A Lesson in Lighting

Lighting is an important element to consider when decorating a space. On the practical end of the spectrum, we have the kind of bright light needed for tasks such as cooking in the kitchen, beautifying in the bathroom, or reading at a desk. The opposite side of that spectrum is softer lighting for ambiance. The most comfortable rooms sit at a balance of both, a lesson I very recently learned in my own living room.

My problem wasn’t that I didn’t have enough light. It was actually that I had too much, or too much in the wrong places I should say. When we moved into the apartment, all we had in terms of table lights were task lamps, which are great, not dissing task lamps at all here. The one we were using atop our living room side table was this awesome Industrial Task Lamp in polished nickel from West Elm. I’ve had it for years and it’s served its purpose in a number of spots in my home, however there was something about having it right above our heads at the couch’s corner seat that felt a bit like we were under police interrogation. You know, like, ‘We have witnesses who place you at the scene of the candy bowl massacre last night.’ It really wasn’t good.


Above: Gaby Burger’s home via The Glitter Guide. Photo by Anna with Love Photography.


Above: Shannon Claire’s living room via her Burlap and Lace Blog.

It is pretty, isn’t it? Which is definitely why it took me so long to switch the task lamp for a traditional table lamp, of which I probably wouldn’t even have tried if it weren’t for the ginormous new flat screen television we purchased “for the Superbowl” which forced me to switch around some existing tabletop decor.

The end result of this accidental improvement is light that feels cozy and rustic.


Above: Photo via Pinterest via Desire to Inspire. Original designer unknown.

Our apartment walls are Sherwin Williams Dover White so the natural toned lamp shades provide a warmth even when not in use. Create the look with the following pieces:

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Above: Weston Rattan Table Lamp via Overstock.com.

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Above: Linden Droplet Table Lamp from Target.

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Above: Lite Linen Shade Lamp from Crate & Barrel.

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Above: Coventry Summer Lattice Lamp via Bed Bath and Beyond.