Table lamps are an essential lighting element to a well-lit room.  Table lamps create and enhance your family and friends moods, your settings and accents throughout your rooms. Everyday activities such as household tasks, entertaining, cooking and work related activities, during the day and evening hours, depend on adequate light sources and without the proper lighting those tasks would become difficult or impossible. Below you will find a few tips for  choosing  the right table lamp,  encompassing  the design and lighting hints listed above.

What does a table lamp do for your decor?

  • Illuminate your space
  • Amplify  your style
  • Create focal points for such activities as reading or writing
  • Define the style of the room
  • Highlight certain areas

When choosing lamps, consider the style you’re going for in your home first. Is it traditional? Modern? Eclectic?

Modern / Contemporary Style:

  • Simple and streamlined,  minimalist
  • Sometimes classified as ‘Vogue’
  • Slim bases
  • Drum-shaped shades or slightly flared
  • Non-decorative


Timeless Traditional Style – a look that seems to be forever evolving, yet popular  throughout  the centuries. Traditional lighting fixtures tend to lend a timeless elegance to your home or business.

  • Shades with a tapered shapes tend to blend well with traditional decors
  • Antique ceramic lamps with colorful textiles
Academy Table Lamp by Currey & Company

Photo:  Academy Table Lamp  by  Currey & Company

Choose Shades with Flair –  add color or texture to a room, with just a lamp shade.

Choosing the Right Sized Lamp and Lamp Shade4 ways to make sure the size of your lamp is appropriate for its location.

  • Don’t put a massive lamp on a very small table
  • A very small lamp will look out of place in a large room
  • The shade should be one-half to three-fourths the size of the base
  • The shade should hide the internal hardware of the lamp


How much light will you need?

Ask yourself, do you need the lamp to illuminate an entire room or provide light just for tasks like reading or office work? Considerations when choosing the brightness or dimness of your light are:

  • The shade’s color
  • Size
  • Orientation
  • Your bulbs lumens
  • Shade coverage of your bulb


Optional table lamp upgrades:

  • Timers
  • Shade switch out


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