“Choose the Right Lamp for Any Room”

You have chosen the paint and rug, you have placed the upholstery and found the perfect end tables – you are almost done.  But don’t forget one of the key ingredients of any room – lighting.  Between your windows and overhead lighting or chandeliers you may feel like you have enough light in a room but every room needs lamps.  Why?  While overhead lights may be great for cooking and cleaning, table lamps offer task lighting for activities like reading and add considerable warmth to every room.



Living room lamps might be more formal, made of porcelain, glass or an old vase. Family room lamps are more casual.  They may be made of pottery, wood, metal or glass.  Because this room gets more use the lamps should match the furniture – which is likely to be larger, more comfortable and sturdier than living room furniture. Like other rooms, your bedroom lamps should follow the design style of that particular room. Typically lamps in a dining room are placed on a sideboard.  Tall thinner lamps with smaller shades work best on sideboards.  If you have artwork or a mirror over your sideboard you don’t want to interfere with the sight line of those. 



Five Tips for Buying a Lamp:


Buy a lamp that matches the tone of your room.

The lampshade should be at eye level when you are seated.

Try to keep all lamps in the same room about the same height.

If you love a lamp and it is too tall – put it on a smaller table.  If the lamp is too short – add a few books under the lamp.

You don’t have to match lamps on either side of a sofa – just make sure they are similar in height.


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