I am not the first interior designer to advocate that lighting is a must when it comes to creating a beautiful ambience in the home.
However, lamps are often overlooked, and if you are sitting in a room right now without any lamps, that makes me really sad for you. We tend to want to focus on the sofa, armchairs and rug, maybe some art here and there and voila! We think the space is ‘done’. However adding a final layer of lamp lighting and décor helps to create a home that feels like ‘you’. When you’re able to express yourself in your home, it feels wildly fulfilling and makes you feel happy. Lamps can help us get those feels and I want that for you!
I believe in lamps so strongly that I would argue we should even add them to the ‘splurge list’. An incredible lamp instantly elevates the space – when placed next to the most simple of sofas, a cool lamp instantly adds a cool personal touch to the room.
And the best thing is; lamps are so simple! There’s no need for structural changes, electricians, and no paintbrushes required.
Here, we’re looking at lamps that provide a beautiful ambience, rather than serve a specific lighting function such as a task light for reading. But, before we go out and splurge, we need to define what our style is. Then, we can find the most perfect lamp for you.
If you’re not sure of your style, I’ve gathered together some lamps in the following categories; organic, tailored, art and pared-back.
You might like to look your wardrobe, think about the way you want to live, or gather images on your Pinterest boards to figure out which style you are drawn to. It may be helpful to take a photo of your space, so that you can keep it in mind when you’re considering what will work.
Also, it’s ok if you don’t have a label for your style, as it’s also fun to simply use your intuition! Go with the lamp that ‘speaks’ to you.