We’re in the deep throes of winter and that means that for many of us we leave for work and return in the dark. So while we might not spend much time thinking about lighting during the spring and summer, it jumps to level 1 importance during the winter months. If you renovated or built your own home you likely have ample lighting that was planned during the design phase. For the rest of us we need to find creative ways to enhance our lighting situation and bring some additional lumens into the space. The best way to tackle any dark room is by adding lamps.
But lamps aren’t just for dark spaces. I truly believe that every room should have at least one lamp. Even when we have lots of overhead lighting a combination of lighting works best to create mood and ambience. If you haven’t read my post about the 3 types of lighting you need in every room, you can read it here.
THE BENEFITS OF TABLE LAMPS
1/ Lamps Help to Create Layered Lighting
Not all lighting is created equal. While we can benefit from overhead pendants, chandeliers and recessed lighting, we also need to balance that type of lighting. That type of lighting does a great job of illuminating the room overall but it can feel cold and sterile on its own. Table lamps help to create another layer that’s warmer and more targeted. This is what gives us the room’s cozy feel.
2/ Lamps Just Look Great
Yes, these same lamps that are giving our room a nice glow are also acting as a piece of decor. They help to fill in spaces with interesting shapes and also reinforce your design style (want to learn about your own design style? Take the free quiz). We want everything in the room to vary in height and table lamps help with that goal.
3/ They Can Be Easily Moved
Maybe you’ve grown tired of your style and want an update. Often we end up giving away pieces that cost us a lot of money. With lamps you’ll never feel the need to get rid of them because they can be used elsewhere in your home. Since I recommend that every room in your home have at least one lamp you’ll have lots of places to rehome your lamps.
PAM’S GO-TO TABLE LAMPS
Lamps can be tricky to source. We have HomeSense for inexpensive options and then we have boutique design stores with lamps over $1k. I hear from a lot of you that your lighting dilemma stems from the fact that you just don’t know where to buy great lamps. I got you covered. Today I’m sharing with you my go-to options when I need to buy table lamps.
This combines bubble glass, glass along with a linen shade. If your room requires a lamp that feels airy and light, look no further than this.
This one has an irregular base made of white concrete. It’s complemented by an oversized white shade made of linen. If you prefer the look but want something taller it also comes in a large size.
If you want something that has a bit of whimsy, this is a good choice. The white gloss base is the foundation for the irregular shapes in various shades of blue.
This is the epitome of traditional styling. The tall, thin stacked brass base has a jute rope wrapped detail for extra interest. It’s finished off with an off-white linen shade.
The ceramic body of this lamp is made to look as though it has been weathered by sand over time. This can give you a piece that has some subtle colour and interest.
This lamp is made of terra cotta and has a charcoal glaze applied to give it the look of something antique. Topped with a white linen shade to finish off the look.
If you love the look of natural materials, this alabaster base is sure to be a hit. The alabaster is highlighted by the contrasting bronze and crisp linen shade.
For those who prefer their lamp to be a bit more visually unique, this shape is easy to embrace. The sculptural silhouette comes in either brass or bronze and comes with a round white shade.
This lamp has small bits of clay applied by hand to the base to mimic the look of caning on a chair. It’s topped with a white linen shade for a simple but elegant look.
If you prefer a more modern lamp, the cutout of this base will give you that. Each base is hand formed for an organic shape this always unique.
I hope that helps you in your search for your own table lamps.
If you need help decorating your current space, reach out and let’s talk. I’m always happy to chat with you about an upcoming project.
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