Portable, colorful and affordable, table lamps
are a terrific way to brighten a room. But before you browse the aisles, ask yourself
a couple questions: What type of lighting do I need?
To supply general lighting, pair table lamps on a console table here or on a hallway table
here. For focused activities like reading or surfing
a tablet make sure the bottom of the shade is at
eye level when you’re seated. You also want the shade to be onehalf
to threequarters the height of the base. And, the bulb
and socket shouldn’t be visible. Lamps with a downward shade or an adjustable
arm let you focus light where it’s needed. Depending on the size and number of surfaces
in a room, two to three table lamps is a good rule of thumb.
What about style? You want your lamp’s size, shape and style
to balance with the rest of the room. For example, match modern shapes to modern
rooms, traditional to traditional. And don’t forget finishes. If your room
has other fixtures in antique bronze, look for that
finish in lamp bases. Shades can also have a big style impact.
Consider drum, cone, pagoda, cylinder and other shapes. Pick a shade that’s light
in color or has a lightweight fabric for more light output.
Sometimes just changing the shade can be fun – try putting a bold new shade on a thriftstore
lamp base. From general lighting to task lighting, there’s
a table lamp for the job.