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Designer Table Lamps – A Cut Above The Rest

If you want to go the extra mile with your interior décor then invest in designer table lamps. Visually stunning they will bring instant style to your indoor space. Good lighting should be seamless so team your designer table and floor lamps with ceiling pendants to create the perfect layering of light.

Let’s take a look at some of the exquisite pieces from leading designers that can take your interior lighting to a completely new level.

Lamps That Form Part of the Décor

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Green Credentials

Functionality is important but a good designer table lamp should work as a piece of art in its own right when displayed in a stylish setting. Take the Cone Table Lamp for example, designed by architects at graypants. A talking point and striking addition to any room, this lamp’s shade is handmade from recycled corrugated cardboard to prove its ‘green’ credentials. Position this truly unique piece on a side table next to a sofa making sure the bottom of the shade is no higher than eye level.

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Statement Pieces

You can base the whole design of your room around a carefully chosen piece of lighting that creates a dramatic effect. Take the Antler Table Lamp, striking and eclectic in style, this handmade lamp by renowned UK designers David Hunt Lighting will take centre stage in any stylish home. This eye-catching piece of lighting is produced in resin and features an authentic looking pair of antlers hand-painted in Highland Rustic colours. Team with wooden floors, decorative rugs and traditional leather sofas to complete the look.

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Unique Shapes

When choosing a designer table lamp you should expect a beautifully crafted piece of lighting and something a little bit different to add an interesting dimension to your interior décor. Harlequin, a lifestyle brand internationally recognised for its statement wallpapers and stunning designer fabrics have produced the Contour Platinum Table Lamp – Sensei Pearl Shade. Unique in shape with a platinum glazed ceramic base and handmade fabric shade, this elegant table lamp will work beautifully in a contemporary setting. Use Harlequin wallpaper as the backdrop to this striking modern piece.

 

Whether you have a minimalist contemporary décor or a more traditionally styled home, a well-chosen designer table lamp can bring your space to life. If you are searching for something unique and distinctive then take a look at our complete range of designer lighting.

For more inspiration check out our Lighting Ideas section.

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Why are table lamps so important?

It’s often the simple things that make the biggest impression, so choosing the right table lamp shouldn’t be overlooked. They can make a world of difference to the overall feel of your interior design.

This type of lamp can essentially contribute two things to your decor. They will complement and enhance the style of a room and play a big part in setting the lighting ambiance through the size and thickness of the shade and strength of the bulb.

The perfect accompaniment?

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Calm elegance

A room in your house may be decorated in a colour scheme you love but for some reason the room seems a little plain. A table lamp is a great way to signify the style you are going for. The Dillon Chrome Table Light is such a simple way to give a décor the feel of refinement and distinction. This perfectly symmetrical and statuesque lamp is a statement of elegance. It’s easy to picture the Dillon in an expensive hotel room.

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If you have a classic or traditionally styled room that is crying out for something to really accentuate its style then the Blenheim Table Lamp Satin Chrome may be the perfect accompaniment. This lamp is the very definition of classic elegance. It would look well suited next to a large brown leather arm chair sitting near a roaring fire. Its traditionally shaped shade will force the light down and outwards for a calming tonal illumination.

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Deco or debonaire

Sometimes a lamp will not just add to the style of a room but become a feature in itself. If something that has the feel of the art deco appeals to you then the Valencia Vertical Table Lamp may be what you are looking for. It would look astounding on a glass coffee table. When illuminated the light would work gracefully with both the body of the lamp and the table.

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Alternatively you may be after a touch of maturity with a lamp that oozes cool debonaire style. For a refined simple style take a look at the Zaragoza 3 Light Table Lamp. It’s easy to imagine this lamp giving a small splash of colour to a contemporary setting, possibly on a metal table next to a black sofa. This lamp is effortlessly stylish and will suit a wide range of home décors.

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Character and personality

If you are the kind of person who loves striking and interesting furnishings then you are going to adore the Pineapple Table Lamp. This lamp has an eye catching appearance and when illuminated will definitely draw attention to itself. It would not look out of place in a glamorous casino in Las Vegas.

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Finally we have a touch of 70’s esque elegance in the form of the Tiger Table Lamp. Everything about this lamp screams retro character. It is the kind of lamp that will help to add a warm and inviting feel to the appropriate room.

There you have it a quick look at some of the most interesting and elegant table lamps available, but this is only a very small selection. For our full range click here.

Alternatively if you need more inspiration? Check out our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.

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Reading Lights – A Guide to…

As we get older, we all hope to have more time to relax and enjoy life a little; chances are, reading may be one of the pastimes you choose to relax with. Light levels are of utmost importance, depending on your age and the time of day (or night) you prefer to read. Our requirement for improved light increases the older we get: For example, by the age of sixty, we need three times as much light for reading than in our twenties. As our eyes are incredibly important, accounting for up to eighty percent of our sensory perception, they are definitely something we don’t want to neglect.

With one of Lighting Direct’s reading lights you’ll hopefully be able to enjoy reading well into the twilight hours and your twilight years.

Wall-mounted reading lights

For an attractive and practical reading light that is also economical, why not choose the Klosters Chrome and Wood Reading Light? It combines a general bedside light with an ultra low energy 1w snake head LED reading light. You can also install a low energy bulb into the general light, saving even more money and energy. Both the lights have separate on/off switches, giving you complete control over the lighting effect in your bedroom – perfect for if your partner is sleeping and you want to read to the end of the chapter or beyond.

Similar to the Klosters light, but with a slightly more contemporary design, is the Chamonix Reading Light. Again, with a separate general light and reading light, which can be controlled individually, although not as low-watt as the Klosters, it is still very light energy consumption at only 3w. The cool white LED is excellent for creating perfectly crisp and clear light for reading by, without disturbing the rest of the household. The snake head means you can direct the light exactly where you need it.

For a super-stylish, contemporary light fitting that can sit in either your study or bedroom, take a look at the Falko Reading Light with Glass Shade. This lovely light is three point adjustable, making it easy for you to angle the light exactly where you need it. It can also be installed to sit horizontally or vertically, depending on your bedroom or study layout. The rotary dimmer on the back allows you to create a cosier, softer ambience if needs be.

If you want a low energy, incredibly safe and unobtrusive contemporary reading light, look no further than the Vail Chrome LED Reading Light. This excellent light has an ultra-slim snake head design that will sit quietly in your bedroom until you require it. It uses six daylight LEDs, which use only 0.5W of power, making this light incredibly economical. LEDs are very safe and emit no heat, making them excellent for placement where children may be.

Mother & Child Uplighter Lamps

Our next light will sit just as well in your living room as it would in a bedroom, thanks to a more traditional design with a satin brass finish. The Montana ‘Mother and Child’ Floor Lamp in Satin Brass serves as both an uplighter and task light – the ‘mother’ is the main light, and the ‘child’ is the secondary task light. An opal glass diffuser and dimmer switch on both lights, which have separate light switches, give you complete control over ambience.

This light is also available in Satin Chrome, which has a contemporary look, for those who prefer modern finishes.

Desk lamps

A desk lamp which works well as a reading light is the Hugo in a Satin Chrome finish. This will suit most contemporary settings, but it is also available in Antique Brass. Not only a stylish light, it’s also incredibly practical thanks to an adjustable head, making it easy for you to direct the light exactly where you need it. The finger tip control and touch dimmer makes it the perfect bedside reading or study light, as you have complete control over light intensity, simply by running your finger up or down the track on the base.

Epilogue

When it comes to reading the importance of lighting cannot be underestimated, so make sure you look after your eyes by removing any unnecessary strain. If the above suggestions don’t quite take your fancy or you simply want more options feel free to browse the full range of reading lights from Lighting Direct.

Looking for more inspiration and advice? Try our Lighting Ideas section.

Maxine Clarke Senior Buyer

Maxine has been our decorative buyer since 2015. With her experience in working for consumer-led brands, she is the perfect person to pick out the latest lighting trends for both your home and business. Maxine has an eye for the best up-and-coming lighting from the UK and around the world and works tirelessly to add new brands to our portfolio. One of her trends to watch in 2020 is connectable garden lighting; with summer garden parties more and more popular, being able to build and extend your own outdoor lighting with spotlights, festoons and string lights has never been easier – simply plug and play.