Lighting Shapes and Styles

A Shape for Every Space
A candlestick lamp may be just right for a petite nesting table or a narrow console, while a roomy end table or chest of drawers can accommodate a more bulky ginger jar lamp. Table lamp bases and shades are available in variations that are just right for every purpose and décor.

A standard, shaded table lamp is the most familiar type to most people. The base or column may be made of brass, wood, aluminum, wrought iron, ceramic, glass or other material. Fabric or glass shades are common.

A buffet lamp is a taller and narrower version of a standard table lamp and often features a candlestick column. Buffet lamps are designed for sideboards and other narrow tables.

An accent light is a small table lamp that provides more ambiance than actual light output. Accent lights often come in decorative shapes that emit ambient light, and are perfect for illuminating small spaces.

A table torchiere differs from standard table lamps in that it directs light upward, most often with a glass or acrylic bowl diffuser. A table torchiere should be placed on a furniture piece that is high enough that the bulb will not be visible when standing near the lamp. This type of lamp can be ideal for bedroom accent lighting.

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