What is a Table Lamp?
The versatile table lamp has long been a staple for any home. It serves many purposes including task lighting at a desk, nightstand reading or elegant buffet lighting. It also has a wide variety of shapes and designs to suit any décor from classic lines with a clean-lined lampshade to rustic elements like jute, bamboo or driftwood. You can even find a lamp with a USB port that doubles as a bedside charger.
What is a table lamp?
A table lamp is a portable lamp that’s usually in the middle of the range of size between a mini lampshade and the larger floor or buffet lamps. They typically output around 100-150 watts of light depending on their design and shade. Some may have a 3-Way bulb option that allows you to change the intensity of the lighting.
Many people use table lamps as a way to add lighting to spaces that are often overlooked by other lights. For example, a table lamp placed on an accent shelf or behind a sofa can illuminate a favorite artwork or a treasured family heirloom. Another great place to use a table lamp is a foyer or entryway where it can help you see the doorknob, open your keys or put on shoes.
Most table lamps will have some kind of base material to support the lampshade and provide stability. The type of base is a matter of personal preference and it’s important that the overall look blends well with other elements in the room. For example, a lamp with a metal base can work with any decor style but it’s important that the metallic color of the base doesn’t clash with the colors or materials in the room.
A popular choice of base material is wood. Many woods have a traditional or classic appearance and this makes them an excellent match for these kinds of decor styles. Other common types of bases include marble, granite and glass. Using a glass base can give the lamp a more modern or minimalist look while using a marble or granite base can lend an elegant feel to your space.
The shade of a table lamp is the most visible part of the piece and it’s a critical factor in determining how the lamp will look. Some shades are opaque while others allow some light to filter through them. A transparent shade tends to have a more contemporary feel while an opaque shade has a more formal appearance.
As with the base of the lamp you need to think about the color of the lampshade. A white or warm white lampshade can be used with any decor but a bright white shade is best for workspaces and offices. A warmer tone can make the room feel cozy and inviting while a cooler tone can make it appear more professional.
The finish of a table lamp can also have an impact on the overall look. Some finishes are shiny or glossy while other have a matte appearance. Glossy finishes can bring a bit of sparkle to a space while matte finishes offer an understated elegance.