Don't know the first thing about how to choose a lamp? You're not alone. A lot of folks out there are in the dark when it comes to choosing the right lighting for their home. Luckily, Kirkland's can help. If you haven't noticed, lamps are something of a specialty of ours. What can we say? We love shedding a little light on some of the finer (yet still affordable) things in today's home decor. But when it's time to choose a lamp for your room, where do you start?
Different rooms need different kinds of lamps. In some rooms, you need lamps that will bathe the entire room in light. In others, you only need light in small, concentrated areas. Sometimes you want your lamp to blend in with your decor, while other times you want it to stand out as a decorative accent. But how do you choose? Let's get some answers. We promise it will be an illuminating experience!
How To Choose A Lamp For Your Living Room
Types of Lamps: Floor Lamps, Table Lamps, Accent Lighting
Since your living room is a common area, any lamps you choose to put in this room will be on full display for anyone who comes into your home. With that in mind, feel free to get a little more decorative with your living room lamp choices. Use floor lamps for your main ambient lighting, complemented by table lamps for filler light. If you have art pieces or photos hanging on the wall, feel free to use accent lighting (like wall sconces or spotlights) to highlight them. Most importantly, the living room is a room for company and conversation; make sure you don't obstruct the line of sight between any of the seats. You and your guests need to be able to see each other without ducking around your fantastic-looking yet ill-placed table lamps.
How To Choose A Lamp For Your Bedroom
Types of Lamps: Floor Lamps, Table Lamps
If you don't have an overhead light in your bedroom, use a floor lamp or two to provide overall light for the room. Bedside lamps should be smaller than ones you would use in the living room. Also, be sure that these table lamps don't overwhelm the nightstand you place them on; there should still be plenty of room for other things on the table's surface. When it comes to these lamps, feel free to use accent colors that complement the main colors of your bedroom instead of blending. This will help create an attractive and interesting space for you to relax in, and it will reaffirm that—unlike your guest-centered living room—this room is just for you.
How To Choose A Lamp For Your Dining Room
Types of Lamps: Buffet Lamps, Accent Lighting, Chandeliers & Pendant Lights
Chandeliers and pendant lights are a staple of dining rooms, but they can often benefit from the addition of a lamp or two. If you have a sideboard in the room, adding a couple of buffet lamps—one on either end—is a fantastic way to add some extra light. Try to blend the lamp's colors with the colors of the room; these lamps shouldn't be a focal point; the central focus should be the meal on the table and the company around it. Speaking of, make sure the light from the lamps isn't on a direct collision course with anyone's eyes.
How To Choose A Lamp For Your Home Office
Types of Lamps: Desk / Task Lamps, Floor Lamps
Break out the task lamps for this one. When you're working, you need to focus on what you're doing—and so does your light. Keep your desk and table space uncluttered by choosing a floor lamp for your ambient light. Also, to help you keep your focus on what you're doing, choose lamps with simpler styling. Lamps that blend into the decor of your office are less obtrusive and distracting, allowing for a much more productive workspace.
How To Choose A Lamp For Your Kids Room
Types of Lamps: All
Like most kids room decor, kids lamps tend to be smaller and more colorful than their grown-up versions. Whether you're choosing a floor lamp, a table lamp, or even a night light for their room, be sure to pay attention to their interests. Try to match the room's accent colors for a more dynamic feel, but don't limit yourself. It's more important for your child to like the look of his room then for all the colors to match perfectly.
At Kirkland's, we love lamps. We love how easily they can change a room's look, and we love the ambiance they can provide to almost any space. Most of all, we love helping you find the perfect one for your home. We know you'll be able to find the perfect lamp for any room in your home—and you'll find it at a great price!