In addition to the Powder Room makeover I have underway, I’ve also been working on decorating our Master Bedroom.
A bedside table lamp has been at the top of my Bedroom shop list for a while, so when Arteriors invited me to select items from their newly debuted Fall 2016 collection, I went directly to the lighting tab of their website. I chose the Arteriors Eden Lamp, which features 4 stylized ginkgo leaves in a champagne-gold, polished brass finish, with a white onyx base, and an ivory microfiber shade. Wondering what criteria I used to select this specific lamp and what makes this one perfect for our Bedroom? I’ll fill you in, and then you can go through the same factors to find the right bedside table lamp for you.
Always opt for a table lamp that’s bright enough for reading. A 150 watt lamp with a 3-way socket is the best option for a bedside lamp, in my opinion, as it’s compatible with a 50-100-150 lightbulb, which can be adjusted up to be brighter or down to be dimmer. The Eden Lamp fit the bill for me.
Imagine a line extending parallel from both sides of the lamp shade. These imaginary lines are a good indication of the path of direct light that the lamp will provide. With the Eden Lamp in this position, when I’m sitting or lying down with a book, the light will hit the book – my goal, precisely.
The height of the lamp and of the lamp shade are important considerations. I wanted a lamp that would sit taller than our headboard so that I would have direct reading light. A lamp shorter than the headboard would shine direct light onto the bedside table, but not onto the bed. For me, light diffused through a shade isn’t ideal for reading – I prefer the task lighting that comes from direct light. A shorter lamp, in addition to being undesirable for reading, would look too small in scale for our Bedroom. Our sloped ceiling starts at 8 feet and goes up to 14 feet on my husband’s side of the bed, so our lamps have to look in proportion to the height of the room. The Eden Lamp, at 33″H with a 10″ shade is exactly right.
Look for a lamp with visual interest; i.e. an interesting shape, color, or texture. The ginkgo motif immediately stood out to me as a lamp base detail I wanted to examine in greater depth. An item with visual interest holds our attention, draws us closer, and is often described as a “conversation piece.”
One more thing: don’t forget that a table lamp’s light switch has to be easy to turn on and off. When you reach for it every morning and night, you want to be able to access it without too much of a stretch.
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