The story is all too common. You spend a lot of money on furniture, artwork, paint and electronics, only to find that your room still doesn’t look warm and cozy.
The problem may have never been with the furnishings or the wall color. It may have been the lighting all along.
Like the lighting on a Broadway stage, lighting in your home creates a mood. It can be inviting, dramatic, and even whimsical. It can bring focus to a certain part of the room, or break a large room into smaller, more manageable spaces that are perfect for intimate conversation.
Overhead lighting, whether via chandeliers, spots, pin lights or recessed lighting. can do a lot of the journeyman work of overall lighting. But when it comes to lighting specific areas, nothing beats table lamps.
Table lamps can help you define specific parts of the room, such as a place for a quiet conversation or reading. You can create drama by using lower wattage bulbs or fill the room with light with three-way bulbs that allow you to adjust the light levels.
There are literally thousands of lamps to choose from. You can go pairs of matching lamps if you like, choose two or more different ones, or go with specialized table lamps that allow you to adjust the direction and level of the light, perfect for reading. You can even get lamps that are more like a work of art, adding more layers to your room and showing off your style.
As with all furnishings, your table lamps should match your overall décor. You also want to think about the makeup of your family. For instance, if you have small children, a delicate lamp with a slender base may be an accident waiting to happen, especially if you chose a style with a glass shade or base. This is particularly true if you have toddlers just learning to walk who are likely to grab onto anything they can, including your expensive lamps.
When shopping for the perfect table lamps for your home, you need to consider the height as well. Just like the tables in your home, there’s no standard height for lamps. As such, you’ll need to factor in the measurements of both to get a lamp that isn’t too big or too small for the room. Ideally, the bottom of the lampshade should be at the middle of your face when you’re seated. This ensures that the switch on the light is easy to reach and that the shade isn’t too high or too low, reducing its lighting effectiveness.
The same is true for the bedroom. In many cases, end tables can be substantially higher or lower than the top of the mattress and you need to pick a lamp that will give you adequate lighting while lying in bed, just in case you want to do a little reading.
In many cases, bedroom and living room lights aren’t interchangeable. They have a different scale, the lamps for the bedroom typically being smaller in stature and having a smaller shade. This is so they don’t overpower the bedroom, which tends to be smaller than the public living spaces in a home.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t put a table lamp designed for the living room into service in a bedroom. You just need to pay careful attention to the measurements, not only the overall height of the lamp, but the diameter of the base and the shade.
To find the perfect table lamps for your home, you may want to start your search online. There, you’ll find a huge selection of lamps in all styles, sizes and shapes. In many cases, the prices are very competitive, too, particularly when you factor in the cost of shipping compared to the cost of driving all over town, looking for just the right lamps for your living room, master or guestroom.