Illuminating ideas

Need some inspiration for illuminating that space? From elegant and edgy to classic and quirky, here are 15 ideas to light the way.

A well-placed, well-designed table lamp can make all the difference in how a room looks and feels. It can be a captivating, stand-out-in-the-crowd centerpiece or blend subtly into the background. It can add warmth, soften shadows and instantly mellow the mood or it can be a great task master, lighting any activity ablaze — from reading to needlepoint.

The natural hand-carved wood flowers of the Ella lamp by Arteriors creates a simple but visually interesting sculpture. The linen shade is lined in cotton to match. Found locally at Furniture Classics or visit arteriorshome.com.

The unique and fun Pom Pom Lamp is perfect for a dorm room or rec room. Each gooseneck twists to direct the light and holds an aluminum wire “pom pom.” Available locally through Scan Home or visit adessohome.com.

The antique-inspired Frasier desk lamp by Arteriors features an accordion arm that adjusts as needed. The vintage silver finish lends depth and warmth to this classic design. Found locally at Furniture Classics or visit arteriorshome.com.

This handsome table lamp from Lite Source’s Lanterna Collection brings a strong industrial look and yet a warm feel to any space. Found locally at Sadler's Home Furnishings or visit lite-source.com.

Put the spotlight on vintage industrial design with this one-light table lamp in a smoky bronze finish from Kichler's Durban collection. Found locally at Brown’s Electric, Total Electric Supply, Decor Lighting or visit kichler.com.

Featuring an overhang design, the shade in Quoizel’s Tiffany-style Pomeroy lamp appears to hover over the center of the lamp base. Found locally at Brown's Electric and Sadler's Home Furnishings or visit quoizel.com.

Calm yet eye-catching, the silhouette of this Pacific Reed vase table lamp resembles a South Pacific find. Topped with a linen hardback shade. Available locally at Treeforms Furniture Gallery.

Cast a warm glow with the Adesso Stix table lantern, a sculptural wonder with its twisting metal tower frame made with stacks of woven black cane sticks. The feet are ball-accented to protect surfaces. Found locally at Scan Home or visit adessohome.com

With its mix of materials including brass and steel and its impeccable design, the Bell table lamp is a room-defining piece. Available locally at Treeforms Furniture Gallery.

Restoration Hardware's Spencer lamp features crystal glass spheres that hang like gems within its iron grid. Visit restorationhardware.com.

Add a splash of coastal flair with this Seaspray Table Lamp, featuring a pearl white finish and a double pull chain. Found locally at Treeforms Furniture Gallery.

The Galileo Series 6031 table lamp by Holtkoetter has a dimmable glass base and a three-way switch in the shade. Found locally at Brown's Electric or visit holtkoetter.com.

Adorn an interior with mid-century modern sophistication with the George Kovacs Earring Table Lamp. An oval white linen shade orbits around the even larger oval detail of the frame and diffuses a soft ambient glow. Found locally at Brown's Electric and Furniture Classics or visit minkagroup.net.

Aston from Hudson Valley Lighting pays homage to modernist Bauhaus design of the 1930s with its striking silhouette and shiny stainless steel composition. Fully adjustable, Aston is both delicate and masculine yet adaptable to a variety of environments. For local retailers, visit hudsonvalleylighting.com.

Get the mobility of a floor lamp along with the precision of a reading lamp all wrapped into one fixture. You can customize George's Reading Room by George Kovacs to your precise needs with an adjustability from as low as 46" to a stretch up to 70". Shown in chocolate chrome. Found locally at Brown's Electric and Furniture Classics or visit minkagroup.net.