Friday, February 26, 2010

Upscale Lamps

I finally received my March issues of House Beautiful and Traditional Home yesterday. Upon first flip-through, I noticed an uptick in large scale lamps used in several of the spreads. Have you picked up on this lamp super-sizing trend?
The most obvious example I found was in this family room done by Ruthie Sommers in TH. (By the way, this colorful and family-friendly home is a fave between the two issues)
Although a bit hidden by the sofa, you can tell the celadon green gourd lamp is huge! If it is wired for double lighting, I'm guessing it provides adequate light for a good part of the room, but more importantly for lamp luvahs like myself, it adds instant drama - undoubtedly a statement piece!

In House Beautiful's ode to blue issue, the Venetian glass lamps chosen by Tobi Fairley for this foyer make a truly luscious statement. If you're gonna drop thousands on a set of lamps, you better believe bigger is better!
I've always considered smaller-scale lamps appropriate for bedside tables, to help create a more intimate feel, but I've definitely had a change of heart. These grand, silver trophy lamps only reinforce the stately comfort of this bedroom.
Again, another blue setting - this time a dining room done by Kristen Panitch who took advantage of scale by placing two, large gourd lamps atop an already tall buffet. The lampshades top out three-quarters of the way up the curtain panel, and yet they don't look strange. In fact, they are perfect!
My sister recently needed a pair of lamps for her dining room console. She wasn't sold on the style of these, but I convinced her the scale alone made them worth a try. With a bit more table styling, the pair will soon take center stage!
I'll be anxious to hit up the closest HomeGoods (where sister's lamps were bought) when I'm Stateside to see if there's any more large and in charge lamps!

14 comments:

my favorite and my best said...

those blue venetian glass lamps are outrageous!

i was at homegoods yesterday and struck out..well..that's not entirely true, i got a big, round, widemouthed vase for the "bucket-of peonies" look i am going to rock dining room table style come spring.

also some pretty, cut glass, wide mouthed glasses for water or booze-y cocktails.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love the larger lamps. I've also seen so many of the smaller lamps elevated on books to give them a larger proportion. It all looks great. Hugs, Marty

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Perfect timing! I was just this morning looking at a lamp in our room (much like the blue glass ones...but white with a sea grass shade)...I want to put it in our LR when it is painted and re-done.

Thanks for the images! Love your sisters too though!

Kathysue said...

I love the entry by Toby , so elegant. I think most people don't have large enough lamps in their homes. I think you have made a very good observation. Great post,Kathysue

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

I think I want, nay, NEED a trophy lamp. Cause...I'm a winner? I don't know, but I want one. Or two.

Living It At Home said...

I love the bedroom with the tall silver lamps. I have a smaller version from Restoration Hardware.

L @ Salt and Sentiment said...

A lovely lamp can make a room! The venitian glass ones are amazing and so pretty to me.

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

statement pieces for sure, love your sister's ones!
Have a great weekend xoxo

Carolyn said...

I bet you find some at the luvah HomeGoods...jeally! Good luck. More importantly, early congrats!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Very perceptive....I don't know that I noticed this but do now! Love the Tobi Farley lamps and the bedroom. And, funny that I have the same hourglass sand clock as your sister. My husband got it for me from Anthropologie. Have a nice weekend.

Emily A. Clark said...

Who would've thought the huge lamps from the 70's in my grandparents' house might be making a comeback? Love that first room!

Averill said...

Gotta love big lamps -- I'm all about making a statement with lighting!

...and that reminds me, I need to hit up HomeGoods this weekend myself!

LindsB said...

Your sisters lamps are great- I love the dark blue shades on them, it makes them stand out and look important :)

Cindy Robison said...

I was just going to say what comes round goes round but Emily beat me to it! I have two huge lamps in my family room from the early 80s. I still love them.