Shopping for a table lamp is about more than merely adding light to a room. “It’s an opportunity to make a statement,” said Caleb Anderson, a founder of the New York interior design firm Drake/Anderson. “You might have a really simple bedroom, but a pair of amazing lamps can take it in a totally different direction, and transform the space.”
There are many ways that a lamp can have statement-making appeal, Mr. Anderson said. It may be a different scale from the other objects in a room, or it could be a sculptural form or an unexpected or luxurious material.
Just don’t overdo it.
“You don’t want a room that’s filled with sculptural lamps,” he said, noting that he sometimes uses a single eye-catching fixture as an accent piece, or a pair when he wants to create symmetry. “You have to let them breathe and shine on their own.”
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