I Want to Know Everything about Table Lamps
Table lamps play a significant role, not only in terms of providing a localised source of indoor lighting, but they also play an important role in terms of décor. By choosing the right style, colour, and design you can bring personality and character to relevant spaces within your home. They also provide addition support to other lighting sources, and depending on the nature of the lamp, and the choice of bulb, the lighting they provide can accentuate or compliment.
Table lamps can bring elements of mood into any home by imparting tone and shade. Their presence can lend the room they are positioned in, feeling and individuality. Let’s just take a quick look at the various types of table lamps that are available and what they can offer to the environment in which they are placed.
Table lamps for entrance spaces
Placed in an entrance hall or porch, the right choice of table lamp can set the tone as visitors enter your home, so it’s important to think about the message that you want your table lamp to send out. Is your home ultra modern, contemporary, or old-world? You can get table lamps to match and enhance all types of environments.
Table lamps to go in living rooms
Most of us spend more time in our living rooms than in any other room in our homes. Because of this, the type of lamp or lamps that you choose to adorn your living room, should reflect not only your personality, but your preferred style of décor too.
Depending on where you position your table lamp, it can bring subtle lighting into play, drawing attention to certain features you want to be recognised, or simply creating the right kind of atmosphere you want to generate.
Table lamps designed for studies
Table lamps that are destined to go into study areas are usually required for practical reasons. If you work in your study in the evening, you need to be able to direct a bright light onto the subject matter of your work.
Of course you may not have a dedicated study area in your home. Where this is the case, people often position their desks somewhere out of the way, but not inconveniently so, in an open-plan type of space. In examples like this, it helps if the table lamp you choose is flexible and adjustable so you can easily position or reposition the light focus exactly where you need it.
It doesn’t however mean that the lamp has to be utilitarian. Good study table lamps can be attractive to look at too, and this is particularly important if your desk is in an open-plan surrounding. In these instances your chosen table lamps not only need to be functional, but they have to blend in with the rest of the décor too.
Flexible, adjustable table lamps are not only used for studies and desks though. They are also very handy things to have around if you want to focus light onto a particular feature in one of your rooms.
Bedroom table lamps
No self-respecting bedroom is complete without at least one table lamp. They look at the best when you pick two identical lamps and position them on either side of your bed’s headboard. Many people use bedroom table lamps, just from an aesthetics point of view, although some people also use them from a practical point of view too.
From a practical viewpoint they can be used to read by, in bed; or, if you have to get up in the night and you don’t want to disturb your bed partner, you can limit the amount of light you flood the room with, by just switching the lamp on, on your side of the bed. Bed side table lamps are also good mood setters.
Wherever you position your table lamps, one thing you need to consider is what is known as layering light. Getting your home lighting design right in terms of illumination is a skill, and it can make a world of difference to the look and feel of your house.
The science of light layering
Layering light is the science of creating atmospheric lighting. In terms of interior design, layering is all about blending together various colours, fabrics, materials and textiles in order to custom design the individual rooms in your home. The layering of light is a similar concept, but instead of those physical properties we listed, it involves combining various types of light to provide a specific feel or mood.
If for one moment you step out of thinking in terms of domestic interior design, you will note that churches for example layer light very purposefully by using a combination of light sources, including things like candles, chandeliers, lamps (in the old days – torches) and stained glass windows. Great restaurants and even theme-pubs also play with light in this way.
Back to the domestic scene; inside your own home, layering light enables you to breathe life into a room. It allows you to introduce flexibility and versatility and put your own individual personality stamp on your interior design. You can combine the practical needs and the decorative needs, and it is this layering process that enables you to put focus where you want it and how you want it.
There are four potential types of light sources in your home. They are natural light from your windows, and artificial light from your main lighting. Standard (floor) lamps, and table lamps complete the usual light sources. There are other embellishments too, such as floor and ceiling mounted lighting.
The important role that table lamps play
We speak about light layering as if it is separate to interior design; but the fact of them matter is that it is an integral part of it. Table lamps are an important part of your lighting armoury. Their very flexibility is their real advantage, and choosing the right design of lamp and putting it in the right place, is a key part of your overall interior design.
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