Table Lamps & Bedside Lamps

Lamps do for bedrooms what belts do for outfits - they dress things up and tie it all together. The best bedrooms can, at times, fall flat with harsh or bland lighting. This is when lamps of all shapes and sizes, from table lamps to floor lamps and desk lamps, come to your rescue. With both a practical and decorative element, lamps are go-to accessories for any bedroom. Use a tall floor lamp in a bedroom corner to throw a spotlight on your favourite reading nook. Add two contrasting bedside desk lamps to match your bed frame theme in material and style. Or station an industrial tripod floor lamp by your dresser for that pampered feel of getting dressed like a movie star.

As a decorative accessory, lamps can add balance to a bedroom sofa or bring style, colour and overall interest to an otherwise neutral colour palette. Like all other soft furnishings, lamps bring the added advantage of quick switches should you get bored of the same old colours and materials. Simply swap the lamp shades and your bedroom instantly wears a brand new look. Since table lamp options are endless — especially when you search for table lamps online — begin your search by determining how you want them to function and what you want them to bring to the space aesthetically.

Where should I use table lamps?

You can use table lamps in any space, though they are most suited for bedrooms, living rooms and home offices next to sofas, chairs or beds. Although they can act as a primary light fixture, they are most often used as supplemental lighting for more detail-oriented tasks. They also work well in corridors, staircases and near doors as they light up any room dividers, wall frames, pillars or change in floor depth. In the end, lamp placement is a personal preference: they can and should be placed wherever you need extra light.

How many bedside lamps do I need?

Typically, most bedrooms designed for two people, need two table lamps, but a larger, open concept space may need many more. On the other hand, a tall floor lamp with a dramatic lamp shade atop your bed’s centre can do a beautiful job too. To test your lamp requirements, turn off your overhead light and turn on all your current lights. Walk around the room and see which corners lack light, and determine whether or not those spaces need coverage. It's great to have different levels of light, so even if your main fixture covers good ground, you might want additional just-in-case options too.

How do I determine the right size table lamp?

Pay attention to the height and shade width of potential table lamps; you want them to be both functional and proportional to the room's decor. When sitting on a table, be sure that the lamp is tall enough to cast light over your shoulder for reading. If it's more of a decorative piece, you want the height to complement its surrounding furnishings. As for the shade, remember that a narrow brim will cast direct light while a wider one will allow the light to shine on a larger area. Determine where you want the light to reach to decide what's right for you. In addition, be sure the shade contains the lamp's bulb and socket since these should not be visible. A key consideration is how much empty floor space you have; most lamps will have a wide base but some are narrow and adjust quite well with rooms that are low on free space.

What style lamp should I buy?

Since table lamps are merely accessories, they should complement your already-there furniture pieces and overall style. Art deco lamps or vintage lamps may feature gold or brass bases that are often more traditional, while sleek metal or uniquely shaped fixtures are often more trendy and contemporary. If you're looking for a cheap fix, try swapping out the lamp shade for a bright, patterned alternative. For those that love a mismatched look, use two different options, but be careful: although it's great to have variety, they also might clash.