In most homes, lighting is a common issue. There isn’t enough of it or, more likely, it’s the wrong kind. Lamps are your friends. Overhead lights (especially the kind that you can’t “dim”) are the enemy. And the 40 watt lightbulb is Lord of this world, but more on that later. I find one of the easiest ways to create atmosphere and give most rooms a finished feel can be accomplished with a white lamp.
Most of my white lamps came from my incredibly stylish grandmother, who has a habit of painting or spraying things white to give them new life. This wrought iron lamp went through this process, I’m pretty sure, and works perfectly with the vintage paper shade. The white lamp and accessories juxtapose the dark wood of the dresser nicely, making what could feel like a heavy piece appear lighter.
In my son’s nursery (stay tuned for the full “tour” soon) we needed some additional light in the changing station. This twisting white candlestick lamp does the trick, and fits perfectly with a cream paper shade.
In my bedroom, I have an antique washstand that also belonged to my grandmother that I have adopted as my dressing table. The problem comes at night when I’m attempting to apply my make-up and there isn’t enough light, especially since we have no overhead in our bedroom. This short white lamp solved this issued; I’ve paired it with a caramel colored shade simply because it was what I had on hand, but I actually think it works.
By far the most substantial of the collection, this white ceramic lamp with lattice detailing and cream paper shade serves as the focal point of my living room. A gift from my mom who knew exactly what this room needed, the oversized drum shade gives the otherwise classically appointed corner (complete with a shell alcove, no less!) a much needed modern touch.
- Any lamp can be white! Just paint it or spray it white. Use a high-gloss variety of paint for a polished finish.
- I prefer to pair all lamps with paper or what are known as “card” shades. It’s how they do it in London, and it’s how we should do it here. It makes for better light, and a cleaner, less old fashioned look.
- Don’t go for symmetry. I think matching lamps can look nice if it’s the right lamp. Often, however, this approach feels too decorated. Just use one white lamp on your surfaces and call it a day!