Whenever I walk into HomeGoods, my first stop is always the light fixtures section. Even when I don’t need one, I love looking through the aisles at all the great designs, especially the table lamps. That’s why it breaks my heart that decorating with table lamps is often an afterthought. Besides lighting up a space, they can also do so much to elevate its style and create ambiance.
Popular interior designer and HGTV Star judge Vern Yip shared “his brightest tips for lighting up a room,” which shed a lot of light (ahem) on how to decorate with table lamps. Years ago when I first watched him on Trading Spaces, I always said that if I was ever on that show, I’d want him to be my designer. He’s one of my all-time favorites and his advice is always helpful, so I had to share his tips on decorating with table lamps.
I hope you find his advice enlightening. 😉
DECORATING WITH TABLE LAMPS
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“Table lamps commonly range from 24 to 34 inches tall, including the shade. A good trick for choosing the right height: The bottom of the shade should be eye level when you’re seated.”
2 “A drum shade is pretty no-fail. It complements almost any base, from a sleek cylinder to a curvy urn. I’m a fan of white linen, but you can’t go wrong with any neutral, like a cream-color paper shade or a pale gray cotton one.”
3 “If you choose a lamp with a vibrant shade or base, add accents in the same color – like pillows or a throw – to tie the room together.”
4 “Lighting a really dark room? Pick a translucent paper or fabric shade – it’ll let lots of light through.”
5 “When I’m putting two lamps on one table, I like to leave at least two to three feet between them so they don’t look clumped together. I t also helps distribute the light evenly throughout the room.”
6 “Different lamp bases in the same room can look great. To unify them, top them all with shades that have the same shape.”
7 “Shades attach to bases in different ways. Some require a harp (a spider fitting), some sit on the hardware attached to the bulb’s base (an uno fitting), others clip right on the the bulb (a clip-on fitting). If you buy a base and a shade separately, make sure they both have the same fitting.”
Now, look at the lighting in your home. Can you apply any of these table lamp tips to improve your current decor? Let me know in the comments if they helped you!
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