How do I choose the right lamp for my bedroom? In today’s “Lifestyle” light and color trends, there are many ways to incorporate a piece of art or decorative lighting into the decor of your room. A lampshade, headboard, or desk lamp can lend a soft ambiance to your space that enhances your personal style. So, the question becomes, what should I look for in a lamp to make my decision easier? My goal in this article is to provide you with some helpful tips on choosing the right lamp for your home.
What are some of the qualities I look for when choosing a lamp? When deciding on which light fixture to use, I first consider the size of my room and the amount of “attention” that I want to draw. In other words, I want my light to grab and not hide the colors or artwork I have chosen. I also want my light to be easy on the eyes, as well as versatile enough to be used in any decor.
Once I know the size of my space and the sort of mood I want to create, I choose a bulb that will reflect those qualities. In this case, I choose traditional style lamps with glass shades and a cotton lampshade. These lamps provide a warm ambience with a colorful light that is inviting. The shade adds the finishing touch, softening glare and providing subtle highlights.
Another thing to consider is where you plan to place your lamp. Depending on its size, shape, and position in the room, I choose a lamp that will provide the most use. If you are unsure about how much lighting you need for a particular space, just remember that a ceiling fixture provides more overall light than a table lamp or picture lamp.
For table lamps, I like to hang a smaller, more practical lamp on a stand. A chandelier may look dramatic next to a wooden table, but I find that its lights are too harsh and bright for my needs. I also prefer hanging a floor lamp over the dinning room table. Since the lamps are closer to my feet, they do not obstruct the view and allow me to read clearly without having to turn my head to look at the lamp.
If you are looking for a lamp to hold a vase of flowers or a set of decorative plates, you can purchase a table lamp with a swag lamp base. These types of lamps tend to be smaller and place the light directly over the vase or plate. I also prefer the swag lamp as it keeps the bulb at eye level. If you are unsure which one would be the best choice for you, take some photos of your rooms and bring them with you to your local home improvement store.