Today's Interior Design Guilty Pleasure? Table Lamps!


I have to admit—table lamps are kind of a guilty pleasure of mine. And I’m not set on a particular kind or ones from a era. To be honest, I love them all, from the most traditional to the most contemporary of them.

So—I will share with you, readers, five of my current favorites (which may change to a different five by next week, but for now I’ll have to stick with these):

Hansel Lamp

Why?: The lightness of the cast metal frame creates a great counterpoint to the rustic nature of the design.

Where?: Perfect for a room with a view where you may need a big piece to relate to the volume of the space, but where transparency (i.e., so it doesn’t take precedence over the view) is everything.

What if?: If I could change anything it would be the shade. I believe that a shade that is not as translucent as this would create some great shadowing due to the open nature of the base. This would undoubtedly enhance the design.

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Sparky by Mark Cutler Design

Why?: It is an enormous challenge to find large-scale table lamp with a sense of whimsy to them that could be used in almost any room of the house. This design, based on a spark plug, is what I like to call the perfect Ninja piece—put one in your room and see the looks on your friends’ faces when they realize what they are looking at!

Where?: Well, I think the obvious choice is in a boy’s bedroom (as it is solid enough to survive any nerf ball games), but I would argue that it would also be a great addition to family room, where the slightly irreverent design would brighten up anyone’s day.

What if?: Sparky is available in any color you wish, so I encourage you to be bold. I think if you went with the turquoise or even a lemon yellow it would give the lamp a fun twist and take it in a whole new direction.

Brazilian Agate Table Lamp

Why?: For color, no one can beat Mother Nature, and this brilliant blue agate is the perfect example of a strong color that will add a pop of interest to any space.

Where?: I think that the nature of this piece is a lot like jewelry, and because of that it has a somewhat formal feel to it. My initial inclination is to use it in a more formal space like a living room. A word of warning, though: this piece is really meant to be seen from the front, so try to place it in a part of the room where you are unlikely to see it from the side or the back.

What if?: Placing it on a table by a window will give you its maximum impact, as the daylight will shine through and brighten the agate even when the lamp is not turned on.

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Perch Table Lamp

Why?: I think the real question is, at $69, why not! I love lamps like this, as at this price point I can buy 5 and put them in a row along a sofa table. It will look like a cool, modern collection, and not break the bank.

Where?: A lamp like this is great for a room that already has a lot going on. The total transparency allows you to add to the light level without adding to the visual clutter in the space.

What if?: Adding a cool base (even a plain saucer would do) will allow you to fill it with something fun and totally change the look. In a beach house, maybe it’s shells, in a girl’s room, maybe its plastic flowers, or in a living room over the holiday, maybe use miniature reindeer—no matter what, the extra little decor will certainly provide a talking point.

Square Lucite Lamp

Why?: I have to confess that I am in the midst of a total 80’s obsession, and what could be more emblematic of that decade than a lucite table lamp?

Where?: Any room that needs a bit of a glamorous touch would benefit from this lamp. I think it’s great for a bedside table as it is tall and substantive, but its transparency gives it a lightness too, so your tables will not feel too cluttered.

What if?: This is the kind of lamp where “too much is just enough,” so try changing out the shade to one with a long fringe or even bedazzle the shade with crystals to really add that extra kick.

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