If you ask me, chic lighting is the unsung hero of every room. It sets the vibe and mood; it decorates and illuminates; and, if done well, it makes your furniture (and you) look better. Natural light is best, of course, but a few strategically placed floor and table lamps can satisfy just as well if windows are hard to come by.
Speaking of lamps and the many varieties of stylish illumination, I've just rounded up the best of the best table lamps on the market right now, and have humbly returned to share with you all a brand new, equally exciting edit: the best minimalist table lamps.
'Minimalist table lamps focus on highlighting luxurious materials that seamlessly blend with the latest lighting technology,' interior designer Nicole Cullum told me, when asked what design sensibilities turn a regular table lamp into a minimalist one. 'These lamps use geometric shapes, clean lines, and materials like metals, marbles, natural stones, and solid woods for an elegant and artistic look.'
It's a trend for the new year, for sure. 'Designers are revisiting traditional lighting styles like sconces, library lights, and lamps to strip away unnecessary details and turn the focus towards a more modern aesthetic,' Nicole continued, discussing 2024. 'Simple yet interesting sculptural shapes turn a basic light fixture into an eye-catching moment.'
So get ahead of the pack now and swap all your typical, drab table lamps for something a bit chicer, artsier, and more exciting. New table lamps here we come!
12 of the best minimalist table lamps
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This modern and minimalist design is all the rage right now — and thanks to Target, it can be yours for far less than the average retailer. Perfect for dressing up a mantle, desk, or hutch.
A sleek, straightforward silhouette matched with a tone-on-tone color blocking. Minimalist perfection!
I love using Japandi-style pieces in a bedroom or on a desk — their clean lines and simple silhouettes evoke relaxation and zen, which is exactly how I'd like to feel lying in bed or working my 9-to-5. This simple and affordable Amazon option totally understands the assignment.
This alabaster base screams minimalism to me — a simple, hearty material that appears smooth and ridgeless, but upon further inspection, is actually more textured and beveled than it seems.
Crafted atop a ceramic base with a textured finish, this chic and simple table lamp has everything: a modern touch (that would be the sculptural base), clean lines (the aged brass neck and the Belgian linen shade), and a sleek frame.
This raffia-covered piece is quite different, I'll admit, but the dark black color and the drenched silhouette are simple ... in a unique way.
Much like the former option from Lumens, the cutout resin base on the Urban Outfitters plays with a thin frame for less visual clutter. The end result is quite desireable.
A simple terracotta base is outwitted by a curved, sculptural silhouette that elevates this minimalist lamp from banal to brilliant.
I love how sturdy, strong, and striking a concrete base can be without any other embellishments or flourishes. Minimalism at its finest.
More reminiscent of sculpted rock than a table lamp, this alabaster light is far more versatile than its counterparts and therefore better suited for any part of the house.
What's so great about the Loftie Lamp isn't its semi-translucent shade or simple white frame (both of which are very minimalist), but its additional function as a wifi-enabled sunrise clock.
Where should I use a minimalist table lamp?
The beauty of a minimalist table lamp is that in can fit in truly any room . Natural, neutral coloring and versatile design elements are typically key tenets of such a piece, meaning its very likely you could stash one of these anywhere you'd please.
'Most often people think that a minimalist lamp can only go in a matching minimalist space, but today’s trends are all about having a collected and curated design,' said Nicole. 'Add a minimalist table lamp in an unexpected space like a home office or living room for a sophisticated, sculptural element.'
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Brigid Kennedy is a style editor at Livingetc.com, where she is responsible for obsessively combing the internet for the best and most stylish deals on home decor and more. She was previously a story editor at TheWeek.com, where she covered both U.S. politics and culture. She describes her design style as colorful and clean, and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, and curating impossibly niche playlists on Spotify. She lives in New York.
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