Good lighting can develop the right atmosphere and instantly transform the look and feel of your living space. Painting is the first “low expense, high impact” project most decorators recommend for home improvement, but lighting can make just as big a difference.
It’s all too common to live with one ugly overhead fixture for years without realizing that a few well-placed lamps can make a home so much more beautiful.
Apart from lighting, mirrors can also help with natural sunlight and help the room feel larger, so we included some of our favorite contemporary pieces that add incredible style and taste to your rooms.
The Best Lamps
Height: 31″; Width: 19″; Base: 8 1/4″
Shade: 17″ x 17″ x 12 1/2″
Wattage: 1 – 150 Watt Type A
The Cannes Table Lamp comes is 3 finishes, Glass, Gold, and Burnished Silver.
Shade diameter: 5.5in; Shade height: 7.7in
Base diameter: 7.7in
Paul Smith has collaborated with Anglepoise® once again to create the Type 75™ Desk Lamp – Paul Smith – Edition Two, testament to this designer’s remarkable deftness in instilling modernity and new life into a well-loved design classic. Made in aluminium, with stainless steel fittings, cast iron base with aluminium cover, and Anglepoise® constant tension spring technology.
Shade diameter: 5.7in; Shade height: 5.9in
Base: 5.9in x 5.9in
The Original 1227 editions feature heritage inspired colors and authentic brass details. With constant tension springs and flexible shade, the stylish desk lamp offers unrivaled flexibility, smooth movement and perfect balance
Shade diameter 9.1in; Shade height 7.9in
Base diameter 12.6in
Delicate petals redirect and soften the light of the Vita Copenhagen Silvia Table Lamp, a lightweight fixture that systematically eliminates glare with layers of polycarbonate.
The thin leaves fan outward from the center of the shade, creating an even spread of internally reflected light. The shade can be placed on the tripod base in an up or down position, simplifying maintenance while also allowing you to change the look of the fixture. The shade comes in three colors; black, white, and copper.
The Pablo Gloss LED Table Lamp amps up the functionality factor by splitting the humble shade in two.
The dual-focused LED lamps fully rotate and tilt, with the independent operation of each transparent acrylic shade controlling the desired mix of direct and indirect light. An integrated full-range dimmer allows for additional fine-tuning of the ambiance.
15″Dia. Height of alabaster varies from 9″T to 12″T; adjusted height of lamp varies from 24.25″T to 27.5″T.
This organic, modern table lamp is made of natural, raw alabaster and brass. The natural linen shade with comes with a styrene backing and it uses two 100-watt bulbs. 5.25″L extension rod is included with purchase.
Elegantly lively, this handcrafted table lamp features a silver-plated coral shape topped off with a white linen shade to add just the right modern touch.
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Fixture Height 31″, Width 20.25″, Depth 4″
The Global Views Twig Wall Sconce will help bring the outdoors in and no doubt set the tone and personality of your room. Cast metal twigs appear to be growing out of the wide rectangular metal shade, the non-UV up and down light glinting off the gilded branches.
Twig is offered in a hardwired or plug-in option, the latter of which includes a 36′ cord cover that visually serves as a slender tree trunk. They are priced depending on finish and installation type, between $947.50 – $997.50.
18.125″W x 5.5″D x 28.75″T; Weight, 7.25 lbs; boxed weight, approximately 9.4 lbs.
The Devon two light sconce is perfect for large rooms or hallways. Made of metal with a warm brass finish and fabric shades, it adds light and traditional sophistication.
.8″W x 4″D x 13″T. Weight, 3 lbs. Boxed weight, approximately 4.4 lbs.
Inspired by a “childhood filled with flower gardens,” designer Tommy Mitchell works with a combination of copper, gilded brass, and steel to design and create striking floral sculptures in his North Carolina studio.
Meticulously painted and gold-leafed by hand, each is signed and dated. Their tactile finishes reflect his attention to detail developed over 20 years as a restoration specialist working with art and antiques.
Size: 47″W x 1.5″D x 47″H; Weight: 33.77 lbs
The sunburst mirror receives a Hollywood Regency-style makeover, thanks to the dramatic lines radiating from its center and shimmering aged gold finish. Add one onto a blank wall to add an instant sunny personality.
Size: 23.5″Dia each
Brilliant together or apart, this set of sunburst mirrors illuminates the walls with a golden sheen.
- Size: 32″W x 3″D x 32″H; Weight:50 lbs
A modern take on a classic design, this brilliant clear mirror will complement any room, from the bedroom to the bathroom.
- Size: 2″L x 32″W x 47″H; Weight:46 lbs
- Made of wood/mirror