With so many options to choose from, you may be left confused about which lamp is right for your living room. There are some factors you need to consider first to properly assess the advantages and effects of the pieces you’re eyeing on. Here are a few simple tips on how to choose the perfect living room lamp that fits your savvy, style and budget.
Assessing the Lamp
First, check the size of the lamp. If you are planning to place it on a table, check if it will fit the surface or that the size is proportional to the table. Very huge lamps set on rather small tables will distort the appearance. Lamp shades that extend beyond the total area of the table are also not recommended. The same goes for very small lamps and big tables.
Next, check the weight of the lamp base. You need to check that the lamp will not easily be toppled over. The base should be proportional to the overall size of the lamp in order to provide ample support and stability. Cheap lamps usually have light bases. You can add stones or sand or fix it on the floor for standalone models to make it heavier and stable.
Check the wattage of the lamp. How many bulbs does the lamp have? If you’re planning to add other light sources in the room, a 25 to 60 watt bulb will usually provide enough light for an area of the living room. However, if you’re only using the single lamp to light up the entire room, you may want to invest in a 100 to 150 watt bulb or a 3-way bulb. This gives sufficient light for reading or security purposes.
Check the style of the lamp. If you’re following a certain theme, you may need to choose the material and design carefully to match the color and accents of the room. The material used should also compliment the main theme. A basic rule is that the lamp base should match the finish well. The color of the base should also blend well or create a nice contrast with the lamp shade.
The Lamp Shade
Check the height of the lamp shade. Ideally, the lamp shade should measure two-thirds the height of the lamp base. The right proportion will create a nice symmetrical appearance. The lamp shade should also effectively hide any hardware and fall properly into the body. As far as table lamps go, the lamp shade should be at eye level when you’re seated without exposing the bulb.
Next, check that the width of the lamp shade is one-half inch or more wider on each side than the base’s widest point. Very wide lamp shades also tend to take up too much space so try looking for those measuring the standard 17 to 20 inches.
As for the lamp shade style, it should be thick enough to properly hide the hardware but thin enough to expose the light. Very thick lamp shades might require you to use more wattage to get the right light you need. Opaque lamp shades are good if you’re only trying to create a dramatic atmosphere. There are pleated and non-pleated styles as well while others sport a variety of patterns and colors. Find the right design that matches your living room.