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.