Brighten Up, Lighten Up: Home Lamps go a Long Way in Stretching your Decorating Dollar
One of the easiest, most affordable ways to spruce up a room is to update your accessories. The simple act of changing a throw, accent pillows, and lighting features can have dramatic results. To effectively change the look and feel of interiors, be sure to evaluate all table lamps. Does each room have a cohesive “lamp look”? Are there rooms that are severely under-lit? Does your lighting for the home look outdated compared to the rest of your furniture and accessories? Do your lamps reflect your overall design sense?
Be sure to consider what kind of look you’re going for. What does the room call for? What is it primarily used for? What do you want to achieve with your lighting? Do you want a harmonious, streamlined effect or a playful, creative look? For example, when selecting a bedside table lamp, you may opt for something soft and rounded, something soothing and on the smaller side. You’ll likely opt for a soft white or pink bulb with a three-way option. Carefully selecting the right light for the space affects the mood. While the use of LED bulbs is becoming more popular, most people opt for the softer “old fashioned” incandescent or new compact fluorescent bulbs when lighting certain spaces due to the quality of light they afford.
Consider that adding a new lamp or two costs merely a fraction of what a new sofa or rug cost. And just because it’s affordable doesn’t mean it looks cheap. For example, you can embellish and enliven a dining room with a buffet table lamp or two. Consider flanking both ends of the buffet table with matching lamps that illuminate not only the room but your beloved china set, family photos, and keepsakes. They also help to create “life” in what is often and under-utilized room in the modern home.
Lamps can bring much-needed pops of color without a big price tag. This is a great method for updating a space, particularly as the seasons change. Summertime calls for cool colors, pale greens and blues and whites. Spring renews passion with soft, pastel pinks and butter yellows. Fall warms a space with pumpkin orange and noble purples. Winter is cheered up with the use of bright, primary colors, especially forest green and cherry red. If you prefer a more minimalist, tonal look you can make simple updates through the use of pattern, shade styles and different base materials including various metals, woods, ceramics and glass.
No matter what your design aesthetic, you can quickly and easily change a space by regularly rotating the lamps in your home. While built for functionality, it is a lamp’s design that helps you feel like a million bucks in your space, and often for less than a night on the town.
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