Lava lamps were the quintessential lighting staple of the ’60s and ’70s, but the novelty home decor piece is making a major comeback in modern dwellings as of late. The psychedelic light fixture was dreamed up in a bar back in 1963, inspired by the bubbling motion of an egg timer, but these neon lamps actually have a somewhat tranquilizing effect. They’re the perfect accent piece for any eclectic, retro, or bohemian interior design style, and they’re (surprisingly) an affordable investment to boot.
Lava lamps made a major comeback back in the ’90s but were more synonymous with funky children decor for the playroom, or, at best, hippie counterculture as opposed to adult-friendly lighting fixtures. However, lava lamps actually do still exist, and the contemporary versions of the original models are far less juvenile—and somewhat surprisingly—cool accent pieces to add a dash of the past to your apartment or house. If you’re in the mood to add a bit of kitsch to your current collection, we’ve rounded up a few neat lava lamps to give your space a cool, kaleidoscopic vibe with just one piece.
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1. Original Lava Lamp
This model is made by the official Original Lava Lamp line and features a traditional, retro-inspired body with a multicolored (yellow wax and purple liquid) lava interior. This model has a twenty-ounce capacity, classic motion style, and a sturdy metal base.
Buy: Original Lava Lamp
2. My. Groovy Tabletop Lava Lamp
This miniature lava lamp gives the same neat lighting effects as full-sized models but is smaller in size to accommodate dorm rooms, studio apartments, offices, and smaller spaces in general.
Buy: My. Groovy Tabletop Lava Lamp
3. Schylling Colormax Lava Lamp
With a unique galaxy-inspired design throughout, this contemporary lava lamp gets a modern spin-off of the classic design. The liquid also features silver glitter and star decals for an ultra space-inspired effect.
Buy: Schylling Colormax Lava Lamp