Ever since I was an early teen, I’ve loved soft, low lighting. Something about the ambiance, the warmth and sense of belonging that I felt just captured me.
I remember “fighting” my dad over the overhead ceiling fan light switch. He would turn it on. I would turn it off. He would then turn it on again. And so it went…. I tried repeatedly to explain the beauties of lamp light to Dad…much to no avail.
In college, I shared a very tiny, but lamp-laden dorm room with three other girls who loved the coziness. Now, my husband and I are living in our third home…and we have lamps. Lots of lamps.
Twelve lamps to be exact.
1. Contemporary Sass. I bought this lamp from the high-end furniture store that I worked at for three years. It resides in the living room.
2. Estate Sale Lamp. The lady I worked for during my college interior design internship gave me this vintage lamp. It came from an estate sale and my boss surprised me with it as a graduation gift.
3. TJ Maxx Loveliness. Isn’t it just perfect in the foyer?
4. Walmart perfection. I have two of these lamps on my piano. I found the tassel at Hobby Lobby on clearance for only $1.50! Score.
5. Ridley’s nursery lamp. I picked this lamp up at Target. I’m not crazy about the shade, but it’s working for now. A friend picked up the little toy puppet in Germany and I just tied it on.
So, what’s the scoop on lamp light vs. harsh overhead light?
- Lamp light is much more flattering. (Who doesn’t want to look perty?)
- Overhead light typically is brighter, stage-like and washes out skin.
- Lamp light doesn’t show as much dust or dirt. (Ask me how I know.)
- Overhead light reveals too many secrets. Ha!
- Lamp light provides a cozy, welcoming ambiance (love that word!) in a room.
- Overhead light makes me want to run the other way…fast.
Not all overhead lights are bad. I just don’t prefer sitting and squinting under a glaring overhead light if I don’t have to.
Of course, I love chandeliers, recessed can lights, track lighting and many other types of lighting. Installing dimmers allows lights to be adjusted for many different occasions…bright light, low light and anywhere in between. Versatility rocks!
Gain the “cozy factor” by controlling the glow!
Here’s an example of overhead lighting done well. This is the tray ceiling in our bedroom. Our builder installed tube lighting in the tray. It is w.o.n.d.e.r.f.u.l! Combined with lamps on our nightstands, the lighting is balanced, cozy and just perfect!
So, what about you — Are you a lamp lover or an overhead light lover?
How many lamps live at your house?