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Decorating with Mission Style Stained Glass

Mission style light fixtures, also known as Frank Lloyd Wright, Arts & Crafts, Craftsman, Prairie, or Southwest stained glass, are among of the most popular styles today. Mission style is characterized by straight lines, which form squares and rectangles. Mission table lamps come with straight-edged stained glass shades and bases. Their bases are usually made from oak or metal castings.

What is "Mission Style"?

The terms Arts & Crafts style and Mission style are often used synonymously. They refer to a style of stained glass that showcases a pronounced geometry in design. Not all Mission style light fixtures fit the classic mold. The lines drawn between Mission, Craftsman, and Arts & Crafts lighting styles are subjective at best. Yet, to the detailed eye, the style differences are obvious, and what we call Transitional Mission lamps rests comfortably in that gray area.

While debate continues about the true origin of the term "Mission", the style itself remains distinct and popular to this day. Emerging from the Arts & Crafts movement in the 1860s, it was a protest against the mass-produced ornate decor of the Victorian Era. Mission was less a philosophy than a look, which can be summed up as square and rustic. Experiencing a resurgence of popularity in the late 20th century and into the 21st, the Mission style continues to gain admirers.

Combining a square vocabulary with softer curves and profiles drawn from classical and colonial sources, Transitional Mission style is lighter and more feminine than its related styles, making it especially suitable for rooms that benefit from a less formal approach.  

Mission Style Stained Glass

Mission style stained glass tends to be very different from Tiffany style stained glass. One of the biggest differences is the color, which is very subtle, taking a lot of its inspiration from the earth, specifically the desert. The colors of the stained glass are usually brown, gold, and amber. Occasionally you might also find green, red, or rich orange.

 These colored stained glass lights are meant to go perfectly with simple dark wood furniture and earthy tones. In home design and furnishings it emphasizes natural materials, especially wood. Their tremendous revival in popularity stems largely from their association with handcrafted elements, a rarity in this technologically advanced age. The stained glass pieces offer an heirloom quality and a patina that deepens with age. Mission and Arts & Crafts style furnishings and interiors are also typically very durable and classic, with a timeless appeal.

 Add Mission Style to Your Decor

Adding Mission style stained glass, decor and accessories to your homes decor is a great way to improve the interior design of your home. You can combine Mission and Art Nouveau style items, which add warmth with the interesting lines and feel of a Frank Lloyd Wright room, or make your den cozy with a Mission ceiling light.

Mission style sconces are great for accenting your fireplace and creating ambiance. You can also use Mission style light fixtures outdoors. Metal and mica sconces usually have the look and feel of carriage lamps, making them perfect for garages, entryways and patios.

At Smashing Stained Glass we are dedicated to providing our customers with helpful design ideas, lighting information, and the finest quality stained glass at the best prices. We offer unparalleled customer service and support to ensure satisfaction with every purchase.

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