Lamps skirt the line between “decor” and “necessity.” After all, most rooms tend to have at least one overhead light. You can get away with not having any lamps if you really wanted to.
But lamps at eye level, not overhead, provide a much warmer (not to mention more flattering) light. Besides making your space cozier, they also are a way to add personalized touches to your home that are still functional. Once you start adding lamps to tables and desks, however, you may find it hard to stop. Here are 12 lamps that will keep you inspired and won’t break the bank:
An animal lamp seems like something destined for a child’s room, but keeping it all-white makes it feel, if not exactly sophisticated, then at the very least whimsical in a way all ages can appreciate.
Clean and minimalist, this lamp from Jonathan Y adds visual interest without making your space feel more cluttered. While the base might be too large for a bedside table (especially if you use it to store your reading material and candle), it would go great on a dresser or sideboard.
Globe lamps are great for adding a bit of warm ambient lighting, and the small footprint makes it ideal for places regular table lamps wouldn’t make sense (in a bookcase, for example). It’s also bright enough to read by if you wanted it for your bedside.
Pendant lights can be an alternative to table lamps when surface space is at a premium. But if you’d rather not figure out how to hardwire one, this is a clever workaround. The wire is designed to be seen. All you have to DIY is a few hooks in your ceiling to get the light to the height you want. This is especially good for areas that need more light but aren’t close to outlets.
Metal plus marble is having a moment. The slim design of this Catalina Lighting desk lamp also makes it a low-footprint way to add lighting to your workspace, bedroom, or living room.
Bring a bit of celestial flair into your space. This adjustable moon can go from “reading light” to “celestial glow.” If you like the vibes of a salt lamp but question its efficacy, this is for you.
Most sculpted ceramic table lamps tend to be bigger, making them harder to use on smaller tables. This mini size has the same big personality, just in a smaller package. (It’s about an inch taller than an iPad.)
A battery-operated light, this is another “go anywhere” option for tight spaces, wall shelves, and bookcases. No need to worry about an outlet or unslightly cables.
The classic industrial shape of task lamps makes them forever in style. This one gets an upgrade with multiple color options color and extra-wide lamp head.
Mushroom lamps are another classic of MCM style that still feels fresh, not overdone.
A monochromatic, matte black lamp feels striking. If your room already has black accents like frames and pillows, it can tie things together. But even if you mostly just have richer or darker hues, this can ground a color scheme.
Tripod floor lamps are a classic, but what about taking them up to the table for a slightly different take on the trend?