Bedside lamps can set the mood for your entire bedroom, so choosing the right kind of table lamps to adorn your side tables is a crucial part of putting the finishing touches in your den of coziness. You have myriads of selections because there are tons of manufacturers that design bedroom sets and small tables in all kinds of matching colors and styles. Take your time, do your research, and make the right purchase.
Start by asking yourself, "What do I want these lamps for?" Do you want to make a style choice, or do you need enough light to read by as you settle in for bed? You have different considerations for romantic mood lighting, table lamps that brighten a dark corner, or lamp shades that create a softer light. Choose directional lighting for reading or ambient lighting to get rid of any shadows.
Much like bedroom sets, bedside lamps come in several types and styles. Metal lamps with narrow bases work great on smaller bedside tables or if you need extra surface area for books, cups, clocks, and reading glasses. A wider lamp with multiple bulbs provides more overall light. The materials that go into the lamp denote its sturdiness; a metal lamp is sturdier and more durable compared to a glass table lamp or a wooden bedside lamp.
The color of your bedside lamps should match the rest of your bedroom. Consider a dark-colored lamp if your bedroom set contains darker wood or stained wood. If your bedroom set is white, you can match the lamps with your bedding as opposed to the colors of the end tables. You can also match materials of the same color; a dark metal headboard and matching end tables might mean dark metal lamps with white shades to complement your bedroom's look.
Different lamp shades form various lighting effects. A glass lamp shade gives off a glow above the lamp with brighter light below it, while a lamp shade with a wide opening at the top brightens the area above your bedside table and reduces shadows. A directional shade, perfect for reading lights, narrows the light to a specific area.
The material and color of the shade will impact the light effect you get. A dark-colored lamp shade mutes the light given off the side of the lamp, but it focuses light above and below. A metal lamp shade is completely opaque, and if you have a one-sided shade, it brightens either below or above the lamp but not both. A cream-colored sheer shade softens the light all around the table for a romantic feel.
Your bedroom's style plays a part in the type of bedside lamp to choose, whether you want Victorian, baroque, rustic, country, or art deco lamps. Country and rustic furniture is usually made of wood, whereas Victorian and baroque furniture comes in metal. Contemporary styles come from the latest trends in interior decoration. Your lamp should match the decor of the rest of the room so the pieces blend with your bedroom set.
The brightness of the light coming from a desk lamp or any other kind of light source helps determine the lighting effects. In addition to the right kind of lamp shade, you can achieve brighter light with various bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs are brighter than traditional incandescent bulbs, while soft white light bulbs have a more muted effect because the outside glass diminishes the intensity of the inner part of the bulb. Look for the lumens rating on the bulb's specifications and don't exceed the manufacturer's recommend wattage for the lamp.