If you visit a Southerner’s kitchen or library or bedroom, you’ll likely notice a bevy of comforting and welcoming decor ideas, including special attention paid to ambient light. That’s because the right warm glow in the right spots can make or break how friendly and cozy a space feels.
Lately, I’ve been drawn to the world of smaller lamps, even tiny ones, that provide a sunny beam of light on bedside tables, desks, bookshelves, mantels, and countertops. Below are a few of my favorite sources.
This handmade design from Hwang Bishop softens utilitarian spaces like a kitchen. $1,010; shophwangbishop.com
Pairing this tiny wood base ($148; anthropologie.com) with this patterned shade ($98; anthropologie.com), both from Anthropologie, would introduce a little moment of graphic interest on a bookshelf.
A modern, bubbly look by Schoolhouse strikes a handsome note as a task light on a desk. $299; schoolhouse.com
A dainty scalloped raffia shade and glossy chocolate brown ceramic base from Serena & Lily would bring a little glamour to any corner. $258; serenaandlily.com
This example from Visual Comfort has an ideal silhouette for any style of home bar—like something out of a Wes Anderson hotel. $479; visualcomfort.com
An all-black lamp like this one by Currey & Company will balance any wall color or pattern with flair (and lends a noir edge). $238; burkedecor.com
Jayson Home’s monochromatic concrete lamp would perch perfectly on a stack of books in a library. $78; jaysonhome.com
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