Finding the right lamps


I’ve been living in my current apartment for two years and only now do I feel happy with the lamps. I think it takes some time to find nice lamps that add something to your apartment apart from light (the obvious) – especially if you’re not able to pay enormous sums. From my experience and numerous trips to interior stores I know that it is quite easy to find beautiful lamps when you don’t care about a heavy price tag, but if that isn’t the case it gets a lot more difficult.

When we moved in there were small halogen lamps installed in the ceilings of our hall way and bathroom, which are convenient because they provide a good light without catching your eye. For my kitchen I already had a small vintage industrial lamp (and there are lights installed above the work surface) but for the other rooms, especially the living and dining room, I didn’t even know what I was looking for. So here’s what I learned.



The more the merrier. Instead of installing one lamp in the middle of the room, use several. If you have diffused light that you can use flexibly – depending on the occasion and atmosphere you’re looking for – your home is going to feel a lot cozier and nicer. In our living room I installed House Doctor’s “Molecular” lamp (which I bought via Einrichten-Design) on the ceiling. Around our sofa I added a big light bulb with a textile cable (I bought mine from Bo Concept) and Ikea’s “Fado” lamp on the floor, plus a table lamp on my desk. I think it would be perfect if we had another floor lamp (maybe this one?) – I like a lot of lamps in the living room because I want it to be really cozy.



RosyCheeks-Lamps-5For our dining room I finally decided to put Bolia’s “Ball Pendle” above the table. If we had a bigger dining table I think I’d like to hang several of them next to each other. And because you might not want to use the main light when you’re having a homely dinner party with friends – and because candles usually don’t provide enough light – I added a small lamp on our book shelf, a pretty table lamp which I bought in Sweden and an illuminated vintage globe. That way there’s a lamp with diffused light in every corner of the room.

I’m not finished with our bedroom yet, so I can’t share that one right now. 😉 I guess this is a never-ending story …

More about interior here and on Pinterest.

3 thoughts on “Finding the right lamps

  1. I’m glad that you mentioned that finding some nice designer lamps is easy if you don’t worry about the big price tag. I’ve been wanting to help my wife find some good designer lamps to not only decorate but add light sources for us. I’m going to have to see what our options are and if we can find some good looking designer lamps for a great price! Thanks for the article!

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