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.
Lighting is one of the most transformative elements in interior design, yet it is often unknowingly treated like an afterthought. Anywhere you go ─ whether it’s a restaurant, a shop, a hotel or an art gallery ─ lighting is silently playing a huge part in how the place looks and feels. The entire ambiance can be controlled by the right lighting and your home lighting is no different!
Choosing the right lighting has more of an impact on the mood of a room than almost any other design element, yet it’s not always given enough consideration. It’s about more than just picking out a pretty lamp (though that’s definitely the fun part!) Knowing what types of lighting to use and where to use them will make all the difference. It can help make a space feel larger, cozier, festive, or romantic. Even if you need a space to suit different moods at different times, you can help control this with your choice of lighting.