Today let’s talk about choosing lamps! They are one of the most important elements in our homes! Lamps are helpers, mood setters, guides, pathfinders and more! So let’s spend a little time today discussing the right lamp for the right job!
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There are many ways to light up your home. Let’s talk about choosing LAMPS that are perfect for your home!
Lamps should not only illuminate your rooms but also layer light just like we layer decor. Did you know that not every corner of every room needs to be lit? And if our rooms are entirely lit up they often seem harsh?
Lamps have many jobs! Their main purpose is to shed light in a darkened room. But lamps do so so much than that! They illuminate areas we read in and do tasks. They spotlight art and bring drama to a room. And they add ambiance and warmth to our homes.
I love lamps! They are such an important accessory in a room. But they are not just something pretty to put in a room, they are essential for comfortable living!
Today, let’s talk about 3 types of lamps…
- task lighting
- table lamps
- floor lamps
They all have different purposes and should be a part of every home!
Know the purpose of the table or floor lamp you might choose.
Task lights illuminate a specific task. They direct the right amount of light where you are working. Reading, computer work, hand sewing, writing, and crafting are all examples of work that need task lamps. If your eyes get tired when doing up-close work you might have the wrong lighting!
When you are choosing lamps for task lighting here is what to look for…
- an adjustable head
- various lamp wattage with a clear bulb
- height (the taller a task light is the more area it lights up)
- a focused pool of light
- design… lamps must look great and fit into our decor!
Here are task lamps that not only will look beautiful but will illuminate an area with focused light. Click on the image below to see more…
Most of us think about using lamps for general lighting. Lamps for general lighting should be layered with other kinds of light in a room.
A lamp simply washes an area with light. When you think of general lighting, think of a nice table lamp. Sometimes there is some crossover and a table lamp can double as a task light too.
The lightbulb, lampshade, and position of the lamp are all very important things to consider when looking for a lamp that illumines part of a room!
It’s a good idea to put lamps on a dimmer or use a lamp that can handle various wattage!
Here are a few general rules for choosing lamps for tables…
- if a table lamp is used for reading etc the bottom of the lampshade, when seated on a chair or sofa next to it, should be just below eye level
- the lamp must be stylish and work with my home
- pay attention to lampshades. A lampshade should cover the throat of the lightbulb in it and affects light diffusion
- bigger is better
Here are some of my favorite picks for table lamps. Many are on sale! Click on the image below to see more…
Floor lamps are a great option to light up a dark corner, use as task lighting and add another layer of light to a room. I love their look and how they add style and panache to the decor in my home.
Size is important when thinking about buying a floor lamp. Does your room have room for a floor lamp? That is a question to first ask yourself. Also, floor lamps should be tucked away in a place out of direct traffic. You don’t want them to get knocked over.
Floor lamps are a great option for putting behind a sofa, in a corner or near a chair that does not have a table. Think about areas in your home that could use more light, would a floor lamp work?
Here are some beautiful floor lamps you might like. Click on the image to see more…
Buying a lamp is so much more than finding one that looks fabulous. Make sure it’s part of an overall plan to bathe your room in layers of light!
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