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Part 1: Rules for Decorating with Floor Lamps


Are you just finishing up the décor in a room? Do you feel like you’re missing something? Often, if a room isn’t quite right, the lighting might be off. In this blog, we’ll start to discuss some of the key “rules” for decorating with floor lamps that can help take you up a notch when you’re pulling everything together. Here’s what you should know.


  1. Select a floor lamp that complements your décor

Lamps are like jewelry. They should accent the room and complement the other existing elements of décor. For most people, this means a floor lamp should be one of the final items purchased. Unless you fall in love with a lamp early on and know you have to have it, you can most likely find a floor lamp that works with other existing pieces.


  1. Choose the right lampshade

Don’t underestimate how much lampshades can impact your room. On one hand, they’re functional. Their purpose is to protect the eye from the bulb’s glare and direct the light into different areas of the room. On the other hand, a lampshade is part of any room’s décor. Even if the bases of the lamps are different, you can help to unique them with lampshades that have the same shape.


Here are some suggestions on different types of shades depending on what style you’re looking for.


  • Modern or contemporary: Simple and streamlined shade design
  • Classic: Tapered shades blend well with traditional décor
  • Understated: Slim bases and drum-shaped shades add height and drama to a space without overpowering other decor


  1. Consider both texture and color

Although lamps are accessories to any room, they should never be overlooked in terms of how they can elevate the style of your home or office space. Lamps offer the ability to add both color and texture and where appropriate contrast.


Does your room need a bold pattern or interesting texture? Do you need something to add just a little extra pizzaz? The right floor lamp can do just that!


  1. Reflect on how the base and shade work together

Many floor lamps will come with the base and shade together. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t pair a different shade with your lamp if you have something different in mind. One rule of thumb in the lamp world is selecting a shade that mimics the shape of the lamp itself. This often looks like…


  • Square base à square or rectangular shade
  • Round or bulb-shaped base à round or drum-shaped shade
  • Tall, thin base à conical shade or miniature shade


Another rule of thumb is that the width of the shade should be at least as wide as the widest part of the lamp (which can be up to 2x the width). The shade should be 40 to 60 percent of the height of the lamp. In numbers, this may compute to having a 30-inch lamp with a 13-inch shade.


Final thoughts

What did you think of our first round of rules? Do you think they’ll help you as you begin shopping for floor lamps? Head over to LuxuryFloorLamps.com, read more blogs for tips, and start browsing!  We’ll be back next week with part two.