Lighting is an excellent way to make a statement at home, andtable lampsspecifically can be integral to any well-styled vignette. If you recently scored a table lamp and are looking for a way to rock it at your place, you’ll want to keep the following pro tips in mind as you’re hunting for the perfect set!
Color is key for more than just aesthetic purposes, though—it will also play a role in terms of function. “Don’t forget that the lighter the lampshade, the more light that shines through,” Beth Diana Smith comments.
A lampshade may be beautiful on its own, but if it isn’t quite the right size for the base you have in mind, leave it behind—scale is imperative. As Smith says, “The most important thing is that the shade is proportional to the lamp. Personally, I choose a shade that is roughly 50 to 60 percent of the height of the lamp itself and wider than the lamp’s base.”
Murray says that when it comes to width, a shade that extends one and a half to two inches further than the widest part of the lamp on each side is ideal. But, that said, breaking the rules a bit can also make a major statement. “You can do an oversize shade or a smaller shade to exaggerate or minimize a lamp,” Bethea shares.