Hate the big light? Here are 9 of my favorite table lamps for every design style

Table lamps are such an easy and affordable way to bring a soft light into your home

A selection of the best table lamps
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I love a good pendant light and chandelier as much as the next person, but when you want to bring a lot of light into your home without having to deal with issues like installation, a gorgeous table lamp is your best bet. Plus, they offer a much softer glow that's often better suited to cozier spaces like a living room or bedroom. Although, that being said I have seen this lighting idea sneaking into kitchens too. 

‘Table lamps are trending because people realize they don’t need to deal with electricians and other stressful circumstances, but table lamps offer similar conveniences at much lower price points,’ says Sophia Shanley, an interior designer at Denver-based interior design firm Duet Design Group

‘People are beginning to realize the joy of the decorative lampshade, which is a table lamp specialty: Different shades produce different ambiances, and for too long we have focused on simple drum shades. In fact, table lamps now come in every option, from natural, modern farmhouse styles to contemporary, bright metal bits, and natural materials are trending, too. This means you can really find the perfect table lamp for your space.’

No matter whether you like a classic table lamp, want to play with funky shapes, or are more interested in sustainable, rustic materials that will stand the test of time, there’s a table lamp out there for you. You can choose to stay minimalist or try out some eclectic interior design trends, but whichever way you want to swing, I can help: I looked through all of my favorite home retailer’s websites to find table lamps that would work for all design aesthetics. 

Dining room painted in Biscuit by Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

Table lamps provide an easy glow to any space, and can be used to bring in extra light while working, reading, and entertaining. There are numerous styles and colors available, and you can even find table lamps suited for decorating small spaces, making them easy, stress-free additions to your home.

Nikhita Mahtani
Style Editor

Nikhita is the Style Editor for Homes & Gardens, making sure our home-savvy readers are always aware of the latest trends and deepening their knowledge of classic design. Nikhita graduated with her Master of Arts in Magazine Journalism from New York University, and has spent a decade in interior design and shopping roles at shelter publications ELLE DECOR and Domino Magazine.