Table Lamps – needless to say we believe lighting (in general) to be one of the deal breakers on an interior space – the room may be near perfect, but if the lighting is not correct, the whole space falls flat.
There are layers of light to be considered in a space: Ambient, the general light in the space; Task, directed light for tasks such as reading; Accent, which is used to highlight a feature, such as a sculpture or piece of art; and Decorative, where a lamp can be an art piece or a feature on its own merits.
Of course, although one luminaire cannot achieve all these element, finding the perfect lamp can certainly attempt to cover at least two or three. There are a huge number of Table lamps on the interior market, and we love a good aesthetically pleasing one, but most importantly one that is on task, and on budget.
Table lamps are perfect for laying light within a room, several placed at different heights to other lighting in the space (downlights, pendants, floor lamps, wall lights). For bedside, lamps should be positioned with a distance of around 40cm from the top of your mattress to the bottom of the shade. Desk lamps also make a pretty good bedside lamp if you are prone to reading in bed, so make sure you have an adjustable head so you can angle the light direction at your book, or away when you want a more ambient, less glary light output.
Proportion is also important, and finding a balance between your lamp and other furniture is key to getting this right. While there are no set rules, it works well if the lamp is slightly smaller or shorter than the table it sits on (eg, no tiny side tables with huge lamps!) but large table lamps look fabulous flanked by large artwork, and sitting pretty paired on sideboards.
Of course we always love an eclectic styled interior here at Roomie, so don’t be afraid to add a mid-century modern lamp to a traditional home as a standout feature, or a bright lamp shade to add a pop of colour to a neutral interior.
Here are a few of our current favourites.
Mushroom Lamp from Nel Lusso (above) / Lighthouse from Simon James Design / Table Lamp from Kmart / Alpin Creative Brass Lamp from The Clever / Cleo Lamp from Partridge Design / Starman Lamp from The Axe / Jasper Lamp from Country Road