Thursday, March 18, 2010

Nashville Interior Designer~ How to select the right lamp

 Have you ever been out shopping for a lamp only to get underwhelmed? These days it has become increasingly hard to find a good looking lamp that does everything our high multi tasking lifestyle demands. One of THE most important factors in choosing a lamp for a room is selecting one with proper scale. If you are unclear about scale make sure you read this post about Scale and Proportion. As I perused the internet I was amazed to find so many photos with the wrong scale of lamp.
This is a beautiful room, however the lamp is getting lost next to the large sofa. In fact the lamp shade is really the only thing that the eye sees.

                                         
Once again, this lamp is too small. It is too close to the adjacent wall color and the size does not work for the large items next to it.

                                     
This little floor lamp should go back to her super model days, she is just too skinny and wimpy in this room of high ceilings and large furniture.

When choosing a lamp always remember our motto, "GO BIG or GO HOME". A home doesn't need a lot of accessories. But lamps are a necessity. Choose lamps that are tall, 30" or higher. And pay attention to the wall color that the lamp will be up against. Ask yourself these questions when choosing a lamp.Will there be a contrast? What color is the shade? How large is the shade? Will the type of shade provide the right amount of light for my room? Does the shade work with the wall color, and the furniture next to it? Does the lamp have the right scale in proportion to the other pieces in the room? Here are some examples that will leave you with a bright idea on selecting your next lamp!

                                               
Here is a beautiful example of the perfect lamp for this room. It has a wonderful proportion, beautiful contrast with wall color and the shade also has contrast. It applies to our "GBGH" (GO BIG or GO HOME) motto and the shade is the perfect size to diffuse light onto the sofa for an afternoon of guilty pleasures with Nora Ephron.

                                         
Perfect symmetry to balance a well decorated room. Black shades are the perfect choice against the handsome burlap colored silk draperies, adding depth and texture. The height is ideal for reading and the lamps will create a bewitching glow and shadowing, in the evening as the light dances in and out of the drapery folds.

Selecting lamps 101
1) Make sure the scale and proportion works for the room you are decorating. ( review the photos above. It is easy to see that the lamps are not "right".
2) Choose a shade and lamp that has contrast with the adjacent surroundings. Contrast can come from direct color variation or simple texture differences.
3) Select a lamp shade that works with the function of the room. Round shades ( also known as drum shades) put out a lot of light in all directions. Ribbed shades that are rectangular, or bell shaped will generally push light down and constrict the light to a focused area.
4) GO BIG or GO HOME. We don't need a lot of accessories. Choose a great sized lamp with a beautiful shade and you don't need any other accessories on the table. Remember 30" or higher is always a good rule of thumb. 

Need to know where to shop? Here are a few of my favorites:


Need more help? Have questions? Email me. Don't forget to follow us on TWITTER and join our FACEBOOK fanpage


24 comments:

  1. I agree with go big or go home. I bought some bigger lamps at Homegoods that I have had one of on the nightstand and the old one on the other. I liked the big but was so used to the small. This gives me the confidence.

    I was worried more about the table to lamp proportion not room decor to lamp. Thanks for the encouragement!

    ReplyDelete
  2. yes, yes, yes, we'll get together when you come!

    i loved this post! so informative, and the photos really articulated (can photos articulate?) your point. i'm all about lamps right now.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh Amanda..I could have really used this advice a few weeks ago...but still in the nic of time as I am STILL looking for the right lampshade to go with my lamp...thanks for the pointers ;) x

    ReplyDelete
  4. Amazing tips as always! Of course I love that pink lamp. LOL :) Thanks for your brilliant advice!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great tips on lamps, I usually just get mine at garage sales, haha :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. stop over and see my almost complete re do of my living room. i'm getting there! Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  7. oh thank you thank you!! I've been searching for lamp (s) for our bedroom, and I have been very "underwhelmed" by the selection I have found in various places. I can't wait to check out those sites, if all goes well I will be sending you a pic!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks so much for this article, it's great! The first room is the ideal living room for me, I especially like that "table"!

    kiss

    ReplyDelete
  9. Very amusingly worded, thank you.
    Just when I think I have the hang of scale, you remind me to think about the wall color behind the lamp also. Hmmm...

    ReplyDelete
  10. Great post! I never thought of the way I choose my lamps. I just always look for something that is going to pop (except the one in my bedroom. it will change in the new house after reading your post).

    p.s. Thanks for leaving me a comment. I'm always very excited to discover a new reader and great blogs!

    ReplyDelete
  11. It's going to be finish of mine day, however before end I am reading this great article to improve my know-how.

    Feel free to surf to my web site - Usuario:Carlo86U Wiki del PLUG

    ReplyDelete
  12. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your web site and in accession capital
    to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Any way I will be subscribing to your augment
    and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.


    My web blog click through the up coming document
    Also see my site -

    ReplyDelete
  13. For most up-to-date news you have to pay a visit
    world wide web and on web I found this web site as a most excellent web site for hottest updates.


    Stop by my website seo expert india

    ReplyDelete
  14. Why visіtors still make use οf to reaԁ news рapers when in this teсhnοlоgiсal world everythіng іs existing οn web?



    Ѕtoρ by my web ѕіtе -
    payday loans

    ReplyDelete
  15. You actuallу maκe it appeаr really easy along wіth youг prеsentаtіοn
    howеveг I finԁ thіs topic tо
    be гeаllу something which Ι feel I'd by no means understand. It kind of feels too complicated and very huge for me. I am looking forward for your next submit, I'll try to
    get the cling of it!

    Take a look at my web sitе - payday loans

    ReplyDelete
  16. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!
    It's the little changes that will make the greatest changes. Thanks for sharing!

    my homepage ... Klick Hier

    ReplyDelete
  17. This is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Short but very accurate info… Many thanks for sharing
    this one. A must read post!

    Here is my blog - best Uk reseller hosting

    ReplyDelete