Same as with many things in life, it’s the tiny details that make a huge difference when it comes to decorating your living space. It won’t take long to realise this once you get deeper into your home décor. The style, theme and colour scheme define the room, but it’s the lighting that sets the mood and creates an ambience. Even a small change in lighting can greatly affect a room’s vibe and turn it to a cosy, inviting retreat. And few lighting fixtures offer timeless charm and smart functionality like table lamps.
What is the Use of Table Lamp?
There are four kinds of lighting – ambient (or the general light in a room), task (light for a specific job), accent (used to highlight a particular feature) and decorative (or lamps designed to look good in and of themselves). A table lamp is a source of light that stands on a table or any piece of the room and can be used for any of these types of lighting. If you want to use your table lamp for reading, make sure that the bottom of the shade is at eye level, while for a bedside lamp, it should be positioned around 40 to 45 cm above the top of your mattress.
Modern table lamps are the most economical method of adding a decorative touch to your interior. With the perfect bulb type, shade, shape and colour they can work as a source of direct or diffused light to enhance the ambience setting. Different people employ different styles. You can choose table lamps that will suit your taste and needs, whether you prefer large pieces to use them for a diverse range of operations, or small and composed fixtures.
One thing that all of them have in common is their portability. They’re very convenient when it comes to moving them from one place to another. Also, they come with a convenient cord and plug, which means simple and easy installation.
How to Choose Your Table Lamp?
Selecting the perfect lamp for your home interior might be an overwhelming task, especially if you’re buying online. There are many different sizes, shapes, materials and styles to choose from, so here are some tips that can help you make the right choice.
Find the Right Spot
It’s important to define the purpose of the lamp before you start looking for one. Any place that requires a mix of direct and diffused lighting can be suitable for a table lamp. You can place your table lamp in your bedroom living room, dining room or in your lobby or office. It can sit on your side table, console, bedside table, eating surface or any other area you find suitable for it. Begin with deciding where you want to put the table lamp and determine the exact height at which the lamp will sit, its distance from the bed, the couch or the chair next to it.
Consider the Height of the Table Lamp
Even though this might seem as the tricky part of purchasing a table lamp, note that the room where it will sit and the décor determine its height. If your bedside table is tall, then you should go for a shorter table lamp and the other way around. As already mentioned, the bottom of the shade should be at eye level to ensure maximum comfort while reading.
Choose a Lamp Base that Fits Your Décor
While visualising a table lamp, there’s a base, stem, shade and bulb that comes to mind. The lamp base is one of the most important features to consider when it comes to décor. You need to make sure it blends well with the existing décor. There are many options available, so you can choose a metal base, ceramic, wood, glass and more.
Experiment with Style
While looking for a table lamp, you may notice that some have a style of their own. Very often the shade or the body of the lamp can determine the overall appeal of the lamp and define it. A modern table lamp can perfectly fit in with today’s home styles and give the room a radial focal point.
Mix and Match
A table lamp needs to blend in with the style of the room, but also it should seamlessly ad to the other layers of lighting that’s already there. Whether it’s accent lighting or task lighting, to achieve a unique look, you can try mixing two different table lamps with similar colours or geometric shapes and give the room visual symmetry and fun twist.
Benefits of a Table Lamp
A table lamp is an element that goes beyond just being a simple decoration. While it can be matched with the existing lighting in the room to achieve a nice effect, it’s also a useful piece of furniture that can make your everyday life easier.
Easy to Use
Modern table lamps are very convenient to operate as they’re attached to a cable with a switch. Sometimes, the main light switch in a bedroom can be obstructed by the bed, and a table lamp will come in handy. The switch can be placed close to the bed, so it’ll be close to your arm’s reach and you won’t have to get out of bed to turn off the light before you sleep.
Illuminates a Particular Area
Depending on the shape and design of the table lamp, the light will shine on a certain area in the room. Some table lamps project the light downwards and towards the ceiling as well, while shading the bed or couch area with the lampshade. Other models project the light to the sides and downwards only. These are ideal if you want to read before sleeping or study without disturbing anyone.
Provides Less Disturbance Light
One of the greatest benefits of a table lamp is having a soft light that’s directed only at a specific area of the room. It makes it less invasive and is quite helpful, especially in bedrooms, when someone needs to get up at night. The table light provides enough illumination for one person to get up or go to bed comfortably without waking up anyone else.