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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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