5 smart tips for choosing the perfect lamp

October 04, 2015

 

When choosing the perfect lamp, it’s not only about having good taste. Similarly to the aesthetic canon of body proportions in art, there are several theories explaining how to choose a perfectly-proportioned shade for the exact lamp and for any circumstances. Don’t panic, here you’ll learn how.

On the Internet, some people say the shade should be a third to half the height of the lamp base, and other people say otherwise. The truth is, size really matters, as does its shape and material, in order to get as much light as needed. The overall decoration of the room needs to be taken into consideration too, either because we want the lamp to match the rest of our home décor or because we want an attention-grabbing point for our room.

Deciding on the right size

First of all, consider the size of the lamp carefully. This means taking the area your lamp is going to be placed in into account as well. You won’t want to make the mistake of buying a lamp bigger than the space it’ll occupy. Believe us, don’t trust your eyeballing skills ever again. Let’s check its measurements instead.

The height of the shade should generally be one or two-thirds the height of the lamp, and the widest part of the shade should be at least a half inch wider on each side than the base.  However, the most important rule to remember is to choose a location where you don’t crash into the shade every time you pass by it. 

This is why you need to keep the table height and weight in mind when buying a table lamp. Your suspended lanterns should hang higher enough and don’t buy hanging lanterns which are not sized appropriately.

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Choosing the perfect shape and style

Obviously, choosing a rightly sized lampshade is only the beginning. Finding the correct style is the next step. You can find lights in all varieties, shapes and colours, like the ones we have in our online store, so try to choose one that matches the furnishings, fabrics and decorative items already in the room in order to make the whole look even more appealing.

The possibilities are endless. Add a touch of glamour to your contemporary décor with colourful crystal panels. Match your traditional style with a Victorian ceiling light or porcelain lamp bases. And coordinate your all-white decoration with simple yet stylish white lampshades.

Likewise, it is as important to consider the shape of the lampshade. As a rule of thumb, round shades go well with round bases and quadrilateral bases look best with square shades. Be that as it may, make sure the wire and the switch are kept out of sight to keep the look attractive.

Finding the correct shade

Although we have already given small tips when choosing a new lampshade, we believe it necessary to emphasise the importance of choosing the right one once again in order to find the ideal balance between looks, functionality, brightness and safety. As for the last one, it is common sense to go for a shade that fits properly and in a sufficient distance from the light bulb to prevent it from burning.

After deciding what your lampshade’s function is, it is time to choose whether we want to prioritise its light diffusion capacity or its decoration purpose. Different styles of shade will give different levels of illumination. A translucent shade will for sure bring brightness to your room, while an opaque one is ideal for creating a warm ambience.

For purely decorative lightings, the colour of the shade needs to be taken into account with care, as different colours will provide different moods. White fabrics are good at giving high levels of illumination but opt for dark shades to create a relaxing spot at home.

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Creating interest with lamps

Lamps are one of our favourite items in our home décor and one of the many reasons is their usefulness for drawing people’s attention and creating a decorative focal point in the room. A simple lamp can make a stunning style statement and embellish a boring, insipid space. Bold colours are a good choice for that purpose.

Various lightings are also a good idea to create interest. Don’t be afraid to mix styles, sizes and even colours. It is becoming a popular trend to deliberately and co-ordinately mix floor and table lightings with the aim of adding a touch of personality. Just make sure they complement the furnishings and colour palettes in the room.

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Getting the best lamp for every room

Last but not least, let’s plan what type of lamp we need based on where it’s going to go. Floor lamps are meant for common areas such as living rooms or home offices since it easily provides the space with brightness. However, they are also the type of lamp you want in your bedroom, though smaller than the ones you use in your living room.

Table lamps are probably the most used. They fit into any context and can be suitable for both creating ambient and getting high levels of light. Lamps in side tables in your living room or bedroom will be give you the right light to read or have a conversation, while desk lamps will be useful in your home office when you’re working.

One of our personal favourites, pendant lamps are the best option to bring cosiness to your dining room and at the same time they are useful to light the room sufficiently while seating around the main table. There are a bunch of styles and shapes you can choose out there. Think carefully and you will get it right.


    Author

    Alba Mora

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