If there is one thing we have happily left in 2023, it's overhead lighting. Why use the bright, sometimes design-less, and often abrasive "big lights," as the internet loves to call them, when you could use trendy, chic, and equally practical table and floor lamps instead? Rather than muddling the vibe and ambiance you as an interior design lover have worked so hard to create, soft, diffused light from free-standing fixtures works in concert with your space, sanding down the hard edges and elevating it simultaneously.
After taking a good long look at some of best home decor stores, we've taken it upon ourselves to compile a quick edit for anyone that's aligned with our illumination-focused resolution. You heard that right — all the digging has been done for you. Another great tip for the new year? Work smarter, not harder.
Finally, if you haven't already, be sure to check out the Livingetc list of ins and outs for 2024 (and click "save" so you can refer back to it while shopping, reading, or browsing the web).
6 Table Lamps to Use Instead of the Big Lights
The marble base combined with the rich velvet shade has a certain cozy and robust vibe that, when fused with a soft lightbulb, feels oh-so warm.
No shade, no problem. With this orb fixture from Soho Home, you get maximum light while steering clear of the switch on the wall. As much of a design statement as it is practical.
Though it's available in four different colors, the Amber variation of this Wooj Design lamp is by far the best if you ask me. Unique in design yet neutral enough to blend in, this trippy table fixture looks as warm as the light it casts.
Paired with more modern decor, this antique-inspired table lamp would prove an excellent contrast for any space in need, especially as its glass shade would cast "distinctive light patterns and shadows" across your room.
The designers of this modern table lamp are devout followers of the Slow Design movement, which focuses on sustainable pieces that promote Zen and a sense of calm. In short, it's a buy you can feel good about.
6 Floor Lamps to Use Instead of the Big Lights
The only thing better than the way this Anthropologie lamp would singlehandedly illuminate a room is its unique four-legged base, which curves out at the top but cleverly comes together at the bottom.
Cool metals like silver chrome will be all the rage in 2024 — capitalize on the hype now by investing in this CB2 floor lamp that handles the emerging trend perfectly.
It's not rattan, which will definitely stick around for 2024, but the raffia covering this Target floor lamp is similar enough in vibe to make this a great statement piece for the new year.
Minimalist, versatile, practical — there's nothing to dislike about this sleek option for Article, and its price point is really just the icing on the cake.
A nice arched floor lamp like this can jazz up a vacant corner and add some height all while offering up an elegant glow.
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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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