How do you decide on choosing the right table lamp, bedside lamp, or buffet lamp? Table lamps are generally the most common type of lighting for the home. With the assortment of so many beautiful lamps available today it’s not an easy choice. Be informed and choose wisely and you will come home with the lamp you love and will cherish for years to come. Below are tips on how to choose the best table lamp for your bedroom, living room, or dining room.
Table Lamp Size
Measure the size of your room before choosing a lamp – In addition measure the size of the table where the lamp will be. A larger table and lamp will overpower a smaller room. Do not put a larger lamp on a smaller table – it will look completely out of proportion. The lamps height should be about 1.25 times larger than the tables height where it sits.
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In the past, it was more of a common practice to use smaller lamps for bedside table lamps, somewhere between 20″ – 26″ in height. This is no longer the case today, the proper referring to the height for a bedside lamp has generally increased to around 28″ – 33″ in height. (top of finial)
How to Determine The Right Table Lamp Height
Table lamp height is very important in order to fit in well with your design scheme. The height should typically be be somewhere between 58″ – 64″ from the floors surface up to the top of the finial. The lamps proper height will depend on the actual height of the table on where it sits. The shorter the lamp – the taller the table. Search for table lamps according to height.
A big influence for the height of your lamp is the ceiling height. For higher ceilings, it’s a good idea to have your table lamp be on the taller side. For a standard 8-ft high ceiling, the proper height is generally between 26″ to 33″. For a larger room somewhere between – 31″ to 36″ high lamps would be the most appropriate height.
Depth & Width of the Table Top
Measure the table tops length and depth. The lampshade should not hang over the sides of the table. If the tables surface is 22″ round or square, then the lampshades width is generally not an issue. But if you have a more narrow table top only 16″ or 18″ deep from front to back, then you probably need to see that the lampshades bottom dimension is less than or equal to the most narrow dimension of the table.
Buffet, Bedside, Dresser Lamps: As in the photo above, because the table is narrow from back to front, a rectangle shaped lampshade is utilized. Another shape that works well is an oval shaped shade for a bedside lamp. Also, dresser and buffet lamps generally need lamps that have lampshades that are more narrow in depth.
Material, Color, Shape of Lampshade
Color and Material: A transparent Lampshade that is lighter in color will give off ambient light, more so than a lampshade that is non transparent. Non-transparent or black lampshades are a nice feature when good general light is not as necessary or when more accent light is desired. They will provide more concentrated light – and can have a more dramatic effect.
Shape: Bell or conical shaped lampshades are generally utilized for drum shape lampshades and Traditional style lamps which are typically used for Modern to Contemporary designs. To give a Traditional lamp an updated make over, just change the lampshade to a drum shade.
Coordinate Style & Character with the Lamp Color
Find 2 or 3 primary colors of your room – This would be the potential colors for your lamp. Metals like bronze and brass, or nickel as an option. If you can find a lamp with the exact size, style, color and price as the original, you may want to consider another option. The color of the walls are also very important. If you have white walls, you might want to choose a lighter beige lampshade or, tan, or black – any color other than white – in order to have more contrast to compete with the wall.
The Lamp Color is a very important consideration. Choose your lamp color by hanging a piece of the rooms chosen wall art and then pick a color from that wall art as the color for the lamp. Search for table lamps according to color.
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The table and the lamp should complement one another. A good table lamp depends on the table on where it sits. If both your lamp and your table are both dark – in that case the lamp will seem to blend in and disappear. Instead if the table is dark you should choose a lighter lamp finish or color, perhaps even a metal lamp. Or, if your table has a light finish or color you may want to coordinate it with something a bit darker or even on the other end of the spectrum, a brighter color. Typically 2) end tables should be of the same finish or color- not only does it provide a better look but it makes buying a table lamp a more simple process. Search for table lamps according to style.
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Character & Style : It is not always necessary to match the style of the table to the lamp – it is more important to first consider the character of the table – is it small and petite ore more massive and masculine? Choose the lamps shape to be more compatible. A heavier table lamp placed on a delicate, curved table would probably not be appropriate.
Lighting & Bulbs
Determining the right amount of light needed. For a bedside or an end table lamp in order to provide general light, choose one that houses a 100 or a 150 watt bulb. For lamps with smaller or narrow lampshades, allow a 60 watt bulb to be the maximum wattage to avoid causing a fire or the lampshade to burn.
Lighter Colors: What color lighting do you like? Fluorescent bulbs can give off light that is cold and unflattering. Incandescent bulbs will give off light that is more yellowish and warm. – LED bulbs provide an option that has become more affordable these days. If you like the color of natural sunlight (white light), choose a color rating around 3000K to 3500K as your bulb choice.
Use Different Lighting Sources
Less Really is More: Filling up a large room with too many small table lamps and tables is a mistake. If you have a large room – utilize the larger sized accessories like furniture, tables, lamps, etc. To light up a corner or another area – with several table lamps already there and you still need more light, consider a floor lamp, chandelier, wall sconce, or accent lamp.
Use These Suggestions When Choosing Your Table Lamp
We hope you found these suggestion useful for choosing the right table lamp for your home, whether its an end table lamp , bedside lamp, or buffet lamp, you can’t go wrong.
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