Table lamps are one of the most versatile forms of home lighting. They come in an absolutely
enormous variety of styles, shapes, and designs, and have the distinct advantage of being easy to relocate or adjust. Because of this, table lamps work as a great lighting option in nearly any room of the house. When selecting the ideal table lamps for your space, some key elements to keep in mind are the lamp’s style, height, and shade:
Style is the most predominant feature that most people look for in a lamp. The style of your table lamp can add to the overall design of your space. And there is no shortage of options to choose from; table lamps range from modern styles and unique industrial inspired designs like tripod table lamps to traditional tiffany glass and rustic lighting options. There truly is a design to complement any home.
The height of a lamp is important to ensure that it is shining light exactly where you want it to and that the lamp itself doesn’t interfere with other design elements. Most table lamps are made at somewhere around an optimal height for use on an end table, however, you may want a different height lamp if your table is unusually short or tall. Also consider selecting a particularly tall table lamp for lighting next to a space where you read or for a console table that features art or décor.
The lamp shade is important both for the impact it makes in terms of design and for the affect it has on the color and quality of the lighting. For example, a white linen shade makes for a soft ambient glow, glass lampshades come in varying opacities and metal shades typically limit the amount of light that comes through the shade at all. Of course unlike the style or height of a lamp, most shades can be easily switched out for one of a different style, color, or material (see our lamp shade category for options). However, there are some that are permanently attached, so this is just something to keep in mind when considering different possibilities.