|Decorating With Lamps|
Some Guidelines on Decorating With Lamps
1. Do not use a lamp that has a shade that is larger than the furniture on which it is sitting. If you find that you need a tall lamp on a narrow console, use a lamp with a rectangular shade.
2. It is not necessary to have all the lampshades in a room the same color. It adds interest to include lamps with shades that are colored, parchment, black or patterned.
3. I like to put lamps in places they are not typically needed for task lighting... in bookcases, on bathroom vanities, on kitchen counter-tops or dining room sideboards. These are the places where you can use lamps to add drama and surprise. A pair of candlestick lamps on a sideboard or console makes a terrific focal point.
4. How many patterned lamps you can use in a room depends on the size of the room to some degree. Although some pattern is good, it is probably best to use combinations of patterns sparingly. To keep things interesting you can add "theme lamps" such as lamps that are animals or other figurines. These also add a variety of shape that creates interest.
5. A lamp that is used for task lighting should not have its bulb be more than 36" from the work or reading area. You should also keep in mind that a wider shade sheds more downright than a narrow shade. However if the lamp is too far away, you may be catching the glare of the light bulb.