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Written by: Jovana Milosevic, 06/06/2020
living room with two table lamps and a window

Today we are going to talk about the best table lamps for the living room

Sir Terence Conran, an English designer and writer once said:

The living room should be a place where we feel totally at ease - a temple of our soul.

And indeed, our living space should reflect who we really are and who we are striving to become.

To take your living room to the next level, all you need are some detail-stylish and functional items, such as table lamps.

If you are currently on a hunt for a table lamp, continue reading as we will provide you with some tricks and tips to help you find the perfect one.

Table List Of Our Top Picks:

Style Type
Product Name
Olinda lamp by Rico Espinet
Piper lamp by Mitz
Rockville lamp by Quoziel Lighting
Crooner lamp by Elk-Home
Tabitha lamp
Laito lamp by Seed Design
Stoneside lamp by Stylecraft Home Collection
Simple lamp by George Kovacs
Palace Green lamp by Elk-Home
Prato lamp by Cal Lighting
Poldina lamp

A Quick Buying Guide For Choosing the Best Table Lamp For The Living Room

Here are some guidelines to help you decide on the most suitable design for your space.

If you want a more detailed but user-friendly guide on how to properly choose a table lamp click the link.

Every table lamp is made of these key elements:

  1. Base
  2. Lampshade
  3. Lamp fitter
  4. Switch
  5. Socket
  6. Light source (bulb).

When it comes to the lampshade and bases their main characters are a variety of shapes and materials.

The well-chosen shade should complement the base, and be the “continuation” of the same theme and it will never compete with the base for your attention. Proportions, materials, and shapes of both elements should be in harmony.

white table lamp
An example of a well balanced table lamp

The shape of furniture your lamp will be placed on, and the overall decor of your living room should be taken into consideration as well when deciding on your design. 

Rectangular furniture is likely to be best complemented by a more angular or rectangular shade, while more rounded furniture will work best with a more rounded shade. Of course, rules are there to be broken.

Some manufactures deliver lamps as already predefined elements of your inner space, while others allow their customers to mix and match these two elements in order to find their perfect design. Choose the option that works the best for you.

Functionality is one of the most important parameters to follow.

The different intensity of the light source as well as the color of the bulb (warm, neutral, or cool) will drastically change the atmosphere in your room.

Style is one of the things we have absolutely taken into consideration when creating our list of the best table lamps for the living room.

Our Top Pick Of 11 Different Style Lamps For The Living Room

1. Large Table Lamp

The Olinda lamp by Rico Espinet is a perfect example of a large traditional table lamp, which can easily capture the attention of your guests, not only because of its size but also because of its beauty.

a large white table lamp for the living room by Rico Espinet
Other Info
Lamp size: height 34″, width/diameter 6″
1x 150 Watt 120 Volt type A incandescent lamp (not included)
3-way switch
Shade size: height 9″, upper diameter 19″, lower diameter 20″
8 foot silver cord

2. Small Table Lamp

When it comes to small lamps, Piper by Mitz will bring quirkiness in your living room.

Other Info
Lamp size: height 13.25″, width/diameter 7.50″
1x 4 Watt LED light bulb
Multiple finishes
Shade size: height 7.50
Shade included

Things To Consider When Buying:

You may find that you’re asking yourself, how big the lighting should actually be? 

The proportion between lamps and the rest of the interior elements should be harmonious. Large lighting in strong, bold colors will definitely create a statement and draw attention.

On the other hand, smaller lighting surrounded by neutral hues will blend in better. Which option you choose largely depends on your taste and preferences.

No matter which concept you have gone after, you should keep one tip in mind when deciding on the right size. That is, the bottom of the lampshade should always be lined up with your eyes, while you are in a seated position. The light beam will “travel” free of obstacles and as a result, the task area will be less shaded.

3. Traditional Table Lamp

Overall, the atmosphere in traditionally decorated spaces is homey and inviting. Of course, some smaller details, such as lighting will always enhance your living room and make it even more charming. 

The Rockville table lamp by Quoziel Lighting is an elegant lamp with a wooden base.

a traditional style table lamp with a wooden base by Rockville
Other Info
Lamp size: height 23.25″, width/diameter 12″, depth 12″
1x 100 Watt, 120 Volt medium base
Rotary Socket (On/Off)
Shade size: 12.00 x 12.00 x 9.75
Some minor assembly required

4. Modern Table Lamp

Straight, clean lines, sleek design, and simple yet angled forms are the main characteristics of “modern” design. This style is simple and unadorned. Metal and artificially made materials and fabrics are the main components of the contemporary tendencies in interior decor.

Crooner by Elk-Home is functional, but at the same time utterly decorative detail for your home. With its unusual form and implementation of brass elements in combination with black simple lines, this lamp is truly a piece of art. 

a modern table lamp for the living room made by Elk-Home
Other Info
Lamp size: height 22″, width/diameter 13″, depth 8″
1x 40 Watt, 120 Volt A19 E26 medium base
On/Off line switch
Shade size: 8 x 8
Glass & metal materials

5. Ceramic Table Lamp

If you like the vibe of porcelain table lamps but your budget is tight, then try looking into ceramic table lamps instead. Although porcelain and ceramic are made of similar substances, china is a more durable and less porous material than ceramic. The production of porcelain is more complicated, time-consuming and therefore the final product is more expensive.

The cheaper clay-based material is easy to sculpt and any form of the object can be achieved. With its dynamic texture and neutral color base, Tabitha is a lamp that could fit in almost any living room. It is an elegant transitional piece. 

a white ceramic table lamp named Tabitha
Other Info
Lamp size: height 29″, width/diameter 16″, depth 11″
1x 150 Watt, 110 Volt A21 medium base
3-way switch
Shade size: 16 x 16
Some minor assembly required

6. Wooden Table Lamp

Wood is a material that has been in use since ancient times. It is an organic and biodegradable substance. The feeling of warmth and coziness is usually directly linked to the presence of wood in any room. 

Laito Wood Table Lamp by Seed Design is a fine example of a combined wooden base. Its organic form and neutral hues will fit well in any modernly designed interior space.

a wooden table lamp for the living room by Seed Design
Other Info
Lamp size: height 21.2″, width/diameter 6.3″, depth 15.7″
1x 43 Watt, 120 Volt E26 medium base halogen(not included)
On/Off cord switch
Shade size: height 5.9″
Multiple finishes

7. Rustic Table Lamp

With the tendency and movements to go back to our roots and nature, contemporary rustic is one of the most popular styles in the second decade of the twenty-first century. Natural, aged, casual, coastal are just some of the adjectives that describe this style. Rustic design is warm, comfortable, and welcoming. 

The Stoneside lamp by Stylecraft Home Collection is a great example of rustic table lighting that will bring warmth and coziness to your living room.

rustic table lamp made by Stylecraft Home Collection
Other Info
Lamp size: height 26.75″, width/diameter 6.25″, depth 6.25″
1x 150 Watt, 110 Volt A21 medium base
3-way switch
Shade size: 15 x 17
Some minor assembly required

8. Glass and Crystal Table Lamps

For centuries, crystals were popular among certain classes of society. Glass was pricey and not everyone could afford such a statement piece in their homes. Even today, these pendant lighting fixtures are considered to be a luxury. 

With the evolution of industry glass,  a lamp made by George Kovacs are something to be found on the market. Its design reminds us that less is truly more.

a glass table lamp by George Kovacs
Other Info
Lamp size: height 11″, width/diameter 9″
1x 43 Watt, 120 Volt E26 medium base halogen bulb (not included)
Chrome finish
Shade size: 9″
Shade made by frosted quality etched opal glass

If you prefer considerably big chunks of crystal, Palace Green by Elk-Home is the product to consider.

crystal table lamp made by Elk-Home
Other Info
Lamp size: height 25.5″, width/diameter 17″, depth 9.5″
1x 150 Watt, 120 Volt A21 E26 medium base
3-way switch
Shade size: 16.5 x 9.5 x 11
High quality faceted crystal

Things to consider when buying:

Glass is a versatile material that could practically fit in any space. It is also very fragile, which is something to take into account when choosing a glass or crystal table lamp for your living room. Pricing is on the higher end, which could be an additional con.

9. Metal Table Lamp

This style, also known as industrial chic, is an aesthetic trend in interior design that takes inspiration from old industrial spaces and factories. Metal is one of the main materials that is used to accomplish this philosophy. Believed to be firm and long-lasting, metal made furniture is always a good purchase. 

A good example of a modernly designed, industry-inspired, table metal lamp is the Prato Lamp by Cal Lighting. Not only does this piece give a good task light, but it is highly decorative as well. 

Other Info
Lamp size: height 28″, width/diameter 8″
2x 40 Watt, 120 Volt A21 E26 medium base
Shade included
Shade size: 7 x 5.5
High quality metal

Things to consider when buying:

When buying a metal table lamp pay attention to the overall vibe in your living room and then decide on your preferred design. The only possible negative aspect these lamps could have is their heavier weight due to the nature of the material they are made of.

10. Battery Operated Table Lamp

With the evolution of design and the production of lighting “bodies” and fixtures, lamps with self-contained batteries were introduced to the market. Nowadays, by simply plugging a USB cable in, you can charge your lamp with the help of your notebook computer, external battery, or even a USB station. These lamps are easy to transfer and you don’t need to stress about finding a power source. 

The Poldina Table Lamp s available in nine different finishes and has a battery that can last up to nine hours. Thanks to its timeless design, it could perfectly fit in in any style of your living space.

battery operated white poldina table lamp by Ai Lati Lights
Other Info
Lamp size: height 15″, width/diameter 4.3″, depth 3.4″
1x 2.2 Watt, 120 Volt/240 Volt Integrated LED
Multiple finishes
Shade diameter: 4.3″
Battery lasts up to 9 hours
Suitable for outdoor use

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About The Author:

Jovana Milosevic

Jovana Milosevic

An architecture university graduate, Jovana is a lighting and interior design specialist. She is also passionate about photography, writing, and is quite the travel bug. When she's not writing, taking photos, or traveling, you can find Jovana in a hidden café in her hometown of Novi Sad, sipping on a cup of coffee and planning her next trip.