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4 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Floor Lamp

Floor lamps these days are a designer’s best friend; they are sleek, modern, unique and energy efficient. As such, it’s little wonder that homeowners and interior decorators can’t wait to get their hands on floor lamps when designing the room of their dreams.



The only thing is, given the large number of styles to choose from, it’s easy to buy something that doesn’t really suit your home and many buyers struggle to determine what it is they should be looking for in a floor lamp to get their perfect match.

Well, that’s what we are here for.

Here are our 3 top tips on choosing the perfect floor lamp for your home:


First, decide on the purpose of your floor lamp

The purpose of your floor lamp is going to have a massive impact on the design, type and wattage of the lamp that you choose. For example, if you are simply looking for a floor lamp that is aesthetically pleasing and casts a warm glow over your room, then an upward facing lamp with a warm orange/yellow glow and a low wattage is going to be best for providing the ambience you are looking for.

However, if you are looking for a more practical floor lamp for reading, then you are going to want to get a lamp that casts a good light and that is flexible for movement into the best reading positions.


The eye level rule

The height of your floor lamp is essential in where it fits in and you should always measure a space and consider the eye level rule before investing in your floor lamp.

If your lamp is going to be located in a passage way or a kitchen or somewhere that people are going to be standing, then it can be a taller lamp; simply measure from the floor to an average adults eye level and the bottom of the lamp shade or lamp should meet up with it.

A small floor lamp in a room with high ceilings is going to get lost, so it’s important to consider the height, size and space where you are putting your lamp.


Make a statement

One of our favourite things about modern floor lamps is that there are so many options for signature lights that make a statement; from hanging lights over the kitchen table to sculptural masterpieces that will simply be the centre of attention to your room.

Remember your décor

It’s always important to keep the rest of your house décor in mind when you are buying a floor lamp. This ensures that your floor lamp will stand out but not clash.

If you live in an old country manor, for example, then you probably shouldn’t invest in a modern, sleek floor lamp that wouldn’t look out of place in a city centre deluxe apartment. If you have a minimalistic, modern household with black marble tops and straight geometric lines, then it’s worth looking into something more slick and stylish.

These are just some of the aspects to keep in mind when you are looking for the perfect floor lamp. We’ve got an exquisite selection of floor lamps to suit any household, simply have a look at our range and contact us if you’d like to know any more about these and our other stylish lights.


Designer Tips for Decorating with Table Lamps

Lighting is surely one of the most beautiful aspects of any room or home. It can brighten up a space, add a touch of charm and it can create an ambience that makes your home inviting.

Decorative table lamps add a special touch to any home and can be seen as pieces of art as well as brilliant ways of adding just the right amount of light.



Read on to discover a few quick designer tips for decorating with table lamps and how you can make the best use of these fantastic home accessories.


1.       Give Attention to Accent Colours

If you’re going with a table lamp that has a vibrant accent colour as its base, you will want to ensure you are tying things together in that room with other accessories of the same colour. Try adding a few throw pillows with the same colour on your sofa or perhaps you can add a piece of artwork on one of your walls that complements the colour well.

Using the same shades will create a cohesive look to your room and ensure that you are using a colour palette that is well-suited for the space. Accent colours are great ways of creating a theme for your decor or simply evoking the vibe you are trying to achieve.


2.       Never Make the Bulb Visible

Have you ever sat on a sofa and have had the jarring sting of a light bulb ruin the ambience? Unfortunately, many people forget that the table lamp should create a cosy feel and not just be used for the purposes of giving off good light. When you choose your lamp, be sure that the bottom of the shade is at eye level when you’re seated.



The talented lighting experts here at Christopher Wray can help you find the perfect table lamp for your specific needs. They can take the appropriate measurements, have a look at the dimensions of your room, and recommend the right table lamp for you.


3.       Get Random

Table lamps with different bases can look great in the same room. This gives an eclectic feel to the space. However, you will want to unify them all by giving them the same shade. Although you want to get random with the bases, you will still want the look to make sense from an aesthetic standpoint, and giving the same shade makes the whole look cohesive. In this case, you can really get creative!


4.       Spacing Matters

If you’re placing more than one lamp on the same table, you’ll want to be sure to leave about 2 feet between them. If they are placed too closely together, they will look clumped and messy, which might not be the best look. So keep the spacing of your table lamps in mind when you’re placing them close together.


5.       Shading is Key

When you’re decorating a room with table lamps, you want to be sure that you are paying close attention to just how dark the room is. If you’re lighting a dark room, then you can pick a lighter or translucent shade so that the lamp gives off more light. In this case, the actual light given by the table lamp is key. 

If you’re lighting up an already bright room, you can go with a darker shade and pay more attention to the look of the base and how it suits the decor.

Table lamps serve as a fantastic way to add a little bit of charm to any room. By strategically placing these lamps you can really bring out the life of a room and create a specific look for your chosen space.