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Mica Floor Lamps

Design Tips:

  • Mica floor lamps cast a soft glow through the shade and create a pool of light below or above, making them perfect for ambient light.
  • Mica shades are durable but not unbreakable. Do not place mica floor lamps or floor lamps with glass shades in high traffic areas where they could be tipped over.
  • Mica floor lamps are perfect for Mission or Craftsman style furniture and interior design.
Originating in the later 19th century with the advent of the Arts & Crafts design movement, mica became a popular material for lamp shades on floor lamps, table lamps and ceiling fixtures including chandeliers and pendants. The natural mineral flakes are mixed with shellac or produced in sheets to create panels for lampshades. These mica lampshades come in a range of colors from pale cream to deep amber, depending on the finish. This range of warm toned colors can be paired with a number of lamp base styles to create stylish floor lamps that recall the hand-crafted craftsmanship of earlier days and designs.


Mica floor lamps tend to follow the traditional style of the original mica lamp shades of the Arts & Crafts movement. Paired with warm, antique metal finishes like bronze, aged brass and copper, the rich tones of the mica become the star. Craftsman, Mission and Modern styles are common styles for mica floor lamps as well as traditional floor lamps. Simple shapes on the shades and bases keep the focus on the unusual color and patterns of the mica mineral that composes the shades.


Mica floor lamps can be used wherever floor lamps are used throughout the home, office, hotel or professional setting. The warm, diffused light from the mica shade give these floor lamps a unique light that bathes the space in a warm glow. Mica floor lamps can be found in single lights to multiple lights, providing a wide range of lighting applications for ambient or task lighting like reading lamps. A mica floor lamp would be right at home in a corner, hall or nook—anywhere where light is needed but space is tight.


The Arcadian Home collection includes mica floor lamps by such leading designers as: Adesso, Kenroy, Lite Source, Nova Lighting and Meyda Tiffany. For additional floor lamps, browse our wide selection of lamps and light fixtures.

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Mica lamp shades first became popular during the Arts and Crafts design movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At the time Mica shades were designed to suit Arts & Crafts lamp bases of copper and bronze. Mica is a mineral that easily flakes into translucent fragments. These Mica flakes are combined with shellacs to create a delicate but stable material that can be used in lampshades. Mica shades come in an number of styles, shapes and sizes. Mica shades create a soft, warm, diffused light. Mica shade on floor lamps are a nice way to bring a natural element in a room's design.
The beautiful Mica shade on the Quoizel Mica Leaf transitional floor lamp seen here is a standout. The beautiful dark toned base has traditional details in a more modern design. A transitional base is a neutral design that allows this floor lamp to be used in a number of interior styles. The leaf finial and the soft greens of the Mica shade bring a sense of the outdoors and nature into this living room. Transitional floor lamps make great additions to living rooms and family rooms—anywhere were a floor lamp could create a reading nook or provide ambient light next to a seating area or console table.

Q & A of the Day

  • I would like to know where the switch is located on the lamp and what the switch looks like. Can you please email a picture or give me some verbal description. Thank you.
    William Dec 02, 2006
    For the San Gabriel Mica Torchiere Lamp model BO-469. There is a turn switch located on the metal portion just before the shade.
    Sandy - Arcadian Lighting Dec 05, 2006

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