10 On-Point Table Lamps That Will Instantly Elevate Your Lighting Game

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WORDS BY Erica Buehler

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Published on November 9, 2021

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: lighting is the most effective way to breathe new life into a space without breaking the bank. Even a small table lamp or low-profile wall sconce can transform a room while taking up little to no precious real estate.

Case in point: the below stylish table lamps hand-selected by our lead designer Vivian Torres. Whether you’re giving your nightstand a design face-lift or hunting for the best reading lamp for your new Reading Room, these 10 styles nail the lighting trifecta: they’re chic, functional, and affordable. 

Ahead, check out her vetted selects and upgrade your homes’ lighting game in one fell swoop.

Modern Table Lamps

marble reading lamp

1. The Fremont Table Lamp from Neva Home

Up first on Torres’ list is the Fremont lamp — a distinctly modern piece that will lend the perfect brutalist touch to any space. “I absolutely love the contrast between the sculptural base and the traditional marble finish,” notes Torres. “It makes a statement without overwhelming a room.”

brass reading lamp

2. The Tripp Iron Table Lamp from Loom 23

If you’re looking to add a hint of gold to your living space or bedroom, your search ends with the Tripp Table Lamp. “The wraparound metal base draws the eye in, while the minimal white lamp shade grounds the design,” says Torres. “Pair it with a clean-lined accent table for a standout modern look!”

New Classic Table Lamps

classic reading lamp

3. The Ceramic Striped Table Lamp by Nomad Home

This statement table lamp boasts subtle pattern and visceral texture all in one. “I can’t resist a traditional rounded base and a striped pattern,” says Torres. “Those classic details look great when flying solo, and truly sing when combined, as with this beautiful piece!”

wood carved reading lamp

4. The Mendocino Table Lamp by Hudsonhill Foundry

Part rustic, part modern, this wood-carved table lamp is the perfect sculptural piece for any side table or nightstand. “I love how the head-turning carved wooden base is grounded by the black finish and white linen shade,” explains Torres. “It’s perfect for someone with a traditional design aesthetic that still wants something a little outside of the box.”

textured reading lamp

5. The Blue Glaze Ceramic Table Lamp by Nomad Home

With a speckled ceramic base and subtle pattern, this table lamp from Nomad Home doubles as a piece of art. “The blue textured base and dot pattern takes this table lamp from basic functional accessory, to envy-inducing statement lighting,” adds Torres.

Luxe Table Lamps

glam reading lamp

6. The Rozella Alabaster Table Lamp by Arlo Home 

“The columnar silhouette and glamorous gold details zhuzh up the minimal alabaster base for a splash of luxury,” says Torres. In other words, this is a no-brainer table lamp if you’re looking for something modern and a touch palatial. 

gold traditional reading lamp

7. The Greek H Key Table Lamp by Arlo Home

If you’re looking for an ornate table lamp with a historical flair, consider the H Key table lamp.

“The iconic Greek key motif has been used across architecture, art, and fashion for centuries; it’s versatile like that,” explains Torres. “Style this lamp with plush furniture and black accents for a show-stopping combo.”

brass sculptural reading lamp

8. The Brass Stacked Column Table Lamp by Nomad Home

White and ivory lamp shades may get all the attention, but don’t sleep on black for a moodier atmosphere. “I love the contrast in this table lamp — the asymmetric stacked base feels very Old Hollywood, while the tailored black shade lends a fresh vibe.”

Bohemian Table Lamps

slender reading lamp

9. The Pogo Brass and Cane Table Lamp from CB2

With a brass base, pleated lamp shade, and cane detailing, this CB2 table lamp is both timeless and trendy. “The mix of old and new makes it the perfect accent piece for a living room, nightstand, or console table,” notes Torres. “It makes just enough of a statement without being overpowering.”

10. The Penelope Table Lamp from Anthropologie

Who doesn’t love a hand-painted table lamp? This traditional piece from Anthropologie is “perfect if you’re looking for a statement piece with a touch of artistry,” says Torres. “It’s beautifully whimsical and would even look great in a kids room or nursery!”

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Words by Erica Buehler