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How to Choose a Bedside Lamp

Posted by CCE Bloggers on 2/12/2018 to General Home Decor
How to Choose a Bedside Lamp

Regardless of how your bedroom is decorated, it needs a bedside lamp. This otherwise simple accessory offers both aesthetic and functional benefits. As the name suggests, bedside lamps are placed on the nightstand next to the bed. When you wake up in the middle of the night, you can flip the switch without trying to navigate through the dark. Additionally, a bedside lamp adds real value to your bedroom's decor, enhancing the environment with new colors and visual elements. But if you plan on using one in your bedroom, you'll need to choose the right type.


One of the first things to consider when choosing a bedside lamp is the size. Like all lamps, bedside lamps are available in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from short and small lamps to tall and large. A good rule of thumb is to choose a size that's relative the area in which you will use it. If your bedroom is small and features small furnishings, for instance, you should stick with a small bedside lamp. On the other hand, if your bedroom is large and features large furnishings, choose a large bedside lamp.


In addition to choosing an appropriate size, you should also consider the color of the bedside lamp and how it corresponds to your bedroom decor. If your bedroom features black furniture, for instance, you should avoid using a brown bedside lamp. We've talked about this before, but it's worth mentioning again that brown and black clash; therefore, they shouldn't be used together in the same room or area. Your bedside lamp doesn't necessarily have to feature the same color as the surrounding furnishings, but it should flow together in a cohesive manner.


Something else to consider when choosing a bedside lamp is the lampshade. Different lamps have different lampshades, varying in size, shape, style, material and design. Again, it's best to stick with a lampshade that flows with the rest of your bedroom decor. Keep in mind, however, that some bedside lamps are designed with interchangeable lampshades, meaning you can switch them out.

According to TheSpruce, the ideals size for a bedside lampshade is two-thirds the height of the lamp and twice the width of the lamp. This size offers optimal illumination for bedtime reading.


Finally, consider the style when choosing a bedside lamp. If your bedroom features a modern decor, you should choose a bedside lamp with a similar modern style. Alternatively, if your bedroom features a rustic decor, the lamp should also feature a rustic style. Matching the style of your bedside lamp with that of your bedroom is essential to creating an attractive decor.

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