The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Decorative Lamps
What is so unique about decorative lamps?
A decorative light can be a focal point in any room. They don't just light up your room but often make the room. Their style, color, and size can convey your personality and add a touch of whimsy (like a character lamp) or a touch of class (like a traditional-style brass lamp). The color of the base or shade can either blend in with the color scheme of your room or stand out as an accent piece in a contrasting color.
What materials are they usually made of?
The materials are quite varied, so you're sure to find one that goes with your decorating style. If you have a house full of rowdy kids, you could opt for lamps that are less fragile. If not, the sky's the limit. Here are some of the many materials used:
- Brass, chrome
- Ceramic, plastic, marble, crystal, glass
- Stained glass
- Stainless steel
- Woven bamboo
What different types of decorative lights are there?There are almost as many types of decorative lights and lamps as there are common uses for them. Some are quite contemporary in style while others lean a bit more toward the traditional. You can also find rustic-style lamps and even those shaped like your favorite animals. Nautical lamps are also available and an excellent choice for a beachy interior.
- Standing floor lamps
- Wall-mounted lamps/sconces
- Table lamps
- Ceiling mounted lights
- Desk lamps, boudoir lamps
- Strings of decorative lights
What should I look for when buying a new lamp?
Size is generally everybody's first consideration when buying them. You undoubtedly know where you plan on placing the lamp that you buy. You don't want one that's way too big for where it will be placed, nor do you want one that is so small that its placement looks ridiculous. When buying a lamp, the length, color, and size are important features. Here are some other considerations when shopping:
- Appropriate size for its placement
- Style: contemporary, ultra-modern, traditional, oriental, whimsical
- A string of lights
- How well it goes with your decor
Where can these lights be used?
For starters, they're a must-have for your bedroom. If you have nightstands on either side of your bed, you'll probably want a matching pair. On your dresser or vanity, you might want a boudoir lamp or two. Here are the areas of your home where you could use at least one decorative lamp:
- Foyer or entry
- Living room, family room
- Home office
- Kids' rooms
- Screened porch or patio