Put boring light in the shade

Table lamps are the life blood of a well put together room. They will instantly bring a room to life visually, and on an emotional level will make your space seem warm and comforting. Switch a few lamps on in a dull room and you’ll instantly create a snug, peaceful ambience.

When choosing table lamps consider the size and shape of the space you have available on whatever surface you are using and make your choice accordingly. Remember, paler colours of shades, such as whites, creams or greys will allow more light to be seen.


As the human eye loves symmetry, it makes sense, where possible, to use lamps in matching pairs. Two of the same lamps  at either side of a console table always looks smart and tailored in a hallway or sitting room.

Matching lamps on small end tables, book-ending a sofa, not only look great, but provide extra light for reading. A pair of bedside lamps on either side of your bed on nightstands, will frame your sleeping space beautifully.

In all of these room scenarios “identical twins” of lamps are always better than mismatched odd pieces.

However, a stunning large, one-off  lamp can also create a captivating focal point in a darker corner  – it also makes for an illuminated umbrella under which you can place your treasured and interesting décor items.

On bulkier, larger lamp bases, glass is always a fantastic finish because it doesn’t dominate or take over the room in the way other materials might. It lightens it’s presence [no pun intended!].

Candlestick bases look eternally elegant and are perfect for pairing on a smaller surface. Floor lamps not only give a strong visual feature in any room, but also provide terrific task lighting where space is limited for side tables. The perfect pal for a stand-alone accent chair.

Neutral finishes like nickel, glass or washed wood are supremely versatile fitting in with lot so different decorating style and colour schemes. These also allow you to move lamps from room to room when you make changes or re-decorate.


Joseph swan invented the light bulb in 1860 – although Thomas Edison is often regarded as the American hero who did.  Edison patented his design in 1879, and merely improved on British inventor Swan’s patent from 10 years earlier.

[ I wonder ….. when he though of it, did a lightbulb light up above his head?!]

He must have been a bit of a bright spark!

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