The Subtle Art Of Lamp Placement: 5 Bright Ideas

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Light changes the moods and effects in a space. And lamp placement becomes an effective strategy to transform a space. Here are 5 bright ideas!


Lamps amplify your decor and style but they also have a crucial function: illumination. While this may not be apparent in a window-filled room, it becomes imperative in a room with little to no natural light. With strategic lamp placement, you can easily add light to any dark room. Below are some tips on how to light a room the right way.

Bright idea #1: room purpose

With any room, it is important to establish its purpose before attempting to decorate, accessorize, and light it. Determining how you will use the room will help to ensure that you choose sufficient lighting.

Whether it’s a play room, dining room, or reading room, each will require different lighting options such as the frequency and brightness of each lamp. You should also consider what elements of the room you want to highlight when deciding where to place your lamp or light fixture.

Bright idea #2: lighting purpose

While it seems simplest to go out and buy a few floor and table lamps, it’s important to consider the purpose of your lights before you make a decision. For instance, you don’t want light shining directly into your eyes while sitting next to it. Recessed lights and track lighting might be more suitable for your lighting needs.

Bright idea #3: lamp size

In this case, size does matter. Making sure the lamp is appropriately proportioned to fit the space you have in mind is important for design and safety reasons. Not only would a massive lamp look disproportionate on a small side table but it could easily get bumped or knocked over. The same goes for a small lamp on a big table. Plan ahead and take measurements so you know how much space you have to work with.

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Bright Idea #4: lamp shades

When it comes to lamp shades there are a few important factors to consider. The first is deciding how much light you need the lamp to cast. If you need the light to illuminate an entire room or give ample light for reading, a translucent shade is best suited. If the lamp is just an accent piece, an opaque shade will create a dramatic look.

Another factor to consider regarding your lamp shape is width. The wider the brim, the more the light will be shed. A tighter, smaller shade circumference will cast less light.

The height of your lamp shades is also important. Designers recommend that the shade be one-half to three-fourths the size of the lamp base. All internal hardware should also be covered by the shade.

Bright Idea #5: lamp placement

After choosing the proper lamps, it is as important to place them in the correct areas because improper placement will lead to inadequate light in the room. Generally, floor lamps are used to illuminate corners and reading areas as they tend to have a wider rays of light as well as requiring a higher bulb wattage. As for filling in the rest of the space, table lamps usually do the trick.

From shades to colors to styles, the beauty of lighting a dark room is that you have the freedom to personalize your light source through the versatility of lamp styles. Consider our tips to shed some light on the subject!


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