How to Choose a Table Lamp

Published on February 03 2010 by GuestPoster in Home Accessories, Lighting


Because there are so many table lamps of all different kinds on the market you may be wondering how to choose the best one for your table. It can be quite overwhelming when you go shopping to see how many lamps are available and if you are not careful you can end up buying a lamp just because you like it rather than because it is particularly suitable. To assist, here are a few factors which will help you to narrow down your options and make your decision a bit easier.

1. What Size Lamp?

Make sure that the lamp is the right size for your table. A lamp needs to be big enough to light the room adequately without looking like it has taken over your table. Make sure that the table lamp shade and base are no bigger in diameter than your table and, if possible, are together less than two thirds of the width so that they seem to be in proportion.

2. What Style?

Table lamp bases seem to fall into two camps : traditional or contemporary. Traditional lamps can be further subdivided into different types as they may reflect a different stage in history (Victorian, art deco etc) or a different part of the world (for example, Chinese, native American). It is important that the style you choose is in keeping with the rest of the room and that the style of the lamp shade matches the style of the base.

3. What Color?

Lamps can either blend in with the color of the room or become a focal point by adding an accent color to an otherwise plain room. It may seem easier just to match colors but if your room has no accent colors it is a good opportunity to add them. Make sure that your lamp is not the only item in that color however. You probably need to add a rug, a vase or a few cushions in your chosen color too.

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