Lamps are a great alternative to the main lighting in your home, creating a softer glow for a cosier feel, and offer a brilliant opportunity to enhance your home stylings. Choosing the right lamp for the right space will help you get the look and atmosphere you’re going for, so here are a few things to consider before you pick one out…
Firstly, what room are you buying your lamp for? This has a huge impact on the style you should go for. While glamorous and glitzy designs of crystal and glass will make a beautiful impact in living areas and hallways – and are sure to get compliments from your guests – you may want to choose something subtler for spaces where you want less distraction. Neutral and metal tones are great for areas like your home office or bedroom.
These two come hand-in-hand. Consider where you’re going to be placing your lamp, as this will have a large impact on the size you should choose.
The corner of a room offers lots of unused space for floor lamps so is great for tripods or other lights that demand more floor area. Think about the size of your bedside table or sideboard and ensure you still have space for a cup of tea and your favourite book.
Another thing to consider is how often you’re likely to use your main light as opposed to your new lamp as this will affect how many bulbs or LEDs you’ll want it to have and how large you want it to be. If you’re never going to flick the switch on the ceiling lights, perhaps a lamp with several bulbs would be a good idea to ensure the light reaches all areas of your room.
Lamps are best used to enhance and illuminate your decorative style but, with the right design and placement, they can easily become a main focal point. Are you after something for pure functionality, or for a bit of pizzaz? If you’ve already got décor in your room that demands attention, it’s best to choose a lamp that harmonises with your taste rather than competing for the spotlight. Find one that matches your modern, vintage, or homely stylings, or select something simple and classic. If your room is starved of an eye-catching item, then a large, unique, or glamorous lamp will change this with the flick of a switch – think extravagant chrome designs and jewel embellishments.
Once you're thought about the size and style you're going for, it's time to pick the perfect one! Browse our full collection of home lighting solutions to find the right floor lamp or table lamp to suit your unique style and brighten up your home.