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Table Lamps

As both a practical and decorative element, table lamps are an essential accessory for any living space, from the bedroom to the entryway. In a room with a high ceiling fixture, they can provide extra light while you read or work. In a space lacking direction, a decorative table lamp can add a pop of color and style. While you search for the right fixture for your space, consider the following guidelines:

Where should my table lamp go and what should it be used for?


When considering what sort of fixture you want, you should first think about its function. Do you want something that will provide light to read by in bed? If so, you might want to consider bedside lamps with an easy to use drawstring. Consider the ideal size as well by thinking about how much light you need and how much space you have. Small table lamps might fit better on a nightstand and provide a simple, clean look for the bedroom. On the other hand, if you’re looking for table lamps for the living room or an accent piece to spruce up a hallway, you might look at bold, modern fixtures. Before you buy, you should also identify which features you’d like as you choose among touch-operated, adjustable or battery-operated table lamps. In particular, a dimmable table lamp could provide excellent ambiance in an entryway or living room.

What table lamp styles will work best for me?


Bringing in a stylish lighting fixture is a great opportunity to add color and character to your space. Sleek, modern table lamps can bring a fresh look to a living room with otherwise basic furniture. Simply choose one in a clean white color or with a minimalist design that will work with your other pieces. Or, if you’re going for a farmhouse look, choose among rustic table lamps with a reclaimed wood finish. Consider both the shade color and the base finish you’d like. For example, in a calming, all-white bedroom, white-washed wood nightstand lamps with white shades could work especially well. But if you’re going for an elegant transitional look, consider incorporating brass table lamps with richly colored fabric shades. Not all shades come in fabric either -- you may want something in glass or crystal. For example, vintage table lamps with turn-of-the-century Tiffany style stained glass can give your home a cozy feeling. While contemporary table lamps with chic crystal designs will create a striking focal point.

What materials are best for table lamps?


When choosing a new lighting fixture, you have several choices for the base and shade material, each of which will give off a different look and feel. To make a decision, think about the mood you want to create and how bright a light you want in your space. Glass table lamps will look more formal and can serve as a striking accent piece almost like a vase. Lighting fixtures with a ceramic base can look equally decorative. These sorts of pieces work well as hallway or living room table lamps, where you want to make an impression. For example, ceramic table lamps in a soft blue finish or with a geometric design can effortlessly bring a room together. For something less fragile and more versatile, a wood base is a great option. Whether you want to go for a mid-century, rustic or traditional look, a wood table lamp can go in any of these directions and add to a comforting, homey feeling. For bedside table lamps, pair a wood base with a simple fabric shade to get more muted, golden light to read and relax by. For entryways or formal living rooms, try incorporating less expected materials. A crystal table lamp will create a dazzling show of light, while a copper table lamp will make light seem even brighter.
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Featured Reviews of Table Lamps

Swerve Table Lamp
Table Lamps
July 30, 2018
Real Beauty: We love the lamps that we purchased for our bedroom. Initially very difficult to put the shades together. The trick is to tape them together in order to put the corner strip on them. Worked like a charm.
Ira Contemporary Table Lamp
Table Lamps
November 25, 2016
VERY CLASSY: Both lamps arrived together & in great condition. They will go on oval wrought & wood night stands. Thus the oval shade will tie in with the tables. I like that they stand tall (31"). Since our bed is high the tables & lamps will be in proportion & look really nice in our new retirement home. First time user of houzz. I've also ordered a chandelier for the master bedroom closet. It'll come this week. Thank you.
Romilly Victorian Table Lamp
Table Lamps
June 7, 2016
Very Victorian.: It came in good condition. It was easy to assemble and looks very elegant. It has a subtle green cast with the light on which looks really nice in the evening. I'm very happy with the purchase.
Torch Light Wireless All-Weather Table Lamp Natural Slate
Table Lamps
October 24, 2016
Love my lamp!: I needed some light on my sofa table in the family room highlighting our family portraits; well this cordless lamp fits in beautifully with our decor and puts light on what's important in our lives, FAMILY!❤️
Caro Antique-Style Mercury Glass Table Lamp
Table Lamps
August 7, 2017
Glass lamps: Lamps came on time with little assembly needed. However the base on both lamps we ordered were not lined up at all. Easy fix with a crescent wrench but very low Quality Control at the factory. For the price these lamps are great though.
The Hive Gilded Table Lamp with Shade
Table Lamps
September 21, 2017
I really like the base of the lamp but the included shade isn't big enough and the bulb sticks out the top.: I really like the base of the lamp but the included shade isn't big enough and the bulb sticks out the top. It's really annoying. If you don't mind purchasing another shade then you'll likely really enjoy the lamp.
Lucerna Touch Bedside Table Lamp, Oil Rubbed Bronze/White Shade, Square, Single
Table Lamps
January 15, 2017
Stylish light!: I needed a touch light for a tight space and there aren't many stylish options. This was perfect. It is small and functions well. The bulb it came with was a little too dim, so I changed it out. I'm very happy with it!
30" Tall Glass Table Lamp "Mulberry" With Purple Finish, Fabric Shade
Table Lamps
October 23, 2018
Beautiful Lamp: I will not pay $72 per lamp again! I bought two but the quality of the lamp is decent more than I expected! The purple glass is beautiful. They’re huge and makes a statement for sure! Just wished it came with a different shade.
Resin Hammered Lamp, Brown
Table Lamps
August 6, 2018
Very nice!: I bought a pair of these for night stands. They're pretty big, but lighter in weight than they appear. I like the rustic painted finish that makes them look almost like carved wood. As modern as they seem, they still look great on my old Japanese furniture.
Louie the Lamp - Wooden Man-Shaped Light Fixture
Table Lamps
April 16, 2018
Love these guys: Ordered two -- love them. The only way they could be better is if you could get them with different colored cords vs. only black. Arrived on time, in great condition (I did have to tighten one screw in one of them), and were a breeze to set up.

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