Domino suggests that folks who are into symmetry (yes please) invest in matching table lamps to bring a sense of order. If your tastes are more ecclectic that is fine too, just keep the lamps similar in height and be sure they produce an equal amount of light which can be controlled by a similar sized shade. The resin Janet pair in the photo make for a lovely duo, no?
Clockwise from top left: Collette sinuous gourd lamp with Lucite base $239; Jamie Young Egg hand blown glass base with a silk shade $169 Room and Board; Milling Road wire leg Cage with shallow shade $672; Tree Amalfi Coast coral inspired lamp $795 Providence Antiques; Simone spar mineral lamp $2,500; Westwood Collections ceramic column lamp $175 Kichler; Mercury glass with a reed shade $200 Calypso Home. A fit tip for table shades is that you should never be able to see the naked bulb while sitting in the room. When fitting a floor lamp, use a lower wattage or incandescent bulb if exposed.
Bunny Williams suggests that every room have two lighting modes: one bright for reading and one soft for overall entertainment and ambience. Both dimmers and bulbs can affordably give you this. A bright room can feel institutional and a dim room can appear dingy. Distribute light evenly throughout the room and be sure there is plenty of light in spaces there is seating. The above floor lamp Paris by Broad Beach Design reminds me of the crown molding in Alex and Simon's house that Jill was telling them they need to lose! Right?
Clockwise from top left: Thomas O'Brien adjustable Studio with paper shade $865; Todd Oldham chrome with cherry veneer shade $289 Lazyboy; Wood Twist with drum shade $99 and $39 Lampsplus; Barbara Barry's Lotus $500 Barbara Barry Co; Bruno with metal shade $199 Crate and Barrel; Mod Flos spun metal in white $1,303.95 Ylighting; Bamboo Spindle with silk shade $149.99 Target; Bronze patina Grande Diego with taffeta shade $3,444 O'Lampia Studio.
Sculptural lamps can be tricky. I've had my fair share of falling in love with a cool and artsy lamp only to get it home and not have a place to put it. Clockwise from top left: Ed Carpenter Plastic Pigeon Clip Light $105 SMLPOND; Polypropylene Cube $228 DWR; Max Ingrand's 1954 classic 1853 Fontana $777 Retromodern; Harri Koskinen Block $98 Conran; Philippe Daney
Dolmen $325 and $425 Ligne Roset; Dick Lundgren's Fiore Flatlight $85 MOMA store; Japanese paper Lampampe $730 Ingo Maurer.