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How to Choose the Perfect Contemporary Lamp

Posted on June 16, 2012

Modern architecture favors clean lines and minimalist decor. When lighting a modern home, this typically means using small recessed cans to light many of the rooms. This provides a clean, contemporary feel, but for many people it just doesn’t provide enough light. In these instances it is important to supplement your modern lighting with some contemporary lamps. The important thing is finding a modern lamp that serves a specific function, fits in with your modern decor and lifestyle and is cohesive with your contemporary aesthetic.

First, it is important to determine what type of lamp your space will allow for. For example, if you have limited space and already have end tables in your room, it will be important to find a contemporary table lamp rather than a floor lamp. If you have more room than you know what to do with, then try a lamp style that has some mass to it. If you don’t have space for an side table, then perhaps a modern floor lamp with a small footprint is the right choice for you. If there’s no room beside your contemporary sofa, then you might think about table lamps on a console behind the sofa or even an arc lamp that arches over from behind. Are you REALLY limited on space? Then you might want to consider a lamp whose base can slide underneath your sofa taking up little to no real estate like the Doughnut lamp below.

Doughnut Lamp

The next thing you’ll want to consider is function. What do you planning on doing in the space where you’ll be placing your contemporary lamp? If you’re just looking for general light, modern torchiere lamps are a great way to brighten up any space. Contemporary torchiere lamps have uplights that shine onto the ceiling. This light then reflects back down bathing your contemporary space with even light. If you’re an avid reader, then you’ll probably want a modern reading lamp with a directional light to help light your book. These usually have an easily movable arm that you can direct at your reading material and adjust the distance. Or if you need general light and reading light, check out the lamp below. It’s a combination contemporary torchiere and modern reading light in one!

Tochiere and Reading Combo

Sometimes you don’t really need your lamp to be functional at all. In many cases a contemporary lamp can be beautiful and sculptural serving little purpose other than looking nice and providing a nice glow to warm up your modern home.

The last things you’ll want to consider are material and style. Do you like wood or metal? If it’s wood, do you like dark woods like wenge or light woods like maple? Do you prefer chrome, stainless, or are you more of polished brass lamp kind of person? Contemporary lamps come in lots of finishes and textures, and that’s just for the base. Modern lampshades are also available in a wide range of materials from fabric to glass to plastic. Contemporary lamps also come in many forms from minimal to sculptural, so be mindful of what your space needs – a minimal lamp that will disappear, or a whimsical, sculptural lamp that will make a statement.

Whatever you choose, modern lamps are a great way to bring warmth and of course light to any space. My your search for the perfect lamp be ILLUMINATING!

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