It can be wonderful — and not-so-wonderful — to have a friend that's an interior designer. My very talented decorator friend has been a huge help over the years, helping me select pieces of furniture, colors of paint, and more. But I’ll never forget the first time she visited me in my new home.
I was feeling so proud of what I had done with the space. That is, until she walked in, looked around and said, “You forget to think about lighting.” Fortunately, we go waaay back and I knew it was coming from a place of love (and a good eye). And when I got over my initial surprise, I looked around and realized she was right.
I had spent so much time shopping for just the right area rugs, and artwork, and little decorative items, that I had completely overlooked one of the most important elements of a room’s look and feel. With my friend’s help, I selected some great lamps and wow, what a difference it made!
So, don’t make the mistake I made. Put some thought into your lighting. Whether it’s for your workspace, your living area, or your bedroom, the right table lamp can make all the difference. We’ve found ten great options, from a classic midcentury modern model to elegant options in crystal and metal that are sure to fit a variety of rooms and decor.
1. The Glam Look
A polished chrome frame and crystal beads pair to pack a lot of glam into this petite lamp.
2. Mixed Metal
Riveted metal half-circles and a natural woven shade create what I call industrial chic.
This lamp pairs an elegant, gently curved mother-of-pearl base with a pleated, swirled shade.
4. Traditional Antique Brass
A classic spotlight design with an adjustable arm.
5. Geometric Ceramic
The clean lines of this ceramic lamp suit modern décor. It comes in three soft colors.
6. Modern Crystal
The rounded corners of the square shade contrast with the sharp lines of the crystal base.
7. Mid-Century Modern
A beautiful piece combining walnut-finished wood and a metal shade.
8. Bronze and Wood
For an eye-catching piece, pick this urn-style made of rustic bronze and distressed wood.
9. Contemporary LED
Perfect for a nightstand, this curved metal lamp has a touch dimmer switch.
This playful peace sign emits a cool white light.
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