So what are we looking for when it comes to selecting table lamps for a living room?
There are a few things to consider:
Do you need a focal point for your room?
Is your living room in near constant use or a drawing room for more occasional formal use?
How large is your living room?
Is there a strong colour scheme or existing “theme” for the room?
Is yours a modern, contemporary home or more traditional in style?
The first thing to establish is the best position for your lamp(s) in the room.
Next, work out the largest area the lamp can take up, both horizontally and vertically (remember, a lamp shade more than doubles the height of most lamps).
Now consider the shape of lamp and shade you think will best fit the space – I always go for the biggest that fits for maximum impact.
If you’re looking for a pair of table lamps to stand either side of a table or perhaps in alcoves either side of a fireplace, try to make sure the lamps will be proportionate.
Now that you’ve established position, turn your attention to colour and materials.
A plain lamp base is best if you plan to redecorate your living room over time – you can always change the lamp shade to match your scheme.
In a traditional drawing room, a more ornate and colourful base may be better, perhaps acting as the catalyst for accent colours around the room.
The table lamp’s material is also a factor to consider.
If your living room is shared with children, cats and dogs, you need a table lamp which can survive the odd knock without breaking – this pretty much rules out ceramic lamps. Look for wooden lamps or strong metals like brass.
If you have a large living room with lots of table lamps, consider employing an electrician to wire up special lamp sockets which you can switch on and off centrally. Having to perform a nightly tour of your room, switching of lamps can be a chore!
If I may be so bold, I’d like to suggest you have a good look at our range of wooden lamps for your living room.
They are all elegant, robust and suitable for contemporary or traditional interiors and in most cases, are unique individual pieces.