Did you stub your toe again last night on your way to get a midnight snack? Are you using your phone to see the doorknob to let the dog out? Are you squinting your eyes to see the words on the latest best book that your neighbor gave you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it is time to add some new lamps to your décor. Lamps not only give you ambient light to see where you are going, they help you perform needed tasks. When I select a new lamp for a client I keep size and function foremost in my mind.
My biggest pet peeve is seeing a too short table lamp next to a chair or a nightstand. Always measure the height of the table or stand prior to purchasing a new lamp. The combined height of a table and lamp should be between 54” and 64” total. Why such a tall table lamp? Remember if you are sitting in a chair or lying in bed you need the lamp to be tall enough so the light shines directly or indirectly above your paper or screen. A small lamp that shines light on the floor or table top is not sufficient. Also choose a lamp with a heavy base so it doesn’t get knocked over easily.
The style of a lamp is important, too. A clear crystal lamp base is Traditional and Formal in style while a lamp with a wood or stone base is rustic and works well with the popular Farmhouse rooms. Clear glass and ceramic lamp bases are Contemporary and Transitional which work well in most styles. Lamp shades are just as important as the lamp base. If you need the lamp with more light to work or read choose a lamp with a sheer or transparent shade. Lastly, I always pick lamps with 3-way option if available so clients can control the light levels.