Table lamps not only provide additional light to a space, but they can also bring a dose of interesting style or add balance to a living room sofa. Since there are endless options of table lamps, begin your search by determining how you want them to function and what you want them to bring to the space aesthetically. More
When and where should you use table lamps? Table lamps are great for adding a soft, warm light to spaces, and can be used in addition to ceiling fixtures. Traditionally, table lamps are found flanking sofas, chairs or beds; they're best for places where you may find yourself reading. However, table lamps can be placed anywhere you feel a need for extra light: on an entry way console, or in a nook along a staircase.
How do you determine the right size? Pay attention to the height and shade width of potential table lamps as you want it to be both functional and proportional to the room's decor. When sitting on a table, be sure that the lamp is tall enough to cast light over your shoulder for reading. If it's more of a decorative piece, you want the height to complement its surrounding furnishings. As for the shade, remember that a narrow brim will cast direct light while a wider one will allow the light to shine on a larger area. Determine where you want the light to reach to decide what's right for you. In addition, be sure the shade contains the lamp's bulb and socket, these should not be visible.
What type of lamp should you choose? This depends on where the lamp is going to be used and what it will be accompanying. A standard, shaded lamp is common for side tables, but if you're looking to decorate a console, a taller buffet lamp might better complement the space. If you need a lamp for a small desk, a candlestick lamp or small accent table lamp may be more appropriate. If you have a spot perfect for a tall, statement piece, think about using a table torchiere: these direct light upward creating a warm, accent glow to your room.
What style should you consider? Table lamps come in endless styles, so the decision should be based on your personal taste and the style that will complement your current decor. Choose a lamp with funky geometric designs for a retro look, or find one with elegant, curved lines for a lamp that is more traditional.
How can you affect the amount of light your lamp emits? The amount of lighting your lamp emits is dependent on the chosen shade and bulb. A white shade will emit a brighter glow, while a darker or opaque shade will mute the light's effect. Bulb wattage also plays an important role: the higher the wattage, the brighter the light. However, be careful not to exceed your lamp's wattage limit. Choose a lamp with a dimmer to control your preferred brightness.
With table lamps ranging from the contemporary to the traditional to unusual, our collection is a great place to get ideas on what will work best for your home.