Choose the proper height. A floor lamp's light should fall in a way that's useful, not invasive or glaring. If you place a very tall one next to your sofa, the glare from the bulb underneath might be annoying and not conducive at all to socializing in a calm environment. Make sure the lamp's light is diffused nicely, in the proper direction; selecting a piece with a flattering shade will help.
Having the table lamps allow you to have more flexibility as they can be moved around your home and are not fixed like other lighting options. You can simply pick up the decorative table lamps and move them to another area when needed. You can use them for lighting a specific area or move them around when you want added lighting elsewhere. The brightness of the bulb in the table lamps will determine how much light you will have. You can feature the decorative table lamps in your decor and you will be surprised how great they look.
If your home is modern and you are simply not sure what type of contemporary lamp will most suit your home's décor, choose a lamp that is simple yet elegant. Wood, glass, and metallic bases are all great choices and there are many elegant styles available including hourglass shapes, rectangle and tri pod, triangle and round. Use decorative lighting that gives off a soft homey glow for entryways, and dining rooms, and of course that romantic bedroom. If you have a particularly dark corner in a room, then a somewhat brighter light can make the area feel more welcoming and attractive. However, don't choose decorative lighting that makes your home look like an airport runway. Softer light is friendlier and more flattering making everyone feel more comfortable and look more attractive.
When redecorating your home, there are many different items of furniture that you can use to make your home look and feel fantastic. If you have the right type of lighting, your home will feel warm and inviting and having decorative table lamps can do this. If you choose the right type of lamps, they can finish your room off and ensure that you have lighting that is useful as well decorative. There are many different designs and styles to choose from and which one you select will depend on your budget and taste.
When looking at antique lamps remember to not clean them up so much. This is especially true with the brass and sterling lamps. Cleaning them too much devaluates them considerably. On the popular series Antiques Road Show I am always amazed at the person with the 100 year old piece of brass that would have sold for $5,000 but one can of Brass-o later is worth about a buck fifty.
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