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In fact, if there’s one room in your house where design plays an essential role because it does affect your mood: your bedroom. And bedside lamps are a necessity when it comes to bedroom décor.
To choose the perfect lamp, you must first consider its function.
“It serves as a great transition from your bright, overhead general lighting into your moody lighting for your nightly routine. The same goes for your morning wake-up––it’s best to ease into a fully-lit room,” says interior designer Mara Silber. “For this reason, dimmable lamps are a plus. You also need to consider an easily accessible on/off switch since the last thing you want to do is get out of bed,” she adds.
But the biggest mistake people make when shopping for bedside lamps is the size. Just because the base of the lamp fits on your bedside table doesn’t mean it’s the right size, according to Silber.
“Try not to have the shade diameter exceed half the width of the bedside table. As far as height, the bottom of the lampshade should come to about shoulder height, assuming the height of the bedside table is similar to the mattress height,” she adds.
And speaking of shades, there is another element where things can go wrong. Interior design expert Barbara Schmidt says one of the biggest faux pas she sees is a lamp base topped with the wrong sized shade.
“Usually I see shades that are way too small for the base,” she says.
And one last piece of advice: “Try out a lamp with a similar size in your space before purchasing anything,” suggests Schmidt. That will save you time that you could be spending reading in bed.
Now take a look at some the chicest table lamps for your bedroom.
Pablo Studio Contour LED Table Lamp
Looking for something modern? This sleek LED frame oozes a futuristic vibe but it’s also in perfect balance with a more natural décor aesthetic thanks to its wooden accents.
To buy: $400-$495, lumens.com
Vico Magistretti for Oluce Atollo Glass Table Lamp
Crafted from hand-blown Murano glass, this lamp’s simple yet unique design has made it a classic since it was first launched in 1977. The lamp emits soft light perfect for nighttime reading.
To buy: $842-$2,066, lumens.com
Michael Anastassiades for FLOS Copycat LED Table Lamp
This lamp definitely combines function and style. The hand-blown glass diffuser emits soft, dimmable light while the polished aluminum base adds to its sophistication and elegance.
To buy: $675-$695, lumens.com
Robert Abbey Pike Table Lamp
Add a pop of color to your bedroom with this a vase-inspired base lamp available in 25 bold color options.
To buy: $373-$399, lumens.com
Regina Andrew Design Fluted Crystal Ball Lamp
The elegant crystal base with brass accents makes this lamp a stylish décor addition to your bedroom.
To buy: $195, horchow.com
Crate & Barrel Orda Slate Table Lamp
If you consider your bedroom an evening sanctuary meant for rest after a long and busy day then this lamp ideally fits your philosophy. It is the epitome of understated elegance and nature-inspired design thanks to its blocky base and soft linen shade.
To buy: $139, crateandbarrel.com
Jamie Young Silver Leaf Branch Lamp
The striking gilded design inspired by tree branches makes this beautiful lamp ideal for a bedroom decorated with natural shapes in mind.
To buy: $185, horchow.com
Kelly Wearstler Halcyon Table Lamp
This sophisticated piece features a natural quartz stone base and antique brass shade.
To buy: $1,989, lightingnewyork.com
Arne Jacobsen AJ Table Lamp for Louis Poulsen
Available in ten color options, this cool table lamp allows you to adjust the angle of the shade to create the ideal light distribution.
To buy $1,018, 1stdibs.com
Ralph Lauren Modern Table Lamp
Ralph Lauren’s timeless design aesthetic is perfectly reflected in the company’s décor items, too.
To buy: $999, circalighting.com