embraced the natural world. A floor lamp from the area may resemble a tree, complete with a life-size bird at the base. Matching pairs of lamps were popular, including one option that had a simple base that fluted as it rose to the top. The lamps, which resembled natural rock crystals, sat inside the top of the flutes.