Table & Desk Lamps
How to Style Table Lamps by Room
With a distinctly compact design, these small lighting fixtures can be nestled into just about any interior area in need of a little extra light and can fit nearly every home style. Brighten your space with a variety of styles, from classic and traditional to urban and modern. Learn how to make it work in every room.
Entryway: Illuminate your entryway for guests and anyone entering through the front door with lighting atop your console table or sideboard. Placed there, it can also shed some light on entryway accents—don't let your textured area rug, small wall mirrors and shelved display items live in the dark. If your entryway decor is plain and simple, consider a lamp with a textured or patterned base. A vibrant color makes an even bolder statement. When in doubt, keep it basic and let the rest of the space remain at the forefront of the aesthetic. Look for simple shapes and a timeless design with features like gentle curves and a sturdy linen shade.
Living Room: Give evening family time a warm, friendly setting with lighting that creates a comfortable, inviting atmosphere fit for any movie or game night. Supplement your floor or overhead lighting with an extra glint from the accent table or side table. For functionality purposes, situate the table lamp near an arm chair or loveseat for the look of a makeshift reading nook. Place on a sofa end table to offer softer, dimmer lighting option for anyone relaxing or spending time in the room. Keep style simple if functionality is the key purpose of the fixture, allowing it to blend into the space. Explore unique modernist, art deco and antiqued designs if you want it to also work as an artistic home accent.
Home Office: Stay focused on the task at hand with the bright, directed spotlight of a desk lamp. Designed to promote productivity and assist in reading documents, writing and working in general, this style of light fits snugly into the corner of your home office desk. Look for those with adjustable necks, which allow you to pivot and redirect light as needed. Metal bases give the office a modern, urban look—materials such as brass, bronze and nickel are industrial chic. Alternatively, features like fluted shades bring the room back to the classic, studied look of academic libraries.
Bedroom: When looking for bedside lighting, be sure to take height into account. The lampshade should extend far enough that the bulb is not glaring into your eyes when you lie down. The bulb itself should provide enough light by which to read, but, for relaxation purposes, the light emitted should remain medium to soft. The nightstand isn't the only surface in the bedroom in need of illumination—give your dresser a glow, as well. Depending on its height, your armoire could be a resting spot for a small bedroom light as well.
However you choose to arrange your table lamps, you'll both save floor space and create dramatic, dynamic lighting in every room in your home.