Selecting the right lamp for rooms within your home can be really tricky – especially when there are now so many lamps available, both online and in retail stores. To keep this ‘how to’ post simple and easy to apply to your lamp selections, I have compiled a list of considerations to think about before purchasing your next lamp.

Firstly, what is the function of the lamp? – is it accent lighting, task lighting. This will determine the style and size of the lamp and shade. ie. if the function of the lamp is as a reading light, you may want to look at lamps that have an adjustable head.

What colour and style lamp would complement the scheme that is already happening in that room? – are you working with a neutral colour scheme, coastal blues and greens, vibrant bursts of colour? For example if you have a modern home with mainly mid-century style furnishings, I would consider what materials and colours complement this scheme. Timbers, solid colours…. and I would then know that you can probably rule out mercury glass and oriental blue and whites.

Scale and proportion. Consider exactly where you are going to position the lamp in the room – on the side table, console table, floor or bedside table for example – and what size furnishings are the around this position.  If the lamp is too small it will fade into the background, however if it is too large it could dominate the room and be of more focus then you had originally hoped for it to be.

A lamp should perfectly combine both function and aesthetic! Function for a lamp can be interpreted in two ways – 1. as a reading light or mood lighting, 2. being a decorative feature that is used to add a point of interest or to act as a feature in the room. Although the second point could be seen as being more of an aesthetic consideration, I believe that the placement of furnishings within a room complement and enhance the function of that space for its users!

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These lamps work beautifully on this hallway console table. The scale is appropriate to both the ceiling height and the over sized antiqued mirror, and in conjunction with the collection of blue and white ginger jars, proportion also gets the tick!

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This living area is the perfect example of successfully combining function and aesthetic.

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This bedroom has a large pendant light which is the main focal point of the room, so the

two copper bedside table lamps add subtle textural interest and task lighting.

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Scale are perfectly considered in this console table vignette, as is the selection of the polished chrome lamp base and elegant black shade. 

If you need any further tips on how to select the right lamp when you are decorating, or if you are looking for something unique at a great price and have not yet found it, please do not hesitate to contact me for a list of suppliers that I love to use!

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