How to Improve Lighting With Table Lamps

June 29, 2016

To make a room look chic and classy you need not only modern furniture but also proper lighting. Every room needs sufficient lighting and for that you need general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Table lamps fall under the task lighting category. They play a dual role. They are functional and can also be used for decorative purposes. While choosing table lamps, you need to take their size, shape and style into account. They should blend with your overall décor and suit your lighting needs.

Table Lamp

With table lamps you can easily bring a room to life. They add a cozy feel or warmth to the house. Table lamps come in classic and contemporary styles, and hence they go well with any type of décor. You can use table lamps to highlight a particular corner or you can use them just for lighting purposes. They magnify the style of your home.

Harmonize your decor

A table lamp is like an accent piece. Most decorators use table lamps as they exude warmth and add to the aesthetic appeal of a room. While choosing table lamps see to it that they blend well with the rest of the decor. Based on your home décor - traditional or modern or eclectic - you must choose table lamps accordingly.

Choose sleek shades

If your home sports a modern or contemporary look, choose simple or sleek shades. Drum-shaped shades on slender bases will add height and drama to a space without overpowering the other decor.

Eternal appeal

For traditional home décor choose shades with a conical shape. You can choose antique ceramic lamps with colourful Indian textiles. They will look both sophisticated and classic.

Choose shades with panache

You can add colour or texture to a room by selecting a quirky table lamp with a whimsical lampshade. Buy a shade with a bold pattern. Shades with geometric patterns in appealing textures or decorative touches on shades like beads or tassels will add a unique touch to any room.

Coordinate the components

A lamp shade should go well with the base of the lamp. The base and shade of a lamp should complement each other or else it will look odd. For instance, if you have a square base, go for a square or rectangular shade. Similarly, if you have a round shade choose a round or bulb-shaped base. A conical shade will go well with a tall, thin base.

Size matters

The size of a shade should be appropriate to the size of the room and other items inside the room. If the lamp is too big it may look odd on a very small table. It might also get knocked over easily. Similarly, a very small lamp will look out of place in a large room. As for the scale of the lamp itself, the shade should be one-half to three-fourths the size of the base and should hide the inner hardware of the lamp.

Lighting factor

You should also need to have a definite idea about how much light you need the lamp to cast. If you are using the lamp for reading purpose or to light an entire room, then choose a transparent shade. If the lamp is used just as a decorative piece, select an opaque shade.

Right placement

Placement of the lamp is also crucial.  Use floor lamps to illuminate corners and reading areas. You can easily transform any dark corner with a table lamp.  

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