Traditionally, the thinking is that lamps should be about 58 to 64 inches from the top of the finial to the floor. So that means that the shorter the table, the taller the lamp should be.
That’s not the whole story though. There are other factors to consider. In general, I have a ‘go big or go home’ decorating philosophy, so I love really tall lamps, but sometimes I prefer something smaller.
I had these large lamps in my living room.
I still have the lamps; I really like them, but I didn’t like them here. I felt it cut off the room, so I wanted shorter lamps. I switched them out for these Aidan Gray lamps. I felt them didn’t crowd the room. Since you see my sofa from the back a lot, I didn’t want the lamps to obstruct the view of the living room.
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Last week, I ended up changing those lamps out for lamps that are even shorter — 52 inches from the floor.
I think they make the room feel more open. Just keep in mind if you go for a short lamp like this, you might be able to see down inside the lampshade and see the bulbs. That’s the case with these lamps, but I still prefer them because I prefer the short size here. If you are using the lamps for task lighting, then the height of the bulbs can be an issue.
If you want to raise the height of a lamp, you can always put some books underneath the lamps. These are also Aidan Gray lamps.
Now I had a similar thought in my dining room. I wanted lamps a tad shorter. These lamps are 63 inches from the floor. I wondered if it would look more open with shorter lamps. I moved the older Aidan Gray lamps in here.
These lamps are about 3 inches shorter, still in the recommended size. Because the chandelier is in here, I felt I could use shorter lamps to help the room feel more open.
I do love Aidan Gray lamps. This is NOT a sponsored post; I just love the lamps.
See how pretty the gold accents are? (Don’t get too excited Peggy. I’m keeping the old lamps from the dining room. But I do have a lamp and some other things for you in your ‘goodie’ box.)
This lamp is more in the 70″ plus height. So it’s over the recommended height, but I love the drama. Yes I realize the shade got turned around and you are seeing the seam. Oops! I bought this from a shop that was going out of business.
This is another tall lamp on a tall cabinet. It’s also in the 70″ plus height. It’s very old. I think it’s pretty fabulous and the black is so dramatic! I changed out the dated lampshade for this trendy burlap one.
More Aidan Gray lamps in my bedroom. I had to go short because of the wall sconces above the night stands.
Below is a lamp at the farm. I’m not sure of the height, but suspect it’s in the desired range.
Gorgeous details! I bought it wholesale through my shop that I closed a few months ago. I’m not sure where you could buy this.
For a lamp next to a chair, you want the bottom of the lampshade at eye level. The lamp below is vintage.
Again, it’s the gold accents that I am drawn to. This is probably from the 60’s if I had to guess.
So once again, I’m all for knowing the rules, but feel free to break them when needed.
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