I love lamps in lonely places. A small lamp can add magic to a dark bookcase, an old desk, a kitchen counter, a dusty bar cart – really any odd corner of your home that looks unloved and has an outlet nearby. That last bit is important. We have a small, awkward entry (but at least it’s an entry!) and once a year I experience a memory lapse and exclaim: “Oh! I’ll add a lamp!” This is followed by an embarrassed pause as I remember that there are no outlets in our entry. The cat has the decency to look away.
Overhead lights can be unflattering, over-bright and, in my opinion, they can suck the joy out of a room kind of like canned mushrooms on a fresh pizza. Ideally you should have multiple lamps in a room. I love seeing a teacher’s classroom where they’ve permanently turned off the overhead fluorescent lights and have scattered lamps around the room. When I see this, I know I’m meeting a kindred spirit.
Here are a few ideas to get you on the same “Put a Lamp On It” page as me. In general, these aren’t lamps to read by, these aren’t lamps to even play a hand of rummy by, these are just ambiance lamps. Lamps to bring some cheer, some romance, some warmth to a dark spot in your home that needs it – these are mood lighting lamps.
I just finished Chuck Wendig‘s amazing book Wanderers (two enthusiastic thumbs up) and, if you make it far enough, there’s a Willie Nelson reference and ever since then I’ve been on a Willie Nelson kick!
Laura is a Denver Interior Designer who runs an Interior Design Studio based in sunny Colorado with a strong commitment to livable and interesting interiors. She also runs The Colorado Nest, a Denver blog about Design, Art and Life in the Mountain West and co-hosts the book podcast "The Inside Flap" on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.
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