Choosing Table Lamp Bases and Shades

Table lamps can help add layers of illumination to a room, working alongside pendants and sconces to create different moods in the space. But it’s also important to consider what type of material you choose for the base and shade, as different materials can help bring out the best in your design style.

Glass is a versatile and durable material for lamp bases, from the transparent look of a blown glass vase to the textural appearance of a curved smoked glass table lamp. Transparent glass can also make a room feel bigger by eliminating barriers between the light source and the eye, so it’s a great choice for small spaces where you want to open up the area.

Stained glass lamps are another common choice for those seeking to elevate their design styles with a unique touch. These stained glass table lamps often feature colorful patterns and motifs like flowers, dragonflies and other insects or geometric shapes that are hand-painted onto the lampshades. Authentic Tiffany style lamps tend to be conical in shape and have a smoother appearance than reproductions, so it’s a good idea to carefully inspect the shade for any imperfections before you buy. If you knock on the shade and hear a rattling sound, this may indicate that it’s not an authentic Tiffany design.

Clear glass can also work beautifully as a table lamp base, particularly in an antique or vintage design. A classic blue blown glass lamp with a posh brass finial and white linen shade would fit nicely on a bedside table, while a clear glass lamp with a fluted ceramic base would look fantastic on a high console table in the living room.

Lastly, a curved cast-ceramic stoneware lamp is a great option for those looking to bring an organic, natural element into their designs. Havenly lead designer Toussaint Derby recommends this particular lamp for its downward-focused lighting that’s ideal for desks, plus the anthropomorphic shape that “gives the sense of being watchful over your work.”

When choosing a glass table lamp, it’s essential to think about what kind of style you want to bring out with your color choices and texture choices. Do you want the lamp to stand out as a focal point, or do you prefer it to blend in and complement your existing decor? A lamp in a neutral hue is ideal for blending into your room’s overall look, while more vibrant shades can help create a statement. Shop west elm’s great selection of glass table lamps today to find the perfect one for your home.

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